About us

The Moko Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust established to build a better Aotearoa- New Zealand through Health, Leadership and Education.

Founded in 2011 by Former New Zealander of the Year, Dr. Lance O’Sullivan and Tracy MacFarlane, the Moko Foundation continues to better and influence lives and communities around the country.

Our track record continues to grow as we’ve seen hundreds of rangatahi pass through our leadership programmes and gain access to an exclusive network or mentors and support.

In 2020, we welcomed iMoko Health Services to the Moko Foundation with building the capacity of providing health care to thousands of tamariki in our communities.

Waharoa ki te Toi is a Kaitaia based research centre whose overarching principle is to create new knowledge to produce better health outcomes. It is a unique partnership model between the MOKO Foundation and the Maurice Wilkins Centre, which is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence that brings together over 150 of the country’s top scientists and clinicians from across our top Universities.  

The success of the Moko Foundation comes down to the passion and dedication of our amazing staff that go above and beyond to make a change and a difference in Aotearoa.

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Supporting Rangatahi aspirations and providing opportunities has always guided our mahi here in Te Hiku o te Ika.

Tēnā koe e hine! Kia kaha, kia maia, kia ū ki ō mahi katoa! Poho kereru ana mātou i a koe e kō!

Over the next few days we will be sharing the 4 recipients of our recent scholarship round and a little bit more about them, what they are studying and their aspirations for our community and iwi Māori!

Whakatata mai e te iwi!Tēnā koutou Moko Foundation!
Ka nui te mihi atu ki a koutou i koha pūtea tautoko mō taku huarahi rangahau hauora.
So very grateful to receive your support as I embark on the Health Sciences pathway. Ko te whāinga nui 'More Māori in Medicine!'
Ngā mihi aroha,
Kaila Tobin (Muriwhenua, Te Hiku o Te Ika)

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Supporting Rangatahi aspirations and providing opportunities has always guided our mahi here in Te Hiku o te Ika. 

Tēnā koe e hine! Kia kaha, kia maia, kia ū ki ō mahi katoa! Poho kereru ana mātou i a koe e kō! 

Over the next few days we will be sharing the 4 recipients of our recent scholarship round and a little bit more about them, what they are studying and their aspirations for our community and iwi Māori! 

Whakatata mai e te iwi!

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Go well kais 🙌🏽🤍

Proud of you bub 🙌🏾

So proud of you miss. You will definitely go a long way. Smash it Bub xx

Awesome Kailah you're awesome xo

Congrats Miss Kaila so proud of you

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Tēnā tātou e te iwi!

Last week we reconvened with our amazing Rangatahi Leadership Group for the first time this year.

It was an awesome hui to reconnect with the existing Rangatahi members from last year, as well as welcoming in some new kanohi to the rōpū. We are really excited and privileged to work alongside this rōpū of Rangatahi as they each offer a variety of skills and have the passion to help the wider Rangatahi community of Te Hiku.

Watch this space 👀 as we will be sharing more about the upcoming initiatives and kaupapa we have created and will be offering to the community very soon.

Mā te wā! 🙌🏽
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Tēnā tātou e te iwi! 

Last week we reconvened with our amazing Rangatahi Leadership Group for the first time this year. 

It was an awesome hui to reconnect with the existing Rangatahi members from last year, as well as welcoming in some new kanohi to the rōpū. We are really excited and privileged to work alongside this rōpū of Rangatahi as they each offer a variety of skills and have the passion to help the wider Rangatahi community of Te Hiku. 

Watch this space 👀 as we will be sharing more about the upcoming initiatives and kaupapa we have created and will be offering to the community very soon. 

Mā te wā! 🙌🏽

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Congratulations

Awesome mahi The Moko Foundation

Toitū He Whakaputanga!
Toitū Te Tiriti!
Toitū tātou te iwi Māori!

This week we were joined by our whanaunga Eru Kapa-Kingi (Te Aupouri, Ngāpuhi) who held his RANGATIRATANGA Workshop with our kāhui kaimahi here at The Moko Foundation.

He maha ngā hua i puta! We delved into Māori law, He whakaputanga (the tuakana document) & Te Tiriti, both of which work together. I wānangahia mātou i te hītori, we discussed the historical context of how Māori came to be the Tanagata whenua of Aotearoa and then how these two Rangatira documents were developed, ending with the importance of our Mana Motuhake and Tino Rangatiratanga in our modern context.

Tēnā koe e te tuakana! Mahi tika ana!

Ka waihō i konei ko ngā kōrero a Tā Hēmi Henare hei whakaarotanga mā tātou!

“Kua tawhiti kē tō haerenga mai kia kore e haere tonu. He nui rawa ō mahi kia kore e mahi tonu!”
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Toitū He Whakaputanga!
Toitū Te Tiriti!
Toitū tātou te iwi Māori! 

This week we were joined by our whanaunga Eru Kapa-Kingi (Te Aupouri, Ngāpuhi) who held his RANGATIRATANGA Workshop with our kāhui kaimahi here at The Moko Foundation. 

He maha ngā hua i puta! We delved into Māori law, He whakaputanga (the tuakana document) & Te Tiriti, both of which work together. I wānangahia mātou i te hītori, we discussed the historical context of how Māori came to be the Tanagata whenua of Aotearoa and then how these two Rangatira documents were developed, ending with the importance of our Mana Motuhake and Tino Rangatiratanga in our modern context. 

Tēnā koe e te tuakana! Mahi tika ana! 

Ka waihō i konei ko ngā kōrero a Tā Hēmi Henare hei whakaarotanga mā tātou! 

“Kua tawhiti kē tō haerenga mai kia kore e haere tonu. He nui rawa ō mahi kia kore e mahi tonu!”

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Ātaahua! 💚

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