is lifting up its people
Today The Detail is looking at why they’re so important and how they can change lives for the better.
Jessie Chiang speaks to Auckland hapū Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei about their journey from once being landless to now being able to divide millions between whānau.
The chief executive of the iwi's trust, Jamie Sinclair, says they now have all sorts of programmes, from education grants, to housing and saving schemes.
"I guess it cuts to the heart of why we exist, we exist for the well-being of our whānau," he says.
He's the proudest of their health insurance programme, Toi Ora, which so far has paid out about $4m in premiums to cover members.