Purpose Statement

The aspiration of Manaaki Tairāwhiti is:

E tipu matomato ai ngā whānau o te Tairāwhiti’

‘All Tairāwhiti whānau are flourishing’

The purpose of Manaaki Tairāwhiti is:

Too many whānau in Tairāwhiti are living in crisis and passing that crisis on to their tamariki and mokopuna.

Manaaki Tairāwhiti will work together to transform social wellbeing in Tairāwhiti within one generation so that all whānau are able to meet their own aspirations and lead fulfilling lives

Manaaki Tairāwhiti is a group of local iwi and social cross-sector leaders focused on working together in Tairāwhiti to deliver what is needed for whānau to flourish.

Manaaki Tairāwhiti Principles and Values

  • Whānau First – we consider the needs of tamariki and their whānau above all else.
  • No Excuses – we are solutions focused and action orientated.
  • Strengths – we will adopt a strengths based approach influenced by tamariki and their whānau.
  • Whānau Ora – our solutions place tamariki in the context of their whānau and wider hapū.
  • Integration – we will ensure there is a ‘joined-up’ approach.
  • Evolutionary – we will share learnings to improve our practice and services.
  • Connected – we want everyone to access the right information that connects them to the right services for best results.
  • Simple – we will simplify processes and service provision.
  • Pono – we will develop honest and trusting working relationships regardless of our differences.

Changing the way we operate by:

Decluttering the 12 groups that oversee a variety of projects or trials occurring in Tairāwhiti under multiple levels of governance and funding arrangements.

Shifting to a single group to oversee the various initiatives and services engaging with whānau in Tairāwhiti.

Promoting information sharing that fosters trust between whānau and service providers, and delivers information to frontline service professionals when they need it.

Building a transparent structure that enables iwi and social sector providers to reshape services and lead practice improvements.

Our aim:

  • Providing comprehensive stakeholder engagement.
  • Building an evidence base of what is working best to inform service and funding decisions.
  • Appraising all new initiatives that come into Tairāwhiti to ensure alignment with other joint initiatives such as Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke and Te Pā Harakeke. 
  • To inform and influence local social sector funding decisions. 
  • To build capacity to operate as a commissioning agency.