Our Mahi

Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust is a kaupapa Māori organisation. We work alongside the community to improve the wellbeing of our whānau and the health of our Taiao in the Tāhuna community.

Our Mahi - Mana Tahuna

Our Story

Our Kaupapa

As a kaupapa Māori organisation, we are underpinned by our core values. These values, created through our whānau voice and feedback, are where all kaupapa at Mana Tāhuna are derived from.



Re-employment & Retaining

Kaupapa Maori

Health & Social Services


Te Wai Whakaata Lake Hayes

Mana Tāhuna has the privilege of partnering with the Department of Conservation & Friends of Lake Hayes to restore Wai Whakaata - Lake Hayes. Our dedicated team of kaimahi that take on various roles to contribute to the clean up of one of our beautiful roto! We have created over 30 jobs, destroyed hundreds of pests and planted over 63,000 trees in this project alone.

Te Wai Whakaata Lake Hayes - Mana Tahuna
Kaupapa Maori

Celebration of Te Ao Māori and Wānanga

Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust leads our Tāhuna community through various celebrations and wānanga annually. Partnering with the Queenstown Lakes District Council, we hold large Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Matariki and Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori events for our community. With over 1200 attendees across these in 2022, we plan on expanding these in 2023!

We hold Toi Māori, Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka, Mau Rākau and Whakapapa wānanga for whānau in our community. These wānanga always reach capacity.

Celebration of Te Ao Māori and Wānanga - Mana Tahuna
Health & Social

Community Connector Service

We partner with the Ministry of Social Development to make a significant impact for our community. Our dedicated connectors have supported over 560 whānau through covid isolation and kai support alone.

Community Connector Service - Mana Tahuna

WHS Planting Day

Every planting season, Mana Tāhuna partners with Wakatipu High School to hold Community Planting Days. Mana Tāhuna, along with all year nine students plant over 700 tipu. It was a great opportunity for us to teach these tauira not only how to plant a tree, but how to do our part as kaitiaki giving back to Papatūānuku.

Poipoia te kākano kia puawai.

Nurture the seed and it will blossom.

WHS Planting Day - Mana Tahuna

Mt. Dewar Project

In 2020 Mana Tāhuna partnered with TreeSpace to plant 7,000 new trees on Mt Dewar. This initiative provided employment for 15 whānau members and was the first project to be secured by Mana Tāhuna. It was also an opportunity for us to exercise our role as kaitiaki and do our part in protecting our whenua.

Toitū ki te marae o Tāne,
Toitū ki te marae o Tangaroa,
Toitū te iwi.

Sustain the realm of Tāne (the forest),
Sustain the realm of Tangaroa (the sea),
and you sustain the people

Mt. Dewar Project - Mana Tahuna
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Work with us to make a lasting difference

Together we can build a self-sustaining environment for our whānau to thrive. We are here as partners to help both our community and our land.

Work with us to make a lasting difference - Mana Tahuna