Our Kaupapa

Kaumatua 

 Tungia te ururua kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke.
Set the overgrown bush alight and the new flax shoots will spring up.

 Introduction
He Oranga Mo Nga Uri Tuku Iho Trust (Wellbeing for Future Generations) is a charitable trust in the Ruatorea area. The Trust is a collective of Ngati Porou tribal members who are committed to:
    – kaitiekitanga: protecting and sustaining natural resources and the environment;
    – the preservation and use of matauranga Maori ( Maori knowledge);
    – advancing rangatahi (youth) education and development opportunities; and
    – achieving sustainable development and tino rangatiratanga (mana motuhake).
 

Signature projects and initiatives
In 2003 He Oranga Trust auspiced the design and development of a five-year research project, Taonga Tuku Iho – Matauranga Maori for Sustainable Hapu Development(HOMN:301).  In this project principal researchers Tui Warmenhoven and Pia Pohatu worked with local hapu to investigate the role of matauranga Maori in sustainable hapu development.  A number of kaumatua (elders) and Maori researchers were sub-contracted (where appropriate) for specialist areas of work.  Researchers have used whakakotahitanga – participatory processes – from programme concept to completion as well as inclusive management structures to ensure effective delivery to hapu and other end-users. 

 In 2008 He Oranga Trust initiated Waiapu Koka Huhua, a 100+ year catchment rehabilitation project of the Waiapu River Catchment.  Establishing restoration sites with landowners throughout key subcatchments of the Waiapu has been the key objective in the short term.  An integrated catchment management plan, community (native) nursery and thriving restoration sites throughout the catchment are central features of the project over the medium to long term.

Capacity building of hapu and community members is vital to all Trust-led initiatives through wananga, hui, workshops, training and work experience.

 

Community Benefits
The Trust’s commitment to sustainable hapu and community development has provided significant benefits already through: community-led action research processes; creating a foundation for future research and sustainable development; facilitating capacity building and training opportunities within our local communities; and collaborative relationships with Crown Research Institutes and agencies, other hapu (nationwide) and international organisations.

 

Key Relationships
The Trust has key relationships with local whanau, marae and hapu, Tairawhiti Polytechnic, the Gisborne District Council, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research Ltd and Geological Nuclear Sciences Ltd and researchers across universities, whare wananga, iwi and research organisations. 

He Oranga Trust is also working with  regional and central government agencies such as the Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, Department of Corrections, the Ministry of Economic Development and Te Puni Kokiri.

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