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Wai Research to study Māori mental health

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wai Research – the research arm of Whānau Waipareira – will carry out a 12-month project that could refocus services for Māori mental health.


The Ngā Kanohi Kitea grant from the New Zealand Health Research Council will allow Wai Research to explore the mental health needs of the West Auckland Māori community. Those needs can be easily replicated throughout the country.


‘HeKimihia te Hauora Hinengaro’ will build on what is already known about kaupapa Māori models of mental health service delivery. This will be supported by Wai Research’s ‘Kaupapa Māori Mo

dels of Psychological Therapy & Mental Health Services’ literature review which was published in 2016, as well as engaging with the West Auckland community around their mental health needs and current service provision.


This research will have the oversight of Wai Research Pou, Professor Sir Mason Durie, one of the foremost experts in Māori psychology, alongside a team of researchers who are experts in their fields and include mental health researcher Dr Te Kani Kingi, and Mark Strang, Maori mental health counsellor.


Wai Research Director Dr Tanya Allport said this was an important project.


“Whānau Waipareira is very excited to be able to profile the needs of our West Auckland Maori community,” Dr Allport said.


“While we know through our frontline services there are high and complex needs, there is no current research of our particular area to prove this. Receiving the grant from the Health Research Council will allow us to be specific about identifying the existing issues and the existing mental health services, and also determine the barriers that are stopping our people from accessing the right services.”

HeKimihia te Hauora Hinengaro’ follows up the ‘Kaupapa Māori Models of Psychological Therapy & Mental Health Services’ literature review. For the full report or more information go to the Wai Research tab.



UK reggae band and home grown talent headline FREE Waitangi Day concert

Friday, December 02, 2016

UK reggae band and home grown talent headline FREE Waitangi Day concert


UK band Black Slate – who had a smash hit Amigo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9NgIPLtwSc - Aaradhna and Katchafire will headline the 2017 Waitangi@Waititi concert on February 6, 2017 at Hoani Waititi Marae.


Waipareira has brought together an outstanding line-up of musicians and dancers to celebrate our national day.


Waipareira Chair Raymond Hall said this year’s talent was top notch.


Alongside the three main acts, Waitangi@Waititi has The Royal Family Dance crew, Kings. Moana & The Tribe, Rob Ruha, Ray Bishop, ABBIE, Maaka, IHI and the Freshman’s Dance Crew.


“We have looked to cater musically for all, from our youth to our kaumatua,” Raymond said.


“It’s going to be an incredible day – as the previous three years we have had at Hoani Waititi Marae have been. An added attraction this year will be a talent quest segment.”


This is the 4th year Waipareira has delivered this FREE concert to the west Auckland community.


Raymond said Waitangi@Waititi was the No 1 event in Tamaki Makaurau and whanau were coming from far and wide to enjoy the day.


 There will be plenty of kai stalls, a safe and secure free kid’s entertainment area, information stalls and free water and watermelon stations.


 “This is a great event to bring the kids as well as Nan and pop along to,” Raymond said.


Waitangi@Waititi is a smoke free, alcohol free, drug free, violence free event. The main stage entertainment starts at 10am.



Waipareira Board Remains Intact

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Waipareira Chair Raymond Hall says the organisation continues with a strong financial and governance position – a reason why the same three trustees were voted back on to the Board at the Annual General Meeting.



Hundreds turned up to Hoani Waititi Marae in west Auckland to participate in Waipareira’s yearly report card back to the community.

Along with the Financial and Executive Officer’s report, Trustees Evelyn Taumaunu, Jared ‘Bumpa’ Taumaunu and kaumatua Phil Paki’s three year Board rotation was ending.


Those three, along with four others had been accepted as candidates, following a robust nomination process led by law expert Dayle Takitimu. “We were in a fortunate position to have seven outstanding candidates nominated, and left it for the Waipareira whānau to make the decision on who to endorse,” Raymond said.


“I offer my congratulations to Evelyn, Bumpa and Phil for their reselection to the Waipareira Board.



“The vote also shows me the confidence this whānau have in this Board to keep it intact.”


“I’d also like to thank the Returning Officer Dayle Takitimu for running a smooth and open nomination and voting process.”



Raymond said the Chief Financial Officer’s report, highlighted Waipareira was financially sound with

  • The 5 entities managed by the Waipareira back office receiving unmodified audit opinions from KPMG
  • delivered $1.4 million on operating surplus and equity of $28.5m
  • Remains debt free
  • Since 2006, total group assets increased 89% to $34.6m

“The Board has invested heavily in our people, which is why we raised our minimum wage to $20, and also technology,” Raymond said.

“We will always look for ways to do what’s right and best for our staff and west Auckland whanau.”


Copies of the 2015-2016 Waipareira’s Annual Report will be available on the Waipareira website later this month.



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