Nau mai, haere mai
Our past shapes us but the future is our design.
We are an Urban Māori Proud community with more than 30 years of history creating spaces where whānau will flourish for generations to come.
Before World War II, 90% of Māori lived in rural tribal communities. By the mid-1970s, almost 80% lived in cities. For a long time, the effects of urbanisation have reverberated through our whānau. Generation to generation. One of the great side effects of rapid urbanisation has been the loss of important whānau networks and community.
In the early days an aunty remembers standing up on the back of the truck at K Road doing kapa haka, fundraising to put up a marae. From there, in May 1984, Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust was incorporated and in 1988 we bought the old Henderson Police Station as headquarters. At that time, an uncle remembers the struggle sitting around arguing about how we were going to buy light bulbs and toilet paper.
Starting out as a movement to rebuild networks of support, we are now leading successful generational change for Urban Māori whānau with our #FutureMakers focus.
Today, we work in collaboration with our partners nationwide developing a strong indigenous social, educational, health, economic and spiritual agenda.