Te Hiku tamariki with Te Hiku whanau 


A vision and commitment for all tamariki to be in the safe care of their whanau, hapu and iwi is at the heart of the agreement signed by Te Kahu Oranga Whanau and Oranga Tamariki in Kaitaia last Friday. 

Te Kahu Oranga Whanau is a collective of iwi and Maori organisations in Te Hiku o te Ika, which includes Waitomo Papakainga Development Trust, Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri, Te Runanga o Te Rarawa and Tuhiata Mahi Ora. 

The agreement follows four years of progress in designing and delivering services together to enhance support for tamariki and whanau living in Te Hiku. 

Katie Murray, Kaiarahi of Waitomo Papakainga, says the partnership enables further action in Te Hiku to ensure tamariki are in the safe care of their whanau, hapu and iwi.   

“Our moemoea is that there will be no more Maori children in our rohe going into state care.  We are talking about evolution. Maori will be given back control of our own destiny of our children and our whanau,” says Katie. 

“Iwi organisations who can reach out and support whanau which is crucial, especially at this time, we’ve got Covid issues, we’ve got mahi issues, these types of social services are required to ensure the integrity of our people, not just now, but well in to the future,” says Phill (Hoddy) Murray, Te Tumu Whakarae o Te Runanga o Te Rarawa. 

Me mihi ka tika ki nga ropu katoa – huge mihi to Waitomo Papakainga, Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri, Tuhiata Mahi Ora and Oranga Tamariki. 


Click here to watch the signing video.