Our Whakapapa

Te Rau Matatini was established in 2002 and was rebranded as Te Rau Ora in 2019. We share this photo gallery as a way to show some of our history and story about why we are here, where we came from and what has been important to us.

2002 – 2010

On the 8th March 2002, Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia launched Te Rau Matatini.  

The first CEO was Kirsty Maxwell Crawford (2002-2011); Clinical Coordinator Paul Hirini, with leadership and guidance received from Dr Mason Durie.  Te Rau Matatini  originally based in Palmerston North, established into a Trust with significant representation of Māori leaders from the mental health and addiction sector.

During this integral period, Te Rau Matatini broadened its reach across all of health and disability sector, still holding onto its passion of the mental health and addiction sector.

2011 – 2019

Three CEO’s commenced during this period: Trish Davis (2011-2013),  Marama Parore (2014- 2017) and Maria Baker (2017- current). 

Te Rau Matatini emerged into an independent not for profit NGO, with offices in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington, with a broad focus on strengthening  Māori health & wellbeing.

In 2019, We rebranded from Te Rau Matatini to Te Rau Ora.

Our new name and look brings us into alignment with our mission, culture and belief to strengthen our people. The name ‘Te Rau Ora’ reflects our unique and inclusive way of capturing and exchanging overall kaupapa of what matters to Māori.

We maintain a commitment to the mental health and addiction sector and want the world to know that we are not just a workforce centre, but rather our overall focus is about the health and wellbeing of Māori.


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