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 2020 / 2021;

  • We supported 15 Community Development Practitioners in their practice

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We connected with and worked towards empowering 10 Auckland geographical communities,

  • Glen Innes
  • Point England
  • Panmure
  • Riverside
  • Oranga
  • Mt Wellington
  • Onehunga
  • Ōtara/Papatoetoe
  • Auckland Central
  • Manukau

“This collective practises an empowered community approach while walking the same pace as the Tāmaki community. I enjoy working with Rākau Tautoko because they have a community first approach and understanding / respect of the community. “

Carla Perese (Faith Family)

We worked alongside seven communities of interest,

  • Waste reduction
  • Waste based
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Deconstruction
  • Family violence prevention
  • Youth women empowerment
  • Palliative care support
  • Food secure sector
  • Youth

“It is our absolute pleasure to shout out to Raukau Tautoko for the amazing mahi you all do and have given us in the Tāmaki area. Your valuable insights to build up our community is amazing. We look forward to working with you and for you again.”

Shatna Roberts (Tāmaki WRAP)

We created and maintained 15 partnerships with key entities to further strengthen our community initiatives,

  • All heart
  • The Good Fale
  • Growing Up in NZ
  • Flipping East
  • The New Zealand Food Network
  • No Six
  • Paired Up
  • Panamasians
  • Synergy Trust
  • The University of Auckland
  • Tāmaki WRAP
  • Tāmaki Regeneration Company
  • Te Waipuna Puawai
  • Tāmaki Pan-Pasifika Network

“Our partnership with Rākau Tautoko flourished into a whānau relationship. Working together to positively impact our people and planet and providing hope and dignity to our communities”

LJ (All Heart)

Over our three Project Areas, we have worked on:

6x Community Initiative Projects

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Social Impact Summit – Kai
  • Repair Cafe – South Auckland
  • Hub Zero – Maungakiekie/Tamaki
  • Hub Zero – South Auckland
  • The HEART Movement
  • Phenomenal Young Women

3x Research Projects

  • Growing Up In NZ
  • Food Secure Communities
  • Palliative Care Research

2x Capability Building Projects

  • Panamasian Capability Growth
  • Digital Capability Growth

“I wish to express, on behalf of the Panamasians O Tuia (PoT), our warmest thanks and appreciation to Rākau Tautoko for the support we have received over the past financial period. We wish to give particular thanks to Jo Flavell for her leadership and service. She has engaged with Panamasians on a range of initiatives on the ground, such as community dinners, food boxes, empowering women and assisting our group toward establishing our own identity as an independent charitable trust. This work is ongoing. There is much more work to be done in the community and we look forward to continuing our close relationship with Rākau Tautoko into 2022.”

Tony Fautua (Panamasians ō Tuia)

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.

Stakeholder Feedback


“Being a part of Rakau tautoko has helped me earn and learn as an entrepreneur. Having recently transitioned out of my job, my partner and I created a plan to give me time to focus on developing my business aspirations. Doing work for Rakau Tautoko has helped me develop skills I needed such as admin and co-ordination while earning money to help provide financial aid for my family. This process reduces the stress caused by being and entrepreneur and trying to figure out how you will make a living. This was helped by being apart of community of other practitioners as I was able to gain knowledge and skills in different areas. Led by Tara, there are many people who are willing to help you with your journey making it easier to navigate the complexities of creating your own business.”

– Tyrone 

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a practitioner this year.  I have enjoyed doing some community work and realizing how transferable my skills can be, particularly my accounting skills, and it has been good to use them in a different way and see potential opportunities for using them in the future.  The role has provided me with opportunities for self-growth, specifically doing the financial literacy presentations and helping run the monthly meetings.  It has been good to combine this with my other work at Foodbox, although it has definitely tested my time management skills.  It has been a good learning experience, such as learning about social enterprises and how they work.  There were other opportunities for learning, such as social marketing and marketing of events which I probably wasn’t quite ready for this year, although it was good to have these opportunities available.  You have been very supportive during the Reclaim project and it has been a great experience working with you on this.”

– Nikki


“Excellent, I got exactly what I needed!”

– Participant at a community workshop

“Tara and Nikki have been really great people to deal with. They are very knowledgeable and after any meeting with them I always leave feeling very positive and uplifted. Rākau Tautoko helped our social enterprise run our first workshop and right from the first mention of the idea of the workshop there was support and positive encouragement. Well done and thanks Rākau Tautoko!” 

James from Resource Rescue


“I believe that this collective is a great idea and brings a lot of strengths and new way of working in Tāmaki.  It is a leadership group and I see that you are doing some great work.  From HEART Movement perspective it is a very valuable relationship.  You deliver on what you promise and as a collective you are open and straightforward in your approach.  I wish the collective all the best for the coming year and hope it strengthens and grows further.”

– Nandita from The HEART Movement

“Youth Connections have worked with Rākau Tautoko for the last eight months. We provided funding and a framework of a project plan (budgets, timelines etc) to work with to deliver outcomes improving work readiness with a group of young people and supporting them into meaningful pathways (employment and education). During the time working with them, there have been challenges that the programme has faced, but they have worked extremely hard and acted professionally and diligently to overcome these. For example, there was a change in the staff they had allocated to deliver the programme, due to a member of the collective getting a contract of employment elsewhere. We know this is a risk and a challenge when we work with small to medium sized organisations (we don’t have the means or remit to fund members of staff full time), but as a partner they communicated this early, provided a plan and then delivered the project. Youth Connections work with a lot of partners across Auckland, some of the things we look for are innovation, clear lines of communication, accountability and reporting, collaboration and community networks, and Rākau Tautoko have been fantastic on all of these aspects. We really look forward to working with them in the future.”

– Patrick from Youth Connections

“We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have had the chance to collaborate with (Ren/Rākau Tautoko) within our school… We were provided opportunities we otherwise wouldn’t have had, that increased the knowledge and mana of our (students/rangatahi).

The positive impact of the relationship between our school and Rākau Tautoko has been widespread – from working with our Peer Sexuality Support Program and supporting the work that they do educating their fellow students about safety when partying and education around alcohol consumption; to involvement with our Whānau Advisory Group meetings; to providing support for Whaea (Des) and our rangatahi on the marae, and in some cases life-changing opportunities – working together to provide rich cultural experiences that our young people have never had the opportunity to participate in and experience.”

– Hannah Buchanan (Guidance Counsellor, One Tree Hill College)


“Rākau Tautoko is a partner organisation that offers outstanding expertise, cultural awareness and sensitivity and encouragement to community groups.  We need more of it in Oranga… I have seen the natural rapport you and Jo build with ease with those in our orbit… I would like to see more one on one mentoring with partner organisations especially for start-ups.”

– Jax from Oranga Community Centre

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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