Stage one of the Whakapaumahara Marae rebuild in Whananaki has begun. Stage one will see the building of a new Whareiti (toilet) and ablution block, new septic drainage system and new water treatment system.
Jim Peters has done many things in his long and extensive career. To name a few, he has been a teacher and Principal, a Member of Parliament with the New Zealand First Party, Chairman of the Northland Regional Counsel and for the past twelve years he has been the Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of the University of Auckland.
In the 2008 New Year Honours list, Jim was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to local-body affairs, education and the community. However at the age of 81, Jim’s term as Vice-Chancellor came to an end, and on the 19th of November a celebration of Jim’s service to the University was held in Auckland.