Te Ngira

Whānau Ora collective

“Mehemea ka moemoea ahau, ko au anake. Mehemea ka moemoea tatou, ka tata e tatou”

“If I dream, I dream alone. If we dream together, we will achieve”


Whakanuia ake te oranga me te manahau o te whanay / Maximising the well-being and resilience of whānau.


To take a community-based approach to increase household income for Whānau Ora whanau in the Hauraki-Waikato rohe.

Collective impact approach

Collective Impact is an approach that brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve positive social change.  Collective Impact is a framework or approach to tackling deeply entrenched & complex social problems.

The Collective Impact approach is premised on the belief that no single policy, government department, organisation or program can tackle or solve the increasingly complex social problems we face as a society.

The approach calls for multiple organisations or entities from different sectors to build a common agenda, share measurement systems and align effort - all supported by centralised infrastructure.

Benefits of the collective

There are a number of benefits to working collectively rather than individually.  As individual organisations funders may select individual grantees that offer the most promising solutions, however, when working as a collective, social problems arise from the interaction of many organisations within a larger system.

Working in isolation means grantees work separately and compete to produce the greatest individual impact however as a collective progress depends on working towards the same goal and measuring the same things.

Evaluation attempts to isolate a particular grantees impact on large-scale change depends on scaling a single organisation whereas for a collective large-scale impact depends on increasing cross-sector alignment and learning among many organisations.

Another benefit to working collectively is that corporate and government sectors are seen as essential partners, a shift is from disconnection when working in isolation.

Mutually reinforcing activities

Mutually reinforcing activities are important to the collective to be aware of the contribution each member of the collective is making towards achieving our goals.

The cooperation of all members of the collective has resulted in Te Ngira arriving at a set of mutually reinforcing activities.  These activities clarify a clear set of strategies, transparency in the approach and a willingness to adapt.

The collective is performing a series of Whānau focused activities for the development of life skills, job skills, employment placement and capacity building.


Te Kohao Health

07 856 5938


951 Warier Drive, Hamilton East, Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND

Kirikiriroa Marae


951 Wairere Drive Hamilton East,3216

Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust

07 895 5919


121 Hakiaha Street, P.O. Box 286, Taumarunui, New Zealand - 3920

Ngati Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust

07 878 0028

PO Box 337, Te Kuiti, 3941

Raukawa Charitable Trust

07 885 0260


101-181 Leith Place, Tokoroa 3420


Te Korowai o Hauraki

07 868 0033


210 Richmond Street, Thames 3500, NEW ZEALAND

Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust

07 847 6980


50 Colombo Street, Frankton, Hamilton 3243, NEW ZEALAND


  • Strong internal communications
  • Connection of Whānau with other services which are not just income-related
  • Positive employment outcomes for Whānau
  • Positive connections of Whānau to education
  • Connection of Whānau back to their tribes
  • Large number of Whānau identified and engaged
  • Connection of urban Māori to their Iwi
  • New jobs for Collective staff
  • Whānau success stories and role models
  • Whānau Tahi usage and reporting
  • Improved Whānau financial independence
  • Whānau-centric (and goal-centric)
  • Leading New Zealand as a Collective (thought leadership)
  • Broadened scope of services provided
  • Collective partners work closely together
  • Integration across services
  • 4 Iwi providers and 4 urban Māori providers
  • New relationships and discussions
  • Streamlined systems
  • Technology and knowledge sharing
  • Crisis support for Whānau
  • Increased training opportunities for staff

Benefits of the collective

A New Way of Thinking about Working Together:

Collective Impact requires a new way of thinking about working together. These key messages are critical to the success of Te Ngira Collective

Common Agenda

Te Ngira has a shared vision for change, including a common understanding of the problems and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.

Back Bone Support

Successful Collaboration with members of Te Ngira will occur within a support infrastructure with specific skills.

Shared Measurements

Using a standardized tool and a range of indicators across all members of our Collective Te Ngira will measure for success.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Te Ngira members do what they are good at, in a way that reinforces what everyone else in the Collective is doing.

Continuous Communication

Te Ngira keeps talking to everyone, using a variety of channels, including face-to-face meetings.