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

Tēnā koutou katoa,

From noon yesterday, Wednesday 12 August 2020, Aotearoa increased in COVID-19 Alert Levels to:
1. Level 3 in the Auckland region; and
2. Level 2 in all other regions.

Our aroha goes out to all those in Auckland and across the rest of Aotearoa at this time. Look after yourselves, your whānau and your neighbours and as always during this unprecedented time, be kind and -

Stay safe, Stay well and whenever you can Stay home.

So what does this mean for Kaumātua at Rauawaawa?

To ensure the safety and well-being of all of our Kaumātua:

1. All face to face classes and programs for the remainder of this week only (until Sunday 16 August) are suspended.

2. We will continue to update you throughout this time with important announcements.

3. If you need any support please feel free to ring us on 0800 333 359 alternatively you can also email us on reception@rauawaawa.co.nz

As a start to this morning, we hope you have fun with our team in this video. We have much more to come online for you - so watch this space.

In addition one of our Kuia and her whānau have made beautiful face masks (see below) and if you would like to buy one they are on special for $17.00 (gst incl) until next week Friday only. After that they will return to $20.00 (gst incl) each.

Our online shop is in the process of being pulled together so for now feel free to ring 0800 333 359 (8.30am to 5.00pm) or email us on reception@rauawaawa.co.nz if you would like to purchase a mask.

Hei Manaaki ngā Kaumātua - We're Protecting One Another ❤

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Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency and Tainui Collective are hosting a Economic Business Summit.

📅 Friday 14th August
📍 Te Wananga o Aotearoa-Campus Mangakotukutuku.

#REGISTERTODAY using the link below to secure your spot!


Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust
Raukawa Charitable Trust
The Ngati Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust
@Taumarunui Kokiri Trust
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki
Kirikiriroa Marae
Raukura Hauora o Tainui
Waahi Whaanui Trust
@Nga-Miro Health-Centre

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A beautiful opportunity to welcome our Kaumātua back from lockdown, mihi to one another, remind everyone that its not over yet so let's all stay vigilant and live the safest and best way we can under this new environment 💝💖

Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou

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