About Us

In 1999, a “Child and Family Support Services Conference” was held in Auckland which brought together Maori practitioners and providers.

It was at this hui that the establishment of a Maori social service was first proposed. The idea for a Maori Social Service gained support at a conference held at Wahiao Marae, Rotorua in 2000 and was further endorsed at a National Hui at the Department of Child, Youth and Family’s ‘Future Search’ conference in 2001.

In 2002 a feasibility study was conducted to consider the practicalities of setting up a national body for Iwi and Maori social services. Followed by a hui at Turangawaewae marae attended by over 100 representatives and from there Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu was born.

Our Vision (Te Tirohanga)

The vision of Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu Inc is:

Ko te rangatiratanga o te whanau, te hapu, te iwi me nga Maori katoa te poutahuhu o te kahui e ahei ana ki te tautoko kia kokia nga wawata o nga roopu Maori nga iwi e atawhai ana.

The conceptual translation of this is: “A collective voice to empower the holistic well-being of all Maori.”

Our Mission (Te Uaratanga)

The Mission statement of Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu Inc is:

Ko te amorangi ki mua ko te hapi ki muri

This translates as: “God is the spearhead and the back will follow”.

The Meaning of Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu Inc logo (Ritenga o te tohu o Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu Inc)

Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu Inc logo

Te Moko o Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu – The TKAOTM logo, is principally based on the simplicity of a waka. The inner form of the waka outlined in red, black and white presents the subtle forging of tino rangatiratanga and an emergence of kotahitanga represented by the distinctive black curved lines.

The koru is internationally symbolic of Maori culture, with the outspread hands depicting ownership, responsibility and accountability. The koru formations at the base of the hands portray faith, hope and love.

The more intricate inner bottom design reveal sharp black lines of the waka, which emanate mauri ora – life force from the centre being of the waka.

The mirrored outspread hands of the waka illustrate the concept of caring – “A Child – A Seed”. The inverted koru signifies the seed (idea) and that its growth and journey are in the hands of the “creator”, dependent upon our commitment to succeed. This symbol represents a framework that is accountable to all levels and dimensions of its elements and is responsive to Maori values and aspirations.

Logo designed by Dion Hutana, Ngati Kahungunu