Moemoea | Mission Statement
“i roto i te whakawhanaungatanga kia hoatu nga mahi ratonga e pa ana ki te hauora, matauranga, oranga me nga turanga mahi i whakakotahitia i raro i te tikanga rangatira e te Maori mo te Maori.”
“To deliver a quality integrated and holistic health, education, welfare and employment service for Maori by Maori”
In 1982 a group of Maori families representing various iwi throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and who had settled in Wellington for 10 -15 yrs got together and formed a culture group under the name of Te Roopu Matariki as an incentive to get together on a regular basis to perform kapa haka, to fundraise and to assist Maori families when required. This happened over a period of three years at the Trades Hall where we shared facilities with the Morehu Centre of the Ratana Church.
In 1985 due to the bombing and brutal death of Ernie Abbott we moved to College Street in Courtenay Place and leased premises for 11 years under the name of Mokai Kainga providing marae based social services with very limited resources and expertise. Over that period:
In 1989 due to the devolution of Maori Affairs Te Runanganui Taurahere was set up as a pan tribal organization to provide social services to Maori who were not mana whenua and hence Nga taurahere ki Poneke (Wellington Branch) was set up within Mokai Kainga. Robert Te Whare was elected as the coordinator.
In 1990 Robert was elected on to the Maori standing committee of the Wellington City Council to represent Taurahere Maori. The focus of this committee was finding ways and means of dealing with issues that affected Maori and how best we could encourage Maori to participate in council matters and services. For Taurahere Maori it was the beginnings of a partnership that gave us mana and ihi to negotiate with Council on what we required to provide the beginnings of a quality service to Maori by Maori.