Te Kotuku Ki Te Rangi was established to respond to increasingly community-based solutions in the field of mental health and was one of the first Maori residential mental health providers. The organisation was established in collaboration with Tangiwairua Hieatt using a kaupapa Maori model of care and became an incorporated society in 1991. In February of 1992 operations were established in West Auckland and in 2001 Te Kotuku Ki Te Rangi became a Charitable Trust.
Te Kotuku, or White Heron, is a beautiful, pure white bird that is seen to be rising up in full flight over the mountain (of life problems) into the new day, a new life, a fresh beginning, reaching to the heavens and gaining spiritual achievement over the adversity of the Tangata Whaiora mamae or illness. The mountain represents Mt. Hikurangi of Ngati Porou, the first place that sees the sun of each new day.
Our logo sees Te Kotuku continuing on it’s journey above Mt. Hikurangi, but with a fresh look that sees it freed from restrictive borders.