Whai Māia

To advance our cultural, social and environmental aspirations.

Whai Māia is set up as a charitable entity and is responsible for the social and cultural development of our people.

Whai Māia have a focus on whānau outcomes and manage a large number of programmes covering areas such as health, education, small business, employment. They also run some external contracts with government and local council that help support their mahi.

Our Purpose and Objectives

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Māia (Whai Māia) was established in February 2013 to advance the cultural, social and environmental aspirations of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei including, but not limited to the fostering of all aspects of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tikanga, reo, kawa and kōrero; the provision of support and assistance to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in respect of education, housing, health care, aged care and relief of those suffering from mental or physical sickness or disability; the development and enhancement of community facilities and mechanisms for the benefit of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei; the provision of funding for the cultural and social development of the hapū; and any other charitable purpose consistent with the purposes of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust as set out in the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Deed.

Operating Environment

Whai Māia operates in accordance with the Charities Act 2005 and the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Deed. This statutory framework has a direct influence on our outcomes and investment to make a positive difference in the hapū where it matters most. The majority of Whai Māia activities are charitable or can be run as commercial ventures that support the activities of Whai Māia Ltd.

Reporting Mechanisms

Whai Māia has a number of reporting mechanisms to report to the Trust including:

  • Annual Report including financial statements
  • Quarterly Reports to the Trust, providing commentary on the previous quarter’s performance against the Annual Plan
  • Monthly Reports to the Trust, providing an update on operations
  • Frequent Meetings with the Chair of the Trust, and with the Chairs of the Trust and Whai Rawa.
  • Information provided to the Trust on request and on a no surprises basis.


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