Te Anga Mua

Welcome to Foundation North's dedicated Māori community page. Stay up to date here with the work we do with Māori communities in our Auckland and Northland rohe.

Nau mai, haere mai

In our work Foundation North will:

Respect the partnership relationship enshrined in the Treaty of Waitangi, to engage and work with Māori and iwi organisations in a manner consistent with a Treaty-based relationship.

Read the Māori Strategy 2018 here.

Here are some digital stories about Māori organisations and projects we have supported:

He Oranga Poutama - giving Auckland children a ‘stairway to wellbeing' through sport and recreation activities culturally appropriate to Māori

Urutapu - Mad Ave Community Trust's leadership programme unleashing the potential of tamāhine



Ka kōkiri ngātahi te mana Māori, tutuki noa, hei oranga tinana, oranga wairua, oranga hinengaro mō te katoa


To be a culturally responsive organisation that raises Māori aspirations towards self-determination, to achieve as a community, physically, spiritually and of wholesome mind.


Ngā Uara

Mai te whenua ki te whanau – mai te whānau ki te whenua


Values expressed through Land and People.

Te Tū Rangatira (Self-determination)

Acknowledging and supporting Māori aspirations

Kaitiaki (Guardianship)

Acknowledging and supporting Māori guardianship and supporting appropriate access to resources

Manaaki (Cherishing and caring)

Enhancing of other people & groups’ mana

Showing hospitality, respect and caring for people

Wairua (Spirituality)

Awareness and respect for Māori spiritual practices

Whakawhanaunga (Family, values and connectedness)

Placing ourselves, finding the connections when forming relationships

Tika, Pono, Aroha (Integrity, truth and compassion)
Displaying integrity, truth and compassion


Ko ngā whāinga Matua

Strategic Goals

1.Value Māori leadership and will actively seek the contribution of Māori in advancing our communities

2.Foundation North working with Māori and iwi in a manner consistent with a Treaty-based relationship, demonstrating strong cultural competency

3.Foundation North and Māori partners supporting Māori innovation and Māori community-led development

4.Transformational partnerships with Hapū/Whānau/Iwi and Māori organisations



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The star of our Māori Strategy brochure - the Taonga Manea

The Taonga Manea is the visible representation of the mauri that embues Allendale House, the home of Foundation North.

It was carved by well-respected kaiwhakairo (traditional carver) Bernard Makoare, who is renowned for his work in multiple media and works passionately to recover, rediscover and protect Maori heritage, particularly that of his iwi Ngāti Whātua. 

The Taonga Manea is carved of recycled Kauri, that once formed a part of the the Kaihu Hall, that was built by Bernards’ great grandparents, aunts and uncles. The atamarama (catseyes) are sourced from Kawerua and represent the three hapū of Ngāti Whātua – Te Taou, Ngā Oho and Te Uringutu that have traditional dominion over the site that Allendale House is located on. The Taonga Manea links these traditional relationships with the significant contribution that Foundation North makes to the communities within the Tāmaki and Tai Tokerau regions.

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