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

Half practice, some bloopers, but a whole lot of fun for the team and some beautiful Kuia who came to help us out 🤗 ❤️ ...

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The sweet singing of our Kotahitanga Committee fills our hearts with love ❤❤❤️ ...

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Our Chairman visited the site for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown to thank all of our team in person for doing their best to look after Kaumātua during this period 💐🤗💐 Then he did this mihi to all of our funders for their support ⭐️❤ ...

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Our Kotahitanga Committee returned to Rauawaawa today for a short planning hui ❤️ They to wanted to mihi to all the Kaumātua out there 🤗Thanks Matua Sam ❤💐❤ ...

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A huge mihi to our funders, board, Kotahitanga Committee, team and much needed whānau volunteers. We could not have supported Kaumātua the way we have since lockdown without you. Rauawaawa is very blessed ❤❤❤ ...

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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