We are an Urban Māori Proud community creating spaces where whānau will flourish for generations to come. Whatever your whānau needs are, we are here to support you on your journey.
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.
We began as a movement to rebuild networks of support, now we are leading successful generational change for Urban Māori whānau, Future Makers. 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. Then, 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.
Today, we work in collaboration with our partners nationwide developing a strong indigenous social, educational, health, economic and spiritual agenda.
“Our next great migration will be to break out of the socio-economic deprivation we presently occupy. That breakout is underway and the grandchildren of those within our community will complete it.” -CEO John Tamihere