About Us

Wahine Ora Trust was established in 2002. Its kaupapa is to support Maori Women in the Hauraki Rohe who have experienced physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse.

Our Mission

Is to strengthen the social, emotional, and economic competencies of Maori Women, providing them with a sense of self-worth and with the opportunities to experience a full range of life options through self-empowerment, education and training.

Our Organisation And How We Work

Wahine Ora is an independent charitable trust which supports woman as they seek to recover from abuse and the many changes and challenges that this involves. The key tools used are; a programme in the Maori spiritual paradigm called the “POUTAMA”. Volunteer’s support – and the telling of their ’story’. And, a book containing a collection of women’s stories called: – “Into the Light”. Women’s stories means: the abuse, the coping strategy used (which often is not a good one and leads to: addictions, violence, and other dysfunctional behaviour), the disclosure and recovery from ‘rock bottom’, and effective strategies used to recover. Wahine Ora seeks to enable women who have suffered abuse to re-enter the community and make a positive contribution to society.


We wish to acknowledge the support from Lottery Grants Board, Trust Waikato, Te Whariki Mana Wahine o Hauraki (Hauraki Womens Refuge), Te Poipoia Tukino o Hauraki and the many, many Wahine who have provided their time in supporting theser women and their whanau over the years.