Our Story

VISION – Te Moemoeā
To break the cycle of intergenerational imprisonment through Jesus’s love

MISSION – Te Mihana
To wrap a cloak of faith around people trapped in the pipeline to prison

VALUES – Ngā Pou
Whakapono – Faith, Tūmanako – Hope, Aroha – Love, Kotahitanga – Unity

He Korowai Whakapono is a Cloak of Faith. Our name is a tāonga (treasure) and was gifted to us by former National Director of Prison Fellowship NZ; Matua Tā Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa) and our Tohu is a Korowai that cloaks whānau with the love of God.

He Korowai Whakapono is a Kaupapa Māori Faith-based organisation and registered charitable trust in Aotearoa (NZ) CC50889. We honour the legacy of ministry support in prisons and communities through Prison Fellowship International and respect the bicultural intentions of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi; one nation, one treaty, one crown, two partners.

We seek to break the cycle of intergenerational imprisonment in collaboration with the Church, community, whānau, hapū and iwi. We have strong values deeply embedded in faith and a commitment to social justice, people in prison and their whānau (family).

We acknowledge Te Tiriti ō Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) as the founding document and source of our constitution in Aotearoa (NZ). We have an understanding based on kotahitanga (unity) where we recognise that Māori hold Mana Motuhake (distinct status) as Tangata Whenua (people of the land).

We have culturally responsive frameworks that reflect our extensive experience with whānau trapped in the intergenerational pipeline to prison. We are driven by a kaupapa (purpose) and the hope of a better future for whānau that strengthens whanaungatanga (relationships) and enhances mana tangata (integrity) in the community. Our holistic reintegration models are innovative, sustainable, whānau centric, kaupapa Māori (a Māori approach) and co-designed by Māori who have lived experience of the criminal justice system and the effects of colonisation, racism and institutional bias in Aotearoa (NZ).

Our relationships with people in prison and their whānau are built on trust and based on our core values of Faith, Hope, Love and Unity. We have faithful and dedicated key leaders who support us to provide positive outcomes and alternative pathways with whānau. We consider it a privilege to walk alongside the whānau and aim to connect people returning home from prison to strong, healthy and trusted relationships within their communities.

We love God and support the Church in their mission to bring hope, restoration and healing to the nation, as well as link communities together to weave ‘He Korowai Whakapono’ (a Cloak of Faith) around the whānau. We are committed to people in our care and their journey of restoration: rediscovery of identity, belonging and purpose through the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ. We are certain of our faith and courageously express it by reaching upwards to God in worship, outwards to our communities and whānau, hapū, iwi in service and towards our people in hope.

Our Team

Lady Ranapiri-Kupa
Manahautū – Director

Catrina Bengree
National Administrator

Rima Mataia
Angel Tree Manager

Audrey Moonlight
Pathways Manager

Peter Rakanui
Pathways Manager

Our Board

Marama Parore
Board Chair

Gary Shuttleworth
Board Member

Henry Feleti
Board Member

Tony Steele
Board member

1 Peter 2:9

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God … called out of darkness into light

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