Our strategic partnership with Te Rūnanga-ā-iwi-o-Ngāpuhi was signed in 2018 and works to meet the shared goals and aspirations.


The kaupapa of Mahuru is to allow for mokopuna who are placed on remand to remain within Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi. Taitamariki who fall into the detention status 283(1)(D) under direction of the court, Police and Oranga Tamariki, and have identified themselves as Ngāpuhi, may have the opportunity to be referred to the Mahuru service. 

There are two parts to the Mahuru service. One allows for a one-to-one placement with Ngāpuhi kaimanaaki who have volunteered to provide a safe, loving home for taitamariki for up to 4 to 6 weeks while they are on remand. The second major part immerses taitamariki in mana-enhancing activities which involve a tikanga-Māori day programme where they are supervised by two experienced mentors to achieve goals within their individual plans.

Mahuru has won two awards: an Indigenous Service Award held by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government in Melbourne, and the Most Innovative Procurement Award at last year’s NZ Procurement Excellence Awards in Auckland.

Whānau Care Services

Oranga Tamariki and Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services are designing a Whānau Care service that aims to ensure tamariki who need care, are living safely with carers who have whakapapa connections to them through whānau, hapū or iwi.

Published: May 14, 2021