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Our past shapes us but the future is our design.


“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 Te Whānau o Waipareira, John Tamihere

Pre-WWII – Rural Māori Communities
Before World War II, 90 percent of Māori lived in rural tribal communities. By the mid-1970s, almost 80 percent 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.

1980s – Rebuilding Networks

Starting out as a movement to rebuild networks of support, Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust was incorporated in May 1984, and in 1988, we bought the old Henderson Police Station as headquarters.

Since 2000 – Gaining Strength

In 2008, Te Whānau o Waipareira became a founding and senior member of the National Urban Māori Authority, a proactive collective that influences and advances Māori economic and social development. NUMA’s primary goal is to advocate through strengthening and sustaining whānau success through a dedicated workforce and innovative solutions.

In 2013, Waipareira launched “Whānau Future Makers, A 25-Year Outlook”. This 25-year plan represents a significant milestone in planning the future for our people working with whānau. In particular, we are excited by the Mataora model for whānau development, a model that has continued to be refined since the development of our first whānau integration model – ‘the hub and spoke’ in 1991.

Wai-Research, established in 2014, was the next step on our Future Makers pathway for long-term impact and sustainable change producing qualitative and quantitative evidence and experience-based publications from the heart of the community we serve.

Now and the Future for Urban Māori
We are now leading successful generational change for Urban Māori whānau. We work in collaboration with our partners nationwide, developing a strong indigenous social, educational, health, economic and spiritual agenda.

Everything we do is underpinned by our values: Te Kauhau Ora

Te Kauhau Ora- Code of Conduct