Our Purpose

All of our work takes place only with these three pou – owned by the community, community have to want us there, there has to be enough resources to do the work.

We also aspire to strengthen community members to be the best tuakana they can be within the relationships that they develop and grow.


1. (noun) tuakana-teina relationship is an integral part of Te Ao Māori, providing a model for ongoing learning. An older or more expert tuakana (originally a brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina (originally a younger sibling or cousin of the same gender).

In a community environment that recognises the value of ako (learning) and tautoko (support), the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. For example, the student who yesterday was the expert on co-design and explained the process may need to learn from her fellow community member today about how the local community groups connect and engage with each other.

Annual Reports

We are proud of our annual reports and make them easily accessible and readable for our community. Please see them below.

See our financial reports for each year at the bottom of this page.

Our Impact

Over  2021/2022;

  • Rākau Tautoko supported 13 x Community Development Practitioners in their practice and worked alongside many volunteers through The Kai Collective, there were over 50 at different points of the year and we are so grateful for the support and hard work each and every one of them gave to helping our most in need whānau.

Rākau Tautoko connected with and supported 10 x Auckland Geographical Communities in depth;

  • Glen Innes
  • Manurewa
  • Mt Wellington
  • Oranga
  • Onehunga
  • Panmure
  • Papakura
  • Point England
  • Riverside
  • In addition, we provided food parcels throughout all of Auckland as per need.

Rākau Tautoko worked alongside 4 x Communities of Interest;

  • Family Violence Prevention
  • Food Secure Sector
  • Waste Reduction and Climate Change
  • Women Empowerment

Rākau Tautoko created or maintained 26 x Collaborations with key entities to further strengthen our community initiatives.

*More than half of these collaborations were in relation to food security.

    • Auckland Council
    • Estblshd
    • Faith Family Connect /

    Te Pera Mahi Oranga Trust

    • *Foaki Nuiean Group
    • *Kai Collective Leaders
    • *Kore Hiakai
    • *Lalaga Trust
    • *Life Kidz
    • *Me’a’ofa Fungani Methodist Church
    • Panamasians
    • *Panama Storehouse
    • Synergy Trust / Beat St
    • *Tāmaki Budgeting
    • Tāmaki Community Development Trust
    • *Tāmaki Pan-Pasifika Network
    • Tāmaki Regeneration Company
    • Tāmaki WRAP
    • *Te Waipuna Puawai
    • Te Taumata o HEART
    • *The Good Fale
    • *The New Zealand Food Network
    • *The Tāmaki Cook Island Group
    • The University of Auckland
    • *Tongan Elderly Group
    • *Upside Mentoring

We also developed a stronger partnership with The Good Fale in our work for The Aotearoa Kai Journey. We want to thank them for the depth of knowledge and innovative practice they brought to the partnership.

Over our three Project Areas, we have worked on:

4 x Community Initiative Projects

  • Aotearoa Kai Journey
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Phenomenal Young Women
  • Tāmaki WRAP – Kōpae Ōhanga

2 x Research Projects

  • Climate Action Plan
  • PAYT Focus Groups 

2 x Capability Building Projects

  • The HEART movement
  • Riverside Capability Growth

Measuring our Impact

Our impact is measured short term and long term. When we work with individuals, organisations, and the whole community – every engagement we have, we see small results. As we go, we gather numbers and thoughts from each engagement. This helps us to figure out how to measure our impact overall, we will share this information annually.

Financial Accounts

We are proud of our annual financial accounts and make them easily accessible to our community. Please see them below.

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