Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Ngā Iwi o Mōkai Pātea Services

by Tania Korau


Ngā Iwi O Mōkai Pātea Services Trust trading as Mōkai Pātea Services is a new organisation that officially began on 6th January 2014. This organisation is the result of a transitional process that was started over four years ago with governance members from Otaihape Māori Komiti inc. It is a collective organisation that represents the vision of four iwi within the Mōkai Pātea region, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Tamakopiri, Ngāti Hauiti and Ngai Te Ohuake.

Mōkai Pātea services are one of five iwi health providers in the region that hold a collective kaupapa Māori mental health contract under the Whanganui District Health Board. These health providers work closely together to provide health and social support for whānau, hapū, and iwi in the area and embrace the principles of Whānau Ora. The values they hold set the boundaries within which they work. These values are Whakapapa (history), whanaungatanga (connectedness), manaakitanga (respect), wairua (spirit), mauri (life essence), tikanga (customs), mana whenua (traditional land owners), mana (authority), rangatiratanga (chiefly), te reo (language), rangimarie (peace), aroha (love), tika (honest), pono (truth), kaitiakitanga (guardianship).

Located in the Taihape area Mōkai Pātea services aim to maintain the collective iwi vision: Te Rangatiratanga o ngā hapū o Mōkai Pātea. Having strong whānau (family), hapu (subtribe) and iwi (tribe) is paramount to their success and ensuring the wellbeing of their whānau takes priority.

Their work involves:

  • One on one client work
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating projects aimed at improving the health of the people.
  • An affiliated budget service and non-clinical service.
  • Developing iwi links into Te Ao Māori business within the area
  • Te Rōpū Oranga – health and fitness for the elderly
  • Whānau ora services • Kia tū ngā rangatahi o Mōkai Pātea – a mentoring program for youth.

Publication Details

ISBN978-1-98-850123-9 (Electronic), 978-1-98-850124-6 (Print)
CITATIONKorau, T. (2016). Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Ngā Iwi o Mōkai Pātea Services. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Kīwai Rangahau, Te Rau Matatini.