About Us

Te Rūnanga o Ngā Maata Waka is the Urban Māori Authority for Te Waipounamu. They assist Māori to fulfil their dreams and aspirations and strive towards tino rangatiratanga with integrity.

They deliver a range of services in health, education, justice, social services, creative arts, housing, business development, community development, cultural identity and competence, Marae etiquette practice and customs, and the youth sectors.


·       Building Financial Capability

o   Budgeting advice and assistance

·       Mother & Pēpi

o   A support for mothers and their pēpi aged 0 – 2 years of age

·       Transition To Adulthood

o   Provide support to 16 to 25 year-olds to help them transition from state care to independence

·       Tiaki Tangata

o   Reintergration support service for Māori offenders sentenced for 2 years or more

·       Certificate/Diploma in Health & Wellbeing – Level 4 & 5

o   Twelve-month course which covers both theory and practice skills for those planning a career in social services or community work

·       Whānau Resilience and Integrated Safety Response

o   Supporting individuals and their whānau experiencing family violence/harm matters to live violent free lives

·       Māori Wardens

o   Based at Ngā Hau e Whā Marae

·       Driving Education

o   Five qualified Driving Instructors. Affordable Driving Lessons. Class 1 Licensing from Learners to Full. Class 2 & 4 Heavy Truck Licensing. Defensive Driving.

·       Community Connector

o   Navigating whānau to available services and supporting whānau impacted by Covid-19

·       Whānau Ora Navigators

o   Wraparound service for whānau including: Advocacy, Goal planning and Resilience building.

·       Te Pae Oranga

o   Iwi Community Panels are an alternative option to court to help prevent youth and adults from re-offending

·       Rangatahi Youth Court

o   An alternative to Youth Court that is help on the Marae and adheres to Marae cultural practices

·       Functional Family Therapy

o   Short term intervention for young people aged 10 – 17, and their whānau to help strengthen their relationships and reduce conflict by addressing problem behaviours

·       Tai Aranui – Youth Mentoring

o   Mentoring for Rangatahi at risk of offending, or who have offended. Aged 10 – 17 years old

·       Kahu Matarau Intensive Response Service

o   To support whanau to keep tamariki safe and well at home and out of statutory care

·       Whānau As First Navigators

o   To support whānau to the right service at the right time

·       Enabling Communities

o   To bring this initiative to fruition

·       Employment Placement Services

o   To support

·       Ngā Hau E Whā National Marae, Kitchen and Catering Services, Kaumatua Support Services

o   Landscaping, gardening, cleaning, hosting and kitchen management

·       Volunteer Services

o   Māori Wardens, Māori Representative on several Committees, Panels, Advisory Groups


Phone: 03 382 6628
Physical Address:
250 Pages Rd
Te Waipounamu