Huakina: Empowering Our Communities From the Lower Waikato River to the Manukau Harbour
When our people are strong, they can care for our land and each other.
At Huakina Development Trust, we help our communities by opening the doors that provide opportunities for Whānau to increase their knowledge, live without struggles and take responsibility for caring for their waterways, land, air and special places.
Map of Huakina Development Trust Boundary
23 marae of Te Puaha Ki Manuka
Green are the 11 marae we currently affiliate with.
Black are the 12 we no longer affiliate with (independent/no longer exist as a marae).
Where We Came From
1970s - taking care of our land
In the late 1970s, Huakina, as we know it today, evolved out of a support group named Te Puaha ki Manuka. The name "Te Puaha ki Manuka" was given to this region by the late Te Arikinui when Waikato Tainui was fundraising for the new Kimiora complex at Turangawaewae.
Kaumatua and Kuia from Waikato Tainui Marae and Papakainga came together out of concern for the ongoing pollution and destruction of the Waikato River, the Manukau Harbour, Whenua and Waahi tapu.
Their united strength gave them recognition and soon later became an environmental pressure group to address the impacts on our Taonga and Whenua.
To this day, out of the 23 Waikato Tainui Marae and Papakainga that were affiliated with Huakina, 11 remain.
The Marae Whānau, no longer with Huakina, are providing remedies for their socio-economic concerns and participating in enhancing and protecting their environment and special places.
Those who remain with Huakina can do the same but choose to stay within a Marae Cluster while identifying issues they will manage for themselves, e.g. environment.
Huakina continues to deliver on its original objective of looking for opportunities that will assist in achieving its vision and mission.
Supporting Our Whanau
Over the years, we've worked with
Disability Support Services
Iwi Social Service
Tertiary Education Programmes.
Giving us essential knowledge and experience in designing and developing services and building and maintaining relationships that support Whanau Ora.
Huakina - Helping Whānau Thrive
Huakina continues to focus on supporting good whanau outcomes to achieve the personal goals they have for themselves, their family and their community.
We commit to evolving our services to become more integrated and coordinated so that it does not matter where or how our Whanau enter our service, they will get easy access to the services they need.