Aroha Ngā Mokopuna

The Aroha Ngā Mokopuna Innovation was created by Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust in response to the Ministry of Health Te Ao Auahatanga Hauora Māori: Māori Innovation Fund (Te Kakano Category 2013-2017). The key priority for this funding is ‘Tikanga a Tamariki Mokopuna’ – meaning Te Ao Māori approaches to whanau health and wellbeing through improved child health outcomes.


Rauawaawa recognise that Kaumātua are taonga to whanau, hapu and iwi structures. In their traditional and formal role, they are the guardians of knowledge and traditions. As guardians of the whanau, Kaumātua are often responsible for the health and wellbeing of the whanau. (PHC, 1995).


During this four-year pilot, currently being led by Caccia Dennison, the Aroha Ngā Mokopuna Kaumātua Team are delivering a health promotion service into four schools in the Hamilton region, to identify and address the health, wellbeing and cultural needs of tamariki in years 1-13 within a kaupapa Māori framework, incorporating kaupapa Māori principles.



Waka Hourua

An excellent opportunity was secured from Te Rau Matatini for the period May 2014 - May 2015 to develop resources that are were in essence Kaumātua-friendly. The aim being to inform and provide Kaumātua with support in the area of Suicide Prevention.


This project was lead by Pare Meha and the video resources developed with the filming and editing support of Garth Watene may be accessed at this location.


He Ara Wairua Auaha

He Ara Wairua Auaha -A Pathway of Sharing Innovations and Aspirations (“the Innovation”). This innovation was lead by Yvonne Wilson from 2010 to 2013. It's overall aim was to improve promote and protect the health of Kaumātua by providing a coordinated and responsive health and disability support programme across two other regions, Hauraki and Manawatu. The project identified a number of resources required to assist roopu pull together Kaumātua led services. Overall it identified that significant support is required to create opportunities for Kaumātua wellbeing to be driven and implemented successfully. Hence the sharing of resources developed by Rauawaawa was key as well as the development of the Rauawaawa Korowai framework led by Maehe Maniapoto.


The outcomes of this project may be found at the following address:

Maori Health Innovation







Upcoming Events


Here at Rauawaawa we have many upcoming events. Be sure to check back here often as we constantly add new events to our calendar.

October - December 2016

Here at Rauawaawa we have many upcoming events. For the next three months this is what we have planned at Rauawaawa.


1.  10th October- 15th December  - Buy a Brick/Plaque (Facilities Fundraiser open with limited spaces, last phase of selling in 2016) click here to order now


2.  7th October - Fire and Ice themed Kaumātua Ball


3.  27th October - Kaumatua Olympics


For More information:


Phone: 07 847 6980

For further information contact Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust



Ph: 07 847 6980

Fax: 07 847 6981





50 Colombo Street, Frankton



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