Tiaki Rise is your chance to join a flourishing community in the ‘Winterless North’ and enjoy a lifestyle that combines both rural and urban living.

Located 12 minutes’ drive north of Whangarei’s CBD, this area has an idyllic country feel and a true sense of adventure, with renowned swimming holes and the scenic Whangarei Falls only minutes away.

Yet everything you need is right on your doorstep including kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary schools, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, the Paramount Plaza, sports grounds and the Denby Golf Course all close by.

Living here, is living as it should be!

Within reach

Points of interest

Check out these local points of interest which are all within easy reach of Tiaki Rise.


TIAKI – (verb) to guard. It also means to preserve, foster, protect and shelter.

The name ‘Tiaki Rise’ comes from this land’s long history of providing care and protection for New Zealand’s vulnerable youth.

Over one hundred years ago ‘The North Auckland Protestant Orphanage Trust’ was established by the local community thanks to a grant from Mr and Mrs Frederick Seymour Potter. A six bedroom facility was built on 10ha of land and was used from 1939-2013 as a home for children who needed care. Since its closure, the building has been used informally to support local families and children in need.

The Trust’s Board subsequently sold 2ha of land to Te Ora Hou Northland so they could continue working with young people on the site. A community recreational hub was developed as a place for local youth to meet. The Board also gave 4000m² to the Whangarei District Council to develop a children’s park on the corner of Corks Rd and Vinegar Hill Rd.

The remaining land was offered to EB Developments Ltd in 2017 who have since developed Tiaki Rise in conjunction with Barrett Homes. The proceeds of this land sale will be used to assist various organisations to continue delivering on the Trust’s original objectives of helping youth in need.

Whangarei Protestant Orphanage
  • May 1925

Established and the 10ha site was acquired.

Name was changed
  • March 1936

To “The North Auckland Protestant Orphanage” and the purpose of the Trust was recorded as “for the benefit of orphans and destitute children who must be brought up in the Protestant Faith”. The name was later changed to “Tikipunga Protestant Children’s Home”.

Funding donation
  • 1939

Mr and Mrs Frederick Seymour Potter and the local authority donated funding to build the orphanage’s dwelling house. The Potters thereafter invested £10,000 to enable the home to have an income.

The home was officially closed in January 2013.

Most recently
  • 31 December 2018

The home and 2ha of the surrounding land was leased and subsequently bought by the Te Ora Hou Northland Inc that provides programmes and assistance for children and young people.