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About Us

He Waka Tapu has been helping individuals and the community for over 22 years. 

“I believe that most people are like me. They want a good life. I knew that it wasn’t just about stopping violence or giving up alcohol and drugs, it was about giving people hope and so what we did is we used out Tikanga Maori and the values of that culture to help people identify what they really wanted out of life. What was important? Was whanau important? Was children important? Did they want a better life?"

Daryl Gregory

Our Founder

I was originally working for organization called ‘Kia Pakari,’ which was a Maori Men’s Stopping Violence Programme. For some reasons that closed and then I was approached by a woman called Philippa Joggings from corrections and she asked if I’d be willing to take on a contract specifically targeted at working with Maori men and family violence.

After a year, we decided that to do this properly we needed a structure and organization. We set up a trust and I thought about the name and philosophy behind that trust, and we came up with He Waka Tapu. Here we are 20 years later.

It’s come a long way and that’s down to a lot of good people and I realize that’s what it’s about. You have to have good people. People that have a heart that believe that people can change and want to change. I think if you do not have that sort of passion or belief then you are probably in the wrong job because you are working with a very hard clientele. Giving people hope. Helping them to plant the right seed that they can see a future for themselves is really what it’s about.

That is what He Waka Tapu is about, sailing towards your destination and the vision that you want to create.”


Our Whakatauki

Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te whānau

Working together for the wellbeing of family

Our Logo Kaupapa


'Te tautoko kei muri' they carry the waka, rather than lead.  Tawhiri guides the waka, he is the kaitiaki.  The winds carry the waka giving safe journey for all embraced.


The waka is connected to the word and all external influeneces as koru come from te kore (The void lovings forth light and the beginnings...)
Two figures symbolic of Rangi and Papa holding fast in te kore, they make the Taurapa, te tautoko kei muri.
Their minds intertwine in the void, as they journey guided by Te tautoko kei muri Rangi and pap create...


Black - Te kore, The void
White  - Nga Atua, Kaitiaki, The Gods
Kokowai - Hine Titama...means birth/creation
Black - (The cycle unfolds like a double...spiral/infinity) Hine nui i te Po...Maui tikitiki Atarangi...

  Free Phone: 0800 HE WAKA

Phone: +64 3 373 8150
Fax: +64 3 381 3207

Whānau Ora Community Clinic: (03) 956481

  Email: reception@hewakatapu.org.nz

  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hewakatapunz/

Open Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm

161 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
PO Box 150 37, Aranui, Christchurch, New Zealand

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