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The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust was established in 1997 by a group of Kaumātua that identified a need for Kaumātua (55 years and over) culturally focussed, appropriate and accessible health, social and community based activities and services. The overarching aim being to, enhance the quality of life and well-being of Kaumātua. Today it continues to operate as a unique Kaumātua governed and led organisation serving elders within the Kirikiriroa area on a daily basis as well as throughout Aotearoa during annual events such as the Kaumātua Olympics. The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust is a non-profit registered charitable entity with over six hundred Kaumātua registered on its database with eighty (80%) percent reported as Maori, sixty five (65%) percent reported as female and thirty five (35%) male. The 3 key reasons identified by Kaumatua for accessing support from Rauawaawa are Health (36%), Education and Information (34%) and Socialisation (30%).


The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust is quality accredited under the Te Wana Quality Health Programme and has been recognised across multiple service delivery sectors and received the Child Youth and Family award in 2006, the Aotearoa Community Education (ACE) Innovation Award in 2007, an Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) achievement award in 2007 and a Whanau Ora Finalist award in 2007. A Minister of Health Volunteers Award was made for Outstanding Service in 2015 to Kiriata Matthews our current Co-Chair for the Kotahitanga Committee.  The organisation was also instrumental in hosting the first inaugural National Kaumātua Conference in Kirikiriroa 2007.  From this there has since been conferences held in Palmerston North, and Nelson supporting the potential capacity and capability of the Kaumātua service provider sector. It is through these forums that the National Collective initiative "Hei Manaaki nga Kaumatua Charitable Trust" has been conceived.



Ph: 07 847 6980

Fax: 07 847 6981

Em: reception@rauawaawa.co.nz




50 Colombo Street, Frankton



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