Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust is a kaupapa Māori provider of a range of health, education and social services. Established by the Māori Women’s Welfare League, our services support whānau across the different stages of life.


Our Whakataui

Me aro koe ki te hā o Hineahuone“Pay heed to the dignity of women”

Mō tātou, a, mō nga uri a muri ake nei“For us and our children who will come after us”


Our Vision

Safe, healthy, stable and connected whānau securing positive futures for all generations.


Our Mission

We enhance the health and wellbeing of Māori/women and their whānau to achieve their aspirations.


Our Values

  • Rapuora – In search of excellence in health
  • Manaakitanga – Support, nurture and take care of
  • Whanaungatanga – Belonging, respectful relationships and whakapapa
  • Wairuatanga – Spirituality, mental wellbeing, cultural identity and balance
  • Kotahitanga – Unity, common purpose and cohesiveness
  • Rangatiratanga – Leadership, cultural identity, responsibility and accountability
  • Puawaitanga – Nurturing, empowerment and development of oneself and one’s whānau
  • Aroha – Love, compassion and empathy


Our Whakapapa

Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko I te Ora

Māori Women’s Welfare League

Tātau Tātau!

Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust was formed in 2005 by the Ōtautahi Branch of the Māori Women’s Welfare League.

The Māori Women’s Welfare League was formed in 1951 and was the first national Māori organisation in Aotearoa.  The inaugural conference was held  in Wellington and attracted a large number of women who represented the founding branches of the League.  The women cared deeply about the welfare of their people and were hopeful and committed to securing a better future for Māori women and their whānau.