Must be registered with Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust.
The programmes offered by Rauawaawa Health Services are catered and driven by Kaumātua for Kaumātua. A wide range of FREE services offered exclusively to Kaumātua ensures a safe environment onsite and in the community, and reflect the complex needs of Kaumātua.


Koroua and Kuia early intervention allows Kaumātua to participate in a variety of services that maintain health in all aspects. Whether it is monitoring the health and social needs of Kaumātua or preventing further illness with positive activity and social activities and programmes.
We offer:
  • Social interaction programmes
  • Understanding the importance of reducing isolation for Kaumātua
  • Mirimiri therapy
  • Links to other services, i.e. disability networks and community educators
  • Kaumātua walking group
  • Educational forums for Kaumātua and whānau
  • Support with making positive lifestyle changes


Rauawaawa provides various services for Kaumātua to maintain their health and wellbeing. These services include social interaction programs, nursing services, whānau ora navigation, and mauri ora services for chronic disease management. They also offer Mirimiri therapy and acupuncture for pain relief and relaxation. These programs aim to empower Kaumātua to make positive lifestyle changes and promote a cultural link between them, their whānau, and other health services. To access these services, bookings may be required, and conditions may apply for home visits and grant support.


Kaumātua Nursing Services prides itself on its unique delivery. With experienced and caring Registered Nurses, we can offer appropriate time required to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Kaumātua and their whānau.
We offer:
  • Professional and committed nurses
  • Clinical support to health appointments
  • Health and wellness assessments and referrals
  • Empowerment to make positive lifestyle changes
  • Health education and promotion
  • Medication advice
  • Home visits (conditions apply)
  • Foot and hearing clinics
  • Strength and balance classes
  • Hiki te Wairua programme (dementia)
  • Hiki te Hauora programme (vaccination)
  • Kaumātua Oranga (disability support)

Whānau Ora Navigation

Through a whānau-centred delivery, we endeavour to work towards empowering the Kaumātua and whānau to address, navigate and manage all aspects that affect health and wellbeing. This includes the medical, social, and cultural complexities within their worlds.
We offer:
  • Facilitation of hui whānau
  • Whānau Ora needs assessments
  • Navigation Support:
    – Income support (Ministry of Social Development, Work and Income)
    – Housing support (MSD, Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa, Accessible Homes, Kāinga Ora)
  • Grant Support (Special criteria applies)

Mauri Ora

Mauri Ora services provide a range of support that allow a cultural link between Kaumātua, their whānau and other health services when monitoring chronic disease. The service works closely with nursing staff to ensure the safety of Kaumātua and their whānau is upheld.
We offer:
  • Health assessments and Care plans
  • Support/transport to health appointments
  • Ongoing management of asthma/COPD, diabetes, heart disease
  • Diabetes and heart support groups
  • Kaumātua Gym classes and prescription exercises
  • Pūmau ki te Tangata (nutrition and exercise weight loss programme)
  • Pool exercise classes
  • Kumba (Zumba for Kaumātua)
  • Referrals to other services
  • Kaumātua Olympics
  • Iron Māori Kaumātua


There are various types of therapy techniques to help alleviate physical discomfort and promote relaxation. Deep Tissue Therapy utilises firm pressure and slow strokes to massage deep layers of muscle and connective tissue. Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy checks the body’s posture and uses massage to unblock any blockages. Therapeutic Therapy uses gentle pressure to ease anxiety, muscle tension, and promote better sleep. Self Mirimiri – Reflexology Therapy teaches how to self-massage specific points on the feet and hands. Health-Chi Kung Breathing Exercises promote the movement of energy in the body through breathing exercises and movements of the limbs.
Led by our Mirimiri therapist Rachael Owen. This service is available to all kaumātua that are registered with Rauawaawa. Bookings are essential.
Clinic times:
Monday 10am – 1pm
Wednesday 10am – 12pm
Friday 10am – 2pm (during Kotahitanga)


These alternative therapies aim to provide pain relief and promote overall wellness. Needles, in the form of acupuncture, target specific points on the body for pain relief and treating chronic disorders. Moxibustion, a heat therapy, is used to alleviate pain and invigorate blood flow in the body. Cupping, an ancient practice, uses cups to create suction and improve blood flow, inflammation, and relaxation. Ear seeds placed in the ear offer acupressure to help with pain and insomnia. Acupressure therapy uses manual pressure on key points to relieve muscle tension and pain.


We offer a transport service for Kaumātua who are registered with Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust and have no other means of transport. This service is limited to within the Hamilton City boundary and for transport to and from Rauawaawa programmes. We limit koha from Kaumātua to $5 (if and when provided), as a means to help ensure this service remains available.
Please note, a koha is discouraged and declined for Kaumātua registered with Health & Wellbeing services, that need support to and from specialist appointments.

Kotahitanga Socialisation

The Kotahitanga Committee is made up of kaumātua volunteers who support Rauawaawa to achieve its Vision. The Committee plans, organises and coordinates a weekly socialisation programme and annual kaumātua events and activities. Committee members maintain and enhance relationships with stakeholders, attend events/activities representing kaumātua and Rauawaawa, and encourage kaumātua participation in Trust services.

community connectors

Community Connectors is a team that provides support to individuals and whānau during the self-isolation period and beyond, if necessary. Their main focus is to ensure that there is Manaaki/support in the community. The team prepares and delivers food, wellness/hygiene packs, and Kids activity packs to people who are self-isolating. They also fulfill any special requests such as baby-specific needs, pet food, or any other specific needs.
Moreover, Community Connectors offer ongoing support to whānau in terms of food, housing, and medical needs. For those that qualify they can pay for pharmacy medication, transportation needs as well as help them find housing if required. Since February 5th 2022, the team has supported over 3,115 households and 11,361 individuals.


Ngā akomanga hapori

Must be registered with Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust.
A number of community classes are offered each term of the year including such classes as: Ukulele Class, Performing Arts, Kakahu, Te Reo for Kaumātua etc.
Because Community Classes change regularly, it is best to ring our 0800 333 359 and check so that you have access to the most updated information possible.