“Kei Tua O Pae Tawhiti – Beyond the horizon”
“Te Manu Kaahu I Te Rangi – Seek Excellence”
Philosophy – Kaupapa
Whare Tiaki Hauora finds its guiding principles in the concept ‘Te Tapu O Te Tangata’ which is defined as looking after the ‘Sacredness of the person’
The principles of this philosophy are:
- Whakapono – seeking truth
- Whakatika – seeking what is right / just
- Aroha – Embrace with love & kindness
- Houhoronga – To seek / find reconciliation
This philosophy was handed down by the founding board of Te Whare Tiaki Trust and as it is still pertinent today it continues to underpin the operations of the Trust
The Centre was planned to provide facilities and to promote activities for the spiritual, social and cultural welfare of the Maori people of Otara area, not excluding other ethnic groups and religions.
The Catholic Bishop of Auckland made land available and entrusted the parish priest, Father Bierbooms, to work with the Maori communities to begin the planning and construction of Te Unga Waka Marae.
The original members of the Trust conceived the idea to establish a community home and services for those who suffer from Psychiatric disabilities
In late December 2007, the Board of Trustees for Te Whare Tiaki Trust outlined in a letter to Counties Manukau District Health Board, the new Strategic Direction for the Trust. It acknowledged that while it had explored several options for its future, the Trust had unanimously agreed to remain autonomous by restructuring, with the primary focus on improving and strengthening the organisations infrastructure including governance, service viability and financial sustainability.
In October 2008, complying with the requirements for Charitable Trust Status under the new regulations of the Charitable Trust Act; Te Whare Tiaki Trust reconstituted the organisation and its Trust Deed – the formulation of a new Limited Liability Company – Whare Tiaki Hauora Limited and new Trust Deed will provide more opportunities and options for the Trust enabling it to diversify, future growth and accountability