Waka Oranga

Mana Motuhake

Mo whānau, hapū, iwi

Tēnā koutou katoa.  Kia ora.

Waka Oranga extend a warm welcome to you.

We are a group of Māori practitioners (kaiwhakaruruhau) who are committed to improving health outcomes and quality of life for Māori.  Waka Oranga has been seeded from the ideas and aspirations of tangata whenua to achieve tino rangatiratanga (self-determination) for whānau, hapū and iwi within Aotearoa.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides the foundation for the political, economic, spiritual and social context of our life and our work.  Māori psychotherapy practitioners hold that the needs and rights of individuals are indivisible from the needs and rights of whānau, hapū and iwi.  In contrast to the unjust and unsustainable ethos of extreme individualism, we aspire for our clients, and for ourselves, a benign human presence on the planet.  Three fundamental aspects of this tikanga are environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfilment.  We affirm that our intrapsychic reality is a microcosm and reflection of the wider world in which we live.

Since 2009 Waka Oranga has been engaged in an ongoing treaty relationship with the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.

Our  constitution (PDF 206 KB) details the kaupapa of Waka Oranga further.

He aha te nui? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

What is the most important thing? It is people, it is people, it is people.