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About us

Haere mai ki taku whare
Bringing Poutiria te Aroha home

Tēnei hunga mahi 

Our people and foundations

Parenting and raising tamariki is one of the  hardest jobs we ever get to do.  And most, if not all, parents are often overwhelmed by that role at some point. It takes work, and aroha, some friends and a lot of on-the-job training.

The ao Māori view is that tamariki learn from whatever they experience in their homes, first and foremost. And what used to be the norm for raising tamariki was a 'village'/papakāinga of homes where tamariki were cared for by a collective.

Our people understand this. Through the wisdom of te ao Māori, and the advocacy for the rights of the child, we aspire for all children to be welcomed, accepted, acknowledged and fully appreciated and respected as 'tangata'/human beings.

Kaiako | Teachers


Our purpose

The aim of Poutiria te Aroha is to support parents, caregivers and whānau to grow healthy, connected  relationships based on aroha.


At the core of our philosophy is deep respect for the sacredness of our tamariki and all living beings

The basis of our teaching is formed from knowledge and tikanga (culture and practices) from te ao Māori (the Māori world) and the principles of parenting with nonviolence.



There are four pou that support the cultural anchoring framework for Poutiria te Aroha.

Deep symbolism, significance and cultural meaning are attached to the pou and other structural features of a whare.



Self-determination and Leadership

A practice of upholding the mana of the child within the whānau, and of the whānau within the community.




Whānau as a collective: a caring, healing community engaged with upholding the mana and well-being of their tamariki.




We are all teachers and at the same time we are all learners. And tamariki come to us not only to learn from us, but also to teach us life's most profound lesson - aroha.


Te Tuakiri o te Tangata


Through understanding our 'spiritual anatomy' - te  mauri, te mana,  me te tapu of every human being, we can learn to care for these deeper aspects of our children and ourselves.

Our supporters

What you can do with love at a community level,
when you build relationships and collectives of care.

Thank you to all our funders who believe in what we do and trust us in our mahi, to make a strong and lasting difference in the lives of whānau and tamariki.

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