Te Roopu Taurima is the largest kaupapa Maori organisation in the country, providing support services for people of all ethnicities who have intellectual impairments.
Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust grew from the old Mangere Hospital, where many people with intellectual impairments were institutionalised in a system that proved inappropriate and insensitive to their culture. This problem was solved by collaboration between the Ministry of Health, Spectrum Care, and Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust.
In 1999, Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust became an independent provider, realising our goal of providing tikanga based services to tangata (our clients) – in other words, caring for clients, while always keeping a strong basis in Maori culture. Whatever your culture, the values of respect, whanau (family) and reciprocity guide the way that we operate and provide care.
In 2016, a new strategic plan was introduced to all tangata, kaimahi (staff) and whanau; the plan captures our aspirations as an organisation on behalf of the people and whanau we support throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. It descrives our values, what we stand for and the outcomes we aim to achieve with the people we support, their whanau and our kaimahi.
With this plan we made the move of referring to the people we support from mokopuna to tangata. Also, as we offer services in Te Taitokerau (Northland), Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland), Midlands and Otautahi (Christchurch), this brought about the decision to align the operating name of the organisation to Te Roopu Taurima (TRT).
Certification from Quality Health NZ confirmed the quality of care that Te Roopu Taurima provides, and since then we have been able to maintain our core support services in residential, vocational support and out of family respite care as well as look to expand and grow, particularly within the Choices in Community Living services. We also continue to support tangata whaiora (mental health clients) in one of our Whangarei whare (homes).