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.
Te whare e tū nei!
This House that stands resilient.
Auaha - Nurturing the creative and innovative spirit.
Te Ao Māori - Valuing the past, present, and future of the Māori world
Pono - Moving with integrity
Tika - Do what is right and just
Aroha - Giving unconditional and compassionate service
Tū Tangata - Pursuit for excellence
Tumanako - Releasing the aspirations
Deliver ‘real’ family outcomes
Promote Tikanga Maori and the mission of the Anglican Church to our communities.
Our priority is the child and the safety support being readily available across the collaborative networks to service the needs of the child and the family. Our goal is to extinguish broken homes and our action plans will focus on proactively reducing the broken homes in the communities we serve.
We believe our Māori culture and practices have an important and valuable role to play in the way we deliver our services. We also believe that the mission of the church, particularly fighting for social justice and the power of love makes us stronger and better equipped to do the best we can in service.