Lynda Parata - 16/6/1962 - 11/12/2014

He wahine ngāwari, he mea whakatau tamariki, rangatahi me ngā pākeke hoki - A gentle woman, with skill that brought peace and a sense of security to all people.

Kei roto i te ngākau nui o Te Whare Kaupapa Awhina mō ake tonu atu - Forever remembered within the heart of Open Home Foundation.


Tupu Tahi

'Tupu Tahi´ is the way Open Home Foundation define our organisational approach to the bi-cultural development of our practice and response when assisting whānau, hapū and iwi to meet the care and protection needs of their tamariki.

It is expected that having 'Tupu Tahi' operating within Te Whare Kaupapa Āwhina will result in Māori have a sense of belonging facilitated through tikanga Māori and that a safe cultural environment is established for all.

Te Roopu Māori o Te Whare Kaupapa Āwhina

Te Roopū Māori has a central role in the formation and operation of policy, processes and practice for Māori staff and service users within Te Whare Kaupapa Āwhina. Te Roopū Māori also has a role in self determination of matters Māori, including kaitiakitanga of Te Whare Kaupapa Āwhina taonga Māori. Te Roopu Māori accepts the challenge of Te Reo and Tikanga

Te Roopū Māori is Open Home Foundation's primary vehicle for consultation with Māori staff and ensures a Māori perspective is sought, obtained and acknowledged. Te Roopū Māori facilitates a collective voice, arrived at through a process which Māori Staff have confidence in and is likely to secure their support.

Te Roopū Māori provides Māori staff with the opportunity to meet in their own space utilising their own processes to discuss, and make recommendations on policy, practice and professional issues that may concern them.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Whare Kaupapa Āwhina

Statement of Intent: We are a Christian Child and Family Support Service. We are not part of the Crown but adopt the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti O Waitangi as a covenant. We are committed to exceed Treaty obligations and link with Māori to support whānau, hapu and iwi self determination.

Normal Te Tiriti O Waitangi expresses the rights of Māori and Tauiwi to prosper in Aotearoa / New Zealand and defines the partnership relationship between Māori and Tauiwi. As a responsible Treaty partner, Te Whare Kaupapa Āwhina will be guided by the following principles in its partnership journey, both internally with staff, foster parents and volunteers, and externally with Māori whānau, hapū and iwi:

  • Tupu Tahi (Unity)
  • Mana Motuhake (power, respect)
  • Oranga (wellbeing)
  • Marae (generosity)

Please Contact us if you would like to obtain a copy of any of these policies to read in detail.