Profiles of Māori Development Rōpū


The Proactive Māori Development sub-committee of the J R McKenzie Trust Te Kāwai Toro (TKT), was set up to progress Māori development ‘proactive’ initiatives. You can learn more about TKT here.

Below are the profiles of grantees funded through TKT.

Te Rau Matatini

The Trust was established in 2002. One of Te Rau Matatini’s key roles is to provide workforce development to Māori Health providers/sector.

Kaupapa: TRM have brought together Māori and Pasifika youth leaders from around Aotearoa who would be available to government, other agencies and community organisations to ensure activities, programmes and approaches for suicide prevention is evidence based, appropriate, accessible and acceptable to rangatahi.

Purpose of Funding: National Māori Youth Leadership: Building resilience and strength against suicide

Te Mauri Tau

Begun in 1995 Te Mauri Tau is a kaupapa-Māori based education organisation, located in Whaingaroa (Raglan). Poutiria te Aroha [PA] is an approach to parenting education that draws on two rich traditions – the philosophy and practice of nonviolence, and the knowledge and tikanga of Te Ao Māori. The aim is to create a whole-of-community model, promoting nonviolence in all community interactions, with the outcome of greater well-being for tamariki and whānau.

Kaupapa: Poutama and Hine – Whānau successfully navigating the passage from childhood to adulthood alongside their teenagers, for the wellbeing of our communities and wider world

Purpose of Funding
: a project founded in the kaupapa of Poutiria te Aroha, developed by a graduate of the PA training. This project specifically addresses the needs of youth, in connection with their whānau and community.

Area Covered: Whaingaroa/Raglan, and other areas

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Mauria Te Pono

Kim Whaanga-Kipa and her husband Manny, established Mauria Te Pono in 2013 born from dreams, strengths and experiences of their whānau.

Kaupapa: Their goal is to offer opportunities for whānau to have a voice, to design and determine their own destinies and restore hope.

Purpose of Funding: Whānau investment – building the capacity of whānau “Educating whānau to educate themselves”.

Ngātiwai Trust

The Trust Board was established in 1966. They operate a Private Training Establishment (PTE), a high performing commercial portfolio, a partnerhship wth DOC etc. Ngātiwai are developing a social development arm with a focus on housing, employment, youth suicide, and alcohol and drug prevention.

Kaupapa: due to the high suicide rate of young people in their region, Ngātiwai trialled some initiatives which they ran from 2014 – 2017, taking a positive focus on responding to the needs of their taitamariki.

Purpose of Funding: to bring together the proven successes from previous projects, develop them further and create a toolbox of resources that can be offered to other Māori communities in Te Taitokerau and then nationally.

Hikurangi Huataukina / Hikurangi Enterprises

A charitable trust based on the East Coast with a focus on job creation and economic development for hapū in the Waiapu catchment between Waipiro Bay and Rangitukia.

The Trust owns a number of social enterprises under Hikurangi Enterprises Ltd. Current initiatives include natural health product development, apiculture industry support, training for subsistence lifestyles, a renewable energy cooperative, medical cannabis, venture capital for local start-ups and services for Māori landowners to make good decisions about land management and development opportunities.

Purpose of Funding: Sustainable Hapū Economic Development


Poutama Rites of Passage

Established with a focus on supporting young people to navigate the passage of adolescence. A time of extensive physical and psychological change that sets the stage for life.

Purpose of Funding: teenagers successfully navigating the passage of childhood to adulthood, for the wellbeing of their communities and wider world.

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Ka Hao Te Rangatahi

Ka Hao Te Rangatahi set up gang and crime prevention and intervention programmes in 2005. The Trust runs programmes targeted at 12-17 year olds and 17+ year old Māori males.

Their purpose is to deliver programmes that are guided by social, educational, leadership and cultural standards to steer rangatahi away from crime and gangs in Napier south.

Purpose of Funding: Māori leadership programme

Te Whare Hukahuka

A social enterprise with charitable purpose and intent. It’s Constitution says “The Company’s primary objective is to improve the lives of ten million indigenous people through the advancement of education and the relief of poverty.

Purpose of Funding: creating Maori social enterprise financial sustainability by selling products online, directly to customers (in international markets).


Area Covered: Aotearoa


Ngāti Porou Hauora & Huringa Pai Trust

Established in 1995 after considerable consultation with the local community. Ngāti Porou Hauora (NPH) became a subsidery of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou Trust in 2011. NPH is the main provider of health services on the East Coast. It aims to improve the health status and increasing the life expectancy of the local population.

Dr Willem Jordaan started with a ‘walking group’ around the streets of Kaiti, beach walks and eventually maunga Hikurangi for people/whānau who had diabetes. 2½ years later, the results are extremely positive, and some have returned to a ‘pre-diabetic’ state.

Purpose of Funding: To carry out a kaupapa Māori evaluative case study to inform other Māori community-led developments to optimise hauora.

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The Moko Foundation

The Moko Foundation was established in 2014 to work in partnership with communities and organisations to enhance outcomes and build resilience, capability and capacity. Invigorate communities to drive positive outcomes. Propagate iwi leaders in communities and beyond.

The iMOKO™ programme places technology (smart tablets with iMOKO™ software) into schools and trains approved people to conduct health assessments of common child health problems.

Information that is gathered at this point of care using this technology is interpreted by a telehealth team in the cloud using smart software supported by machine learning to make an accurate and prompt diagnosis and treatment. Cases are approved by a telehealth clinician and treatment in the form of medication prescriptions is sent back to parents and caregivers of children by way of an iMOKO™ Parent App.

Purpose of Funding: To recruit a Project Manager and administrator who will carry out the three year plan, namely health and wellbeing initiatives and Youth Leadership

Area covered: Kaitaia, Northland, South Auckland (and extending further)

Maoriland Film Festival

The aim of Māoriland Film Festival is to establish a world class International, Indigenous and Industry focused film festival in NZ. Also to create opportunities for Māori filmmakers to create films and to grow the economic, cultural and social opportunities for Ōtaki and the Kāpiti Coast. The benefactors are youth through the youth filmmaking workshops and screenings aimed at tamariki through to taiohi.

Purpose of Funding: ‘Ngaro atu he tētē kura, whakaeke mai he tētē kura’ – When one chief disappears another is ready to appear.

Area Covered: Ōtaki, Kāpiti, Aotearoa, Te Ao/Internationally

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae Trust

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae Trust was established in 1984 and the Marae itself in 1986 in Mangere when local Kaumātua and Kuia had strong aspirations to establish a base for local whānau and the wider community to better connect to each other, the whenua and to learn about Māori art and culture.

Kaupapa: Te Korowai Orangatanga o Papatūānuku – The Wellness Cloak of Papatūānuku

Purpose of Funding: to further grow and excel in facilitating Kaitiakitanga (guardianship), Whānaungatanga (relationships) for collaborative projects that educate & empower their communities and Manaakitanga, where Marae whānau are immersed in Mātauranga Māori and Tikanga Marae.

Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi

Established in 2005 by the Ōtautahi branch of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, with the mission: “We enhance the health and wellbeing of Māori/women and their whanau to achieve their aspirations.”

We work with Māori and the more vulnerable, by delivering funded services and community based initiatives to support their journey as Māori in their community and accessing services and initiatives.

Kaupapa: safe, healthy,stable and connected whānau securing positive futures for all generations.

Purpose of Funding: developing new income streams. To be more responsive, as well as build a more sustainable organisation PkO recognises it needs to increase the diversity of its revenue stream.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

The third largest Iwi with 9.2% of the total Māori population.

Purpose of Funding: ‘Kia Rangatira te Tū’: A Ngāti Kahungunu response to disproportionate levels of Māori imprisonment.

They state: “One of our goals is to replace the failed Corrections system by designing, developing and administering a kaupapa Māori based approach to the issue of Māori mass imprisonment. We envisage the development of a distinct Māori environment whereby we will be working with our own people in our own way.”

“We envisage a grass roots community-up approach where the wider Ngāti Kahungunu community will be adopting a much greater role in the administration of Court imposed sentences, a ‘by Māori for Māori’ approach. To be more
specific, a by Ngāti Kahungunu for Māori’ approach.”

Todd Foundation & Hono Kāwai

The Todd family (owners of the Todd Corporation) has a strong history of philanthropy, with the first formal Todd charitable trust established in the 1950s. The Todd Foundation is a philanthropic family foundation who provide funding and support to organisations based in Aotearoa NZ that add to their vision of ‘An inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand where all families, children and young people can thrive and contribute’.

Rangatira Investments

Rangatira is New Zealand’s pioneering middle-market investor. We look to co-invest with ambitious owners and managers to develop iconic New Zealand brands and success stories. We’ve been doing this since 1937, and while many things have changed in that time, our commitment to building great NZ businesses has not.

J R McKenzie Trust receives the dividends from Rangatira investments for allocation to rōpū and our operational costs.