To advance the holistic development and wellbeing of whanau, hapu and iwi. To advance the holistic development and wellbeing of whanau, hapu and iwi.

About Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust

Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust (TCKT), has a long and successful history providing health and social services to the community. The Trust is governed by 5 Trustees, all of whom have been active citizens in community development. Supporting the Trustees is an advisory team. Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust currently employs over 100 staff. 70 - 80% of our clients are Maori.



  • Isabel Roderick (Chairperson)
  • Selwyn Tarawa
  • Sarah Leilua
  • Raymond Wi
  • Queenie Shepherd

Chief Executive (CEO)

Christine Arihia Brears

Management Team

Piki Taiaroa - Operations Manager

Rongo Rewita - HR Manager

Maria McKenzie - Quality Service Manager





Taumarunui Community

Kokiri Trust

Head Office

121 Hakiaha Street


TCKT Head Office




Brief History


A public meeting was held at Wharauroa Marae in response to the poor health status of Maori. From this meeting the Taumarunui Community Maori Health Committee was formed.


The first project of the Committee came as a joint venture with Health Waikato Special Education. That task was to address the problem of glue ear in children. That year the Trust also became involved in Women’s Health.


The Health committee gained representation on Waikato’s Iwi Advisory group.


The Committee participated in health research conducted by Massey University.



The service became situated down the Grande Arcade. At this point the Committee reformed into an Incorporated Society – the Taumarunui Community Health Trust. 1995 also involved negotiations with the Health Funding Authority for health contracts. Funding was provided for three services, Tamariki Ora, Under 25 Sexual Health, and Vision and Hearing Testing.


The next three years saw the Trust improving processes and services and staff undergoing specialist training.



Further contracts were negotiated with the HFA and included Drug and Alcohol, Smoking Cessation as well as Mental Health and Disability Support.. In 1999 the Trust changed its' name to Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust to reflect it’s strategic direction. That year new premises were acquired at 17 Morero Terrace, Taumarunui.



Two new buildings were added, an extension to the existing premises, and a purpose built Early Childhood Centre.
The Lotteries Commission gave a grant to employ a full-time Youth Worker, further contracts were negotiated with HFA for an Ante Natal service, and Tamariki/Rangatahi Mental Health


Three additional services were initiated at the Trust; Low Deposit Rural Loans programme, a Workskills programme, and OSCAR.


The Family Clinic was established, employing Dr’s, nurses and support staff.


The Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust purchased Ranui Home for the Elderly, which included a Residential and Dementia Unit. The facility was renamed Te Arihina O Arihia.



A major focus on consolidating and developing services.  The organisation participated in the Te Wana voluntary quality improvement programme, and achieved Accreditation status with the Quality Improvement Council of Australasia.  Te Arahina o Arihia obtained Telarc Certification and Tamariki Akoranga obtained a quality report from the Education Review Office for Early Childhood Certification


Family Health (Te Kuiti) was established.
Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust was awarded a Ministry of Social Development contract to establish Family Start services in Taumarunui.


Maori Health Whanau Ora contract established to address Maori disease state management in a community setting



The Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust become a Whanau Ora Centre under the auspices of the Toiora PHO, and the National Maori Health Coalition
The Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust established an un-funded budgeting service in response to a strong community need.





In 2012 along with Maniapoto Trust Board, Ngati Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust, Raukawa Charitable trust & TCKT established the Raukawa Maniapoto Alliance becoming a Whanau ora Collective.

Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust and Waikato DHB staff took a lead role in the development of the Taumarunui Integrated Health Model with input from local health services with the model being formalised in 2013. c. 





TCKT partnered with the Rotorua Maori & Pasifika Trade Training Consortium and on July 14, 2014 the Maori & Pasifika Trade Training Consortium launched its programme under the Government initiative with Minister Joyce opening the Rotorua programme. The consortium partners are: - Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust - Waiariki Institute of Technology - Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi - Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake.


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