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.

These women are faced with emotional and financial deprivation, are vulnerable to anti-social influences, and struggle to remain engaged in society. We work to create a better future for these women, and assist these women in achieving self-determination and self-sufficiency within our communities.

Despite their past challenges, and the obstacles some still face, these women have dreams. They yearn to participate in life, and to make meaningful contributions to their whanau and the communities around them. At Wahine Ora Trust, we use a Kaupapa Maori approach to provide our women with the opportunities to realising such dreams. We offer them the tools, structure and support to help them succeed. And, above all, we offer them the chance to be heard.

In order to address the multiple and complex needs of our women as individuals, and to build their confidence and social skills, we offer:

  • a welcoming and safe social environment
  • psychological and personal development through Kaupapa Maori interventions and workshops
  • social and recreational activities to facilitate social integration and readjustment
  • structured educational and vocational training

Wahine Ora Trust has three keystones which are self-empowerment, education and training.

Positive Social Environment

Wahine Ora Trust believes in creating a warm, secure, and non-judgmental environment in which these women who come to it immediately begin to experience what it feels like to have the value of their lives affirmed, and to be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness


Self-empowerment consists of developing individual resilience, self-efficacy, and a sense of future, primarily through therapeutic intervention and Kaupapa Maori programmes.

Education and Vocational Training

PROGRAM: The cornerstones of our approach are self-empowerment, education and training, supplemented by effective counselling and coaching.

Education helps our women to take advantage of opportunities that could benefit them and their whanau, preparing them for entry into the labour force, and helping them to understand their legal rights. An important part of that education and self-empowerment is an increased awareness and understanding of human rights.