Kaitautoko Māori

Connect, engage and develop.  
It’s important to capture the voice of all our communities and peoples. 
Māori engagement is vital 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 bi-cultural governance model here.

“Mahia i runga i te rangimarie, me te ngākau māhaki”

With a peaceful mind and a respectful heart, we will always get the best result

Kaitohutohu Māori

Māori Engagement Advisor



Awhi Te Rito

Rauemi Whakangungu


Data Relevant to Māori


Iwi in the Western Bay of Plenty



Te Tiriti O Waitangi


Other Useful Resources