About Us

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A place of sanctuary

Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri Trust was created in the late 20th century as a response to a community need for a kaupapa Māori (Māori centric) based social services provider to support whānau (family) struggling with urban living and consequent adversity. The Trust was established by the Māori Anglican Church and was a project to professionalise the ministry to meet the complex needs of our people.

The name Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri implies a place of sanctuary, a house of shelter, and a source of comfort for those in need of a safe place. Within the sanctuary a person, or a whānau, will find hope, compassion and manaakitanga (hospitality). As a kaupapa Māori social service provider, the organisation has developed an indigenous social services practice model ‘te kawa o te marae’ to embed tikanga Māori (Māori culture) as a solution for whānau to establish pathways to wholeness and wellbeing.

The Trust has contracted to the government for many years, to provide professional counselling, programmes, and social work advocacy services to the communities of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and in recent years that has extended to Kaitaia – Te Hiku o te Ika.

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