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

Welcome back to our beautiful kaumatua! Such a pleasure to have you all back for kotahitanga day. ...

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Kia ora e te whānau,
As requested here are our latest beautiful face mask options thanks to our very talented Kuia and her whānau 🤩❤

Just a reminder:
Earlybird prices currently apply $12 + postage

From 31 Oct the price is
$17 + postage

You can place your order by contacting Reception via:
- phone: 0800 333 359; OR
- email: reception@rauawaawa.co.nz; OR
- call into: 50 Colombo Street, Frankton, Hamilton.

All we need from you is:
- How many masks
- Which ones (select the number from your options below)
- Your details and delivery address.

We will confirm the postage cost once your order is made.

As soon as we receive payment we will gratefully send you your taonga💖.


Alternatively if you’d like to make a donation to our facility upgrade, you can do so on our website www.rauawaawa.co.nz/donate/

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Ata marie e te whānau!
Here's a great way to start the day with our team and Kuia 😍💜

PLUS in case you haven't already please don't forget to VOTE, only 3 days left now.


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Why are we doing an age friendly upgrade on our facility "Te Puna o Te Ora"?

Because it has a long and beautiful history of service and our upgrade simply seeks to continue that for our Kaumātua of today and tomorrow 🤩💜

Opened on the 25th August in 1941 the history of "Te Puna o Te Ora" our ageing facility is one of continued service to those in need at different times from all over Aotearoa. This video shares some wonderful insights into it's past.

At 79 years old 💖 this facility now supports those closer to it's own age, some Kaumātua often sharing stories of coming from out of town as children and staying at Te Puna o Te Ora whilst visiting sick whānau in hospital. Others share more mischievous stories of their time as trade trainees or young married couples staying here until they got their own home.

A huge thanks to JR McKenzie for their amazing support to have this video made.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Whaea Haupai Puke, Whaea Te Rita Papesch, Whaea Georgina Paikea and of course one of our much loved and recently departed founder, Matua Tonga Kelly. For the sharing of experiences, photos and insights into the people, the facility and those times, he mihi aroha ki a koutou.

Finally our deepest gratitude goes to Garth Watene of Waiora Productions for creating this beautiful snapshot of history for us all 🥰💖



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Ngā mihi to all those that have supported us by buying our 🍪. We are now out of the Caramel Latte. Running very low on the Protein Choc Berry and Matcha White Chocolate, so get in fast if these are your favorites.

We will post up later when the next batch will be ready.

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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