A bit about us

Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust is a non-profit registered charity, unique in its set up as a Kaumātua governed and led organisation which services the needs of Kaumātua within Kirikiriroa. The Trust provides a range of culturally focussed, appropriate and accessible health, social and community-based activities and services for our Kaumātua (55 years and over), with the purpose to enhance their wellbeing and quality of life.


Our vision

“Hei Manaaki Ngā Kaumātua”
To enhance the quality of life and well-being of Kaumātua by providing health, social and educational services for persons 55 years and over. Although focused on Māori, Rauawaawa is not exclusive. There are over 600 Kaumātua registered on Rauawaawa’s database, with 80% reported as Māori.

Our guiding principles

The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust is guided by values and principles of whakawhānaungatanga, manaakitanga, wairuatanga, tino rangatiratanga, and aroha. The organisation recognises that the Kaumātua needs of Māori can differ from that of non-Māori and the Trust lays the ground for meeting these needs through culturally appropriate and holistic protocols.

Our mission

“He Korowai Oranga Hei Tau Awhi i nga Kaumātua”
To offer a Korowai of Services which will wrap around Kaumātua to keep them warm and safe. The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust delivers health, social, educational, cultural, recreational, housing and financial services to those over 55.

Our Facility – Te Puna o Te Ora

Since 1998, Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust has been based at a facility that occupies over one acre of land in Colombo Street, Frankton, Hamilton.

Four phases of manaakitanga

Four distinct phases have taken place at Te Puna o Te Ora since its acquisition by the Waikato Māori Hostel Society in 1938. The first was as a place for Māori to stay when visiting Kirikiriroa; this was run by Mrs Oraihi Whatu. The second was as a hostel for Māori Affairs Trade Training; third was as the Anchorage Trust; and finally, today the Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust runs services for Kaumātua. Read more about our history here.

The latest updates

Our lovely nurse Geraldine and kaiawhina Rachael off to support
Kaumātua with free flu vaccinations again this morning 😊😍

A huge mihi to the Ministry of Health, Waikato District Health Board and Pinnacle Midlands Health Network for supporting Rauawaawa with this initiative.

Many thanks to the WEL Energy Trust, the Hamilton City Council and DV Bryant Trust for helping resource some amazing special winter packs for Kaumātua receiving their vaccinations from our team.

Lastly but never least a special thanks to the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Ngira Collective and Te Kohao Health for the wonderful hygiene box that Kaumātua getting their flu vaccination will also receive.🤩🥰

Keep warm, keep safe and keep well.❤

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Kia ora e te whānau

If you're a Kaumātua and live anywhere from Raglan to Kirikiriroa and would like our team to come and do your free flu vaccination please call us on 0800 333 359.

In the meantime here's a great exercise with our team and beautiful Kuia 🤩 to help burn off that lunch.

Keep warm, keep safe and keep well.❤

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It's here whānau..KORIHI - A QUEST FOR THE BEST!!! 🎵

KORIHI is a national quest to find Māori contemporary music composers able to create waiata that captures and reflects the impact of Covid-19, on whānau, hapū, iwi and communities across Aotearoa. 😍

Therefore, we are calling all composers🎧 song writers🎼 story tellers🎸 singers🎤 jammers🥁 closet poets🎺 muso's🎹 of ALL ages to enter at the link bit.ly/Korihi2020EntryForm (rules & guidelines included).

CASH PRIZES up for grabs including the chance to win $50,000 (yup.... $50k!!!) for your chosen charity which can include marae and voluntary community groups (criteria applies). 💲💲

Big SHOUT OUT to our Sponsors for making this happen. 🙌

**National Urban Māori Authority
**Whānau Ora
**Māori Television
**Te Whakaruruhau o Nga Reo Irirangi Māori

Don't delay whānau..get your entries in NOW!!!

#korihi #questforthebest #composers #songwriters #storytellers #poets #naumai #enternow

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A beautiful surprise on our first day back - we received a kai delivery! 🤗😍 A delicious morning tea, kindly made by Whaea Cairo and Matua Taylor and Whaea Helena and Matua Bill. Thank you very much for getting our new normal off to a wonderful start ❤ ...

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If we can work as a team to address COVID-19 then let's do the same to get rid of this 🙏

Hei Manaaki Ngā Kaumātua - Protecting One Another ❤️

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The latest news

Kaumatua cycling workshop

Kaumatua cycling workshop

A number of our kaumātua are taking part in this year’s IronMāori so we were fortunate to be offered two cycling workshops and a bike from Cycling New Zealand this month. During the first workshop, Cycling NZ’s Mike Young and Sean Christian took our kaumātua through...

Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust would like to acknowledge the invaluable support and generosity of our funders and supporters