Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust is an Urban Maori Authority and was founded on the strength of its social, education, health, economic and
spiritual indigenous self-determination agenda - ‘Mana Maori Motuhake’.
In 2009, the Trust celebrates 25 years of existence. We will honour and acknowledge our original founders who have gone on before us, leaving the legacy of Waipareira. ‘Haere atu ra, haere atu ra’.
Over the years, Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust has built strong and lasting relationships. This is evident in its services provided in the local city of Waitakere and across Aotearoa.
The 80s was a decade of big change instigated by those who we now consider to be our activist leaders. It was the beginning of Te Kohanga Reo, Treaty claims were in full swing, more Maori were going to universities than ever, and the idea of "by Maori, for Maori" being coined by many.
In West Auckland, there were over 50 pan-tribal organisations delivering education, sports, training and more to Maori. Yet, they had little control over the city's development and were stuck in a cycle of erratic funding with no real coordination of resources and skills. They were all dealing with problems created by rapid urbanisation. Decades of high unemployment, poor housing, low education and more were continuing to seriously undermine the potential of urban Maori.
However, Government funders did not favour small and loose groupings. A structure was needed to influence development and the groups came together to form Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust in 1984.
That first decade saw the Trust establish its kaupapa (purpose) and values, deliver its first basic services and purchase its first premises - the old police station buildings in Henderson. It was by no means a lavish affair with the board struggling to meet costs for light bulbs and toilet paper. The 80s were not abundant years, but they gave the community a new way of working together and set the scene for the successes that were to follow in the 90s.
The next decade began with uncertainty after the results of an audit revealed the financial woes of the Trust. The wero (challenge) was not ignored. With the arrival of new CEO John Tamihere, the Trust was launched into a youthful, snappy style of management and a laser sharp determination that would see expansion and growth throughout the 90s. The Trust refined its coordination of people and resources, delivered targeted services, and gathered more assets and businesses. It also sent forth its first wero to the Crown, and indeed to Iwi (tribal groups) around the country, that tested their perception that urban Maori should not be considered in Treaty of Waitangi claims processes.
That decade saw the Trust's profile rise to a national level - suddenly everyone knew about Waipareira. On one hand, people saw a successful organisation with an astute approach to business and to the Government sector. On the other, they saw an organisation with a growing reputation for being provocative and one that was not afraid of politics and activism.
The 2000s have seen some difficult years and there is ongoing anticipation that with the reappointment of John Tamihere in February 2007, good progress will continue to be made.
We constantly remind ourselves of those who have gone before us and who had a devotion and love for our people in the cities. As we evolve and find new ways to respond and act in the world, we still hold onto the base values of our old people. And on that note, e hoa ma, we invite you to read carefully through the following values that we hold close.
We are committed to always remember and never forget the huge sacrifices of those have gone on before us.
We must respect and trust each other, we must protect one another.
We will always rejoice in our Maoritanga and accept change and progress in the continuing re-definition of our tikanga.
We must strive for the upholding of the dignity, humility, integrity, and credibility of the individuals that make up this whanau and indeed the whanau itself.
We must support the right for us to continue to challenge ourselves individually and collectively in regard to the way in which we are progressing and developing.
We must continue to learn from our mistakes and rejoice and celebrate with our successes.
We are committed to equality of opportunity, to equity, to fairness in all aspects of our whanau.
We acknowledge that all things are not equal, that perception and reality mean that we will see things in different ways yet we will always be guided in our periods of disharmony by our whakatauki "Kokiritika i roto i te kotahitanga".
We value, cherish and respect our diverse and rich tribal backgrounds.
We will honour this diverse tribal heritage and the co-operative movement of this rich, diverse heritage is acknowledged as one of the most powerful influences and drivers that have shaped this whanau.
We are committed to and value always all Maori whether they be in the leadership of Ahuatanga Maori, whether they be in prison, in a gang, a beneficiary, unemployed, in hospital, dirty, unkept, unwanted, unclean, undesirable, ugly, poor, deprived and impoverished.
We will measure ourselves and the way in which we treat with and uplift these our people.
We respect integrity and credibility in the way in which we conduct ourselves, we value courage and tenacity and after all is done we will conduct ourselves with dignity and humility.
Our logo was a gift from Whaea May Collins who designed it for Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust. The brief was to depict “Forever progressing forward under the umbrella of Te Whanau O Waipareira”. The main koru depicts Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust and the three smaller koru underneath represent other organisations under the umbrella of the Trust. The progressive movement comes from the onward and upward thrust of the logo.