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In 1998 the Health Funding Authority (at the time) approached Brad Grimmer – CEO for Mash Trust in Palmerston North and Dennis Emery – CEO for Te Runanga O Raukawa Inc., (TROR) based in Otaki regarding a joint venture between two health providers aimed at providing supported accommodation, employment and training opportunities for mental health clients.


MASH Trust – was a major provider of accommodation and support programmes for mental health clients in Palmerston North and had recently expanded their operations to Wellington.

TROR – was a large Iwi health provider of mental health support services in the Ngati Raukawa tribal area from Bulls in the north to Te Horo in the south of the lower north island.

This joint venture was an opportunity for two (2) established organisations to work collaboratively together and was a trend setter in this type of health service delivery in the country at the time.


Ko te ingoa – Name


During the course of the negotiations to establish a joint venture and Trust, the CEO of TROR was asked to provide a suitable Maori name by which the services would be established and operate.


Whaioro – Tainui Waka meaning


A Kuia no Ngati Kauwhata me Ngati Haua-ki-Waikato, Moahuia Emery was approached.  The name she gave was “whaioro” which she explained came from Tainui.  She went on further to say that the Tainui people use the word “turoro” to describe a patient or a client and “whaioro” – in pursuit of wellness and health.


The description she gave on the day was literally…“Two different organisations coming together and assisting tangata turoro on their journey to wellness”.  This whakaaro (explanation/rationale) is what later informed the Moemoea / vision for Whaioro Trust, the whakaaro for both the Logo and the Whaioro Model.




The Whaioro logo is representative of two organisations coming together and characterized in the combination of the Te Runanga o Raukawa and MASH logos.

Te Runaga O Raukawa Inc



Joint Venture


The partnership between Te Runanga o Raukawa and MASH Trust provided a bi-cultural milieu that enabled Whaioro Trust to develop into the organisation represented today.


Rohe Covered


The rohe (area) covered by Whaioro Trust is the wider Manawatu and Horowhenua regions, under the mantle of Ngati Raukawa, who represent 24 hapu of Ngati Raukawa between the tribal boundaries mai Waitapu ki Miria Te Kakara, Miria Te Kakara ki Kukutauaki (from Bulls in the north to Te Horo in the south of the lower north island).




Whaioro Trust became a registered legal entity under the Charitable Trusts Act, 1957 in 1999. The make up of the Board of Trustees comprised of four (4) representatives from Te Runanga o Raukawa Inc and four (4) representatives from MASH Trust.


The Original Trustees of Whaioro Trust, as at the 8th of August 1999 were:

(Te Runanga o Raukawa)                                                      (MASH Trust)

     Margaret Te Ruihi Walsh,                                                 Allanah Joan Chettleburgh

     Rei Mereana Rawlinson,                                                    Shelley Dew-Hopkins

        Hare Rewiti Arapere                                                        Catherine Heather Allan

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