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2/40 Copsey Business Park,
Copsey Place, Avondale
Auckland, New Zealand 1026
PO Box 71-129 Rosebank
Auckland 1026
09 820 0045
0800 731 188
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Who are we?

                                          was established in 2001 to provide support and care for Māori (and Non-Māori) who experience a mental health disability. 

We aim to achieve successful healing and recovery of Tāngata Whaiora (Tāngata Whaiora: a person who is subject of care, assessment and treatment processes in mental health - a person seeking health) through the provision of a range of high quality support and care services. Tāngata Whaiora are at the heart of everything we do.

Currently we care for some 120 Tāngata Whaiora and have 31 kaimahi. We operate under a kaupapa Māori philosophy.

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Our Holistic Approach


Te Kōtuku Ki Te Rangi's philosophy towards health is based on a holistic health model, Te Whare Tapa Whā, the four sided house. Each side representing four equal dimensions to life and well-being. 

Taha tinana (physical health): The capacity for physical growth and development. 

Taha wairua (spiritual health): The capacity for faith and wider communication. 

Taha hinengaro (mental health): The capacity to communicate, to think and to feel.

Taha whānau (family health). The capacity to belong, to care and to share to be part of their wider whānau.  


Te Kōtuku was one of the earliest providers to design, plan and deliver services with Tāngata Whaiora based on this model. We are a non-clinical service but we know the value of addressing basic needs such as secure and safe housing, food and clothing, education, employment, whānau support and removing the barriers to recovery and well-being.


Our Vision

To provide a range of quality services which support recovery and well-being.

Our Mission

Through united strength, vision and concerted commitment to well-being and development,

Tāngata Whaiora can realise their dreams and aspirations.

Ka whakatopa te Kōtuku

"The heron soars"

Our logo, te kōtuku or white heron, was well-loved by the Māori, but it is rarely seen. Some say there were colonies in the Te Atatū peninsula and other places, however they are now confined to Okarito in Westland. When seen in close proximity it is a magnificent bird, with its large size and clean white plumage.  Kōtuku had mythical status for Māori because of their rarity and beauty. The epithet "te kōtuku rerenga tahi" (the white heron of a single flight) was given to distinguished guests who seldom visited. Māori kept some of these birds in captivity as their feathers of were considered to be tapu, and were used to adorn the hair of chiefs and other men of high rank, or their cloaks and kites. Women wore the shorter plumes. 



While there have been some updates of our logo, it depicts the kōtuku flying skyward (ki te rangi) over Hikurangi maunga range in Te Tairāwhiti. Hikurangi being associated with Ngāti Porou, the iwi of our early founding trustees and workers. Te kōtuku is also a shared identity with kura, groups and organisations and has become synonymous with west Auckland

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Our Services

Te Kōtuku Ki Te Rangi provide the following services. Click to see more:

Our Values


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Our commitment to Iwi Māori

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We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and acknowledge and respect the status of mana whenua in Tāmaki Makaurau. Our "five warriors" carving in, our reception lobby depicts our longstanding relationship and history with the following iwi and tribal rohe in and around our service:  (Left to Right) 


Ngāti Porou (the iwi of our early founders), 

Ngāti Whātua, 

Te Kawerau ā Maki

and the iwi of Te Tai Tokerau.


We are also acknowledge and respect the other iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau. We are also committed to matāwaka and whānau who live in Tāmaki Makaurau. 


Our Waiata

Ko te kōtuku ki te rangi e rere nei e

E kawe nei i te oranga tāngata

O te wairua me te tinana, te hinengaro

Hoki aue!


Marangatahi tātou e ngā iwi

Hinepiripiri kapohia

Mā te kōtuku tātou e kawe ki te oranga

Ki te ate o te Atua e hika mā


E tū ngā pae maunga Waitākere

E rere ngā wai Opanuku – panuku

Te wao nui o Tiriwa te rohe

Te mana whenua, ko Ngāti Whātua


Marangatahi tātou e ngā iwi

Hinepiripiri kapohia

Mā te kōtuku tātou e kawe ki te oranga

Ki te ate o te Atua e hika mā


Ka rere taku manu

Ka rere te kōtuku ki te rangi

Ki te Tai Rāwhiti ki te toka whakairo ā Hikurangi

Ki te hauāuru ki runga o Waikato e

Hokahoka taku manu ki te Tai Tokerau

Ki runga o Rangitoto ki Takaparawhau

Topatopa kau ana ki Maramatāwhana

E ko te Kawerau ā Maki

Tau ana taku manu ki runga o Titirangi

Ki Waitākere e hika e

Nā Rāwiri Waititi i tito

Ngā mihi to our funders, partners and supporters