This database is a collation of Māori community based organisations serving in one or across all Waitākere Local Board boundaries and is sponsored by the Henderson-Massey Local Board. It will be updated every six-months to ensure it remains current and accurate.
This database serves the interests of the Māori community, providing a guide for whānau Māori in understanding services, for and or by Māori and available to Māori in the Waitākere boundaries. This database as a tool, provides the Local Boards of Waitākere one reference point of the assets that exist in the Māori community. Assets that Local Boards could potentially work with and support in their efforts to meet the needs of Māori communities in each constituency.
An important role the database serves is ensuring Māori service providers are familiar with activities beyond their own service to complement and maximise support options for whānau Māori. As a community resource the database may increase and improve communication and collaboration of Māori community organisations among each other and with their Local Board. Most importantly the greatest value may be the improved benefits for the Māori communities being served in the Waitākere area.
If we are to maintain a Kaupapa Māori approach to the criteria then it is the Māori community who should determine the membership terms of reference. Some Māori organisations were very firm that eligibility for inclusion be those grounded by a Kaupapa Māori foundation and operating as such. The terms for this being – Māori founded, Māori designed, Māori owned, kaupapa that is centred primarily to benefit Māori, te reo me ona tikanga is valued and imbedded in their practice, and with a mandate from and accountability to their Māori community. This being the case, the database membership should be a resource for Māori, to empower Māori first and foremost by providing access to Māori centred services.
It was decided to accept self-identification from organisations who acknowledge and are recognised as Māori. Those non-Māori organisations included are highlighted as such to ensure it is clear they are NOT Māori organisations.