About us

In late 1999 Te Whare Oranga Wairua Inc (Taupo) established a refuge and social support services for whānau in Taupo Tūwharetoa rohe. In late 2012 the approach was made to Te Whare Oranga Wairua from the National Office of Nga Whare Whakaruruhau O Aotearoa to deliver service in Ngati Kahungunu as the existing provider had relinquished their approval. As a result Te Whare Oranga Wairua Ki Heretaunga has been operational as an extended service of Te Whare Oranga Wairua MWR for two years in Hawkes Bay.

Te Runanga Matua supported the notion for an independent entity to be developed. Thus the establishment of Te Whare Whanau Purotu. The establishment of Te Whare Whanau Purotu received support from Te Taumata O Te Kowhai Core Group (N.C.I.W.R governing board) and the ministry of social development. Membership to NCIWR was ratified at AGM 2015 Te Whare Whanau Purotu became an incorporated society in 2015, we are a non profit organisation and registered with the charities commission to ensure charitable purpose status.

Te Whare Whanau Purotu operates under a governance/management structure, which the constitution reflects and is in line with the practice. A financial cost analysis of the Refuge National Movement in 2006 identified the estimated actual operating costs to be $15 million.  Locally our income has remained static, this is primarily due to being a branch of Te Whare Oranga Wairua. The balance of our funding will be raised through our appeals (Annual and Christmas), philanthropic trusts and private sector sponsorship and donations. Funding obtained from the latter two sources is almost always for specific projects and generally not able to be used for our business-as-usual operations.

Our Vision

Provide strong leadership and services that influences, prevents and eliminates domestic violence and empowers Wahine Māori to reach their full potential to become independent.

He Kaupapa

To empower and support whānau-ora (wellness) for those who choose to live free from violence and abuse in all its forms