Te Kiwi Māia

The Courageous Kiwi

Providing rehabilitation, recovery and respite to our people, who – as a result of their role in safeguarding and caring for New Zealanders – have physical or psychological injuries. We enable our people and their families to continue healthy, positive lives

Te Kiwi Māia’s Charitable Trust number is CC56958

Bank Account Details
Westpac 03-0162-0082184-000 

Our Mission

Providing rehabilitation, recovery and respite to our people, who – as a result of their role in safeguarding and caring for New Zealanders – have physical or psychological injuries. We enable our people and their families to continue healthy, positive lives.

This will be achieved through the provision of facilities, equipment, services or assistance for the rehabilitation, recovery and care of such individuals, as well as their immediate families, who are in need.
Our aim is to establish a homestead and working farm designed and equipped to foster physical, psychological and emotional rehabilitation and recovery; somewhere for those who have committed to our country, and who have been injured through their work, to recuperate and refresh. This will be achieved via the provision of a supportive and inclusive environment, professional assistance, access to a variety of services, and opportunities to participate in activities that promote mental wellness; such as pottery, cooking or yoga classes, building tuition, sports and fitness, or assisting on the farm.

Ultimately Te Kiwi Māia’s goal is to support and assist those whose role has been to safeguard and care for all New Zealanders, so they can continue healthy, positive lives.

Te Kiwi Māia’s Charitable Trust number is CC56958.

Retired Waikato-based police officer Stuart Patterson. Photo / Supplied

First responders, Defence Force see homestead retreat as next step in addressing mental health.

Miriam Burrell - NZ Herald

Stuart Patterson still wakes up in the middle of the night with flashbacks, 18 months after retiring from the police force.

Certain memories, such as a hotel fire in Hamilton where people jumped out of the windows, or facing the families of fatal car crash victims, have stuck with him.

"That's par for the course for so many retired police officers, I'm one of thousands," the former Waikato officer told the Herald.

Patterson said policing is different from when he started in 1993, and he wonders about the morale of "bright young officers" as they face increasing violence and injuries on the job.



This album is part of a wider initiative to support first responders and NZDF personnel. The purpose of this album is to raise awareness, support and funds for Te Kiwi Māia who will receive all proceeds from NZ album sales. The Album is also endorsed by His Majesty King Charles


  Meet the Te Kiwi Māia Co-Founders

    Rebecca Nelson C0-Founder 

   Megan Mashali Co-Founder

  James Burt Co-Founder

Meet the Te Kiwi Māia Ambassadors

Sir Wayne Shelford

"They see things that not everyone wants to see. All those services that are first responders to other people and other people’s health and they see some horrific things. Just sometimes you need to download it, you can’t carry that with you all your life. If you carry it, it is going to hurt you”

Mike Bush CNZM

"Those who protect us from harm: emergency services first responders and our defence personnel, risk their lives to keep us safe. They run towards danger when others are retreating. Their courageous acts and deeds take a toll on body and mind. We must find away to support them, care for them and to repay them. Te Kiwi Māia is such away."

Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae 

Lady Jo Shelford

"Without a second thought I knew that I’d be a strong supporter of this amazing kaupapa. Te Kiwi Māia offers an holistic pathway of healing for our First Responder community and an opportunity for Māori to heal hearing their voices and listening to their stories.” 

Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM CVO QSO DStJ


Where to get help


1737, Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, midday–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available 7pm–10pm daily.

Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.

thelowdown.co.nz – or email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626

Anxiety New Zealand – 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)

Supporting Families in Mental Illness – 0800 732 825

 If it’s an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

Te Kiwi Māia proudly to partner with 

Our latest

A massive thank you to Wardie for choosing us as your charity for Celebrity Treasure Island this year. Wardie managed to get $10,000 for TKM!!! Thank you Wardie you legend! 

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