Kaitautoko Māori

Connect, engage and develop.  
It’s important to capture the voice of all our communities and peoples. 
Māori engagement is important to ensuring the voice of Māori communities are captured and represented with respect for cultural awareness, across the social sector.


Māori Provider engaged relationships guide SociaLink to know how best we can meet the needs of Māori communities, and value the contribution they bring, to the social sector.

In order to be able to effectively engage and work with Māori, providers of services are encouraged to build their knowledge of Te Ao Māori or the worldview of Māori, be familiar with local iwi and hapu in the western Bay of Plenty and local tikanga or cultural protocols.

SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the Western Bay of Plenty’s social agencies and charities, started moving to a bicultural governance model in 2019.

The partnership approach is designed to build trust through sharing power, acknowledging individual strengths, knowledge and experience and reaching compromise. Read more about the model here.

Digital Technology Programme

“Uhia te korowai kahui ki te iwi hei tauawhi, hei akiaki ki te ao angitu.”

Spread the folds of the korowai to all, as a means of support and encouragement in pursuit of success

Māori Engagement Advisor



Cultural Learning Opportunities led by Mana Whenua


Resources for Te Ao Maori


Iwi Boundaries



Glossary of Māori words