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Our Kaupapa

Our Vision, Purpose and Values
Tā Mātou Matakite, Whāinga, Ā-Mātou Whanonga Pono hoki

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Matakite Our Vision

Kia ora ngātahi ngā tamariki me ngā whānau i AotearoaOla Manuia.
Children and families flourishing together in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Whāinga Our Purpose

Kia whakapikia te ōritenga hauora, toira hoki.
To improve health and wellbeing equity.

MAS Foundation has a mission of improving health and wellbeing equity and honouring the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We prioritise these important areas through our mahi with a focus on sustainable long-term systems change.

Whanonga Pono

Our Values

We aim to embrace the following values in all we do.


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Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui. Be bold, be brave, be steadfast.


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Tika, pono me te aroha. Doing what is right with integrity and fairness, love and compassion.


Whiria te tangata. Weaving people together.

“We are no ordinary grantmaker. We don’t just give out money – our point of difference is that we form long-term partnerships with people and organisations tackling challenges and work to support these communities.”

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Our Whakapapa

MAS Foundation adopted a proactive values-based approach to grantmaking in 2021 following the appointment of Heads of Foundation in a Te Tiriti partnership role. This leadership model has further strengthened our journey of implementing our Te Tiriti o Waitangi commitment.

MAS Foundation Te Tiriti o Waitangi Position Statement


MAS Foundation Conflict of Interest Policy


Our people

We have an outstanding team of dedicated individuals contributing to the work of MAS Foundation. This includes governance, building strong relationships and connections with our grant recipients, and raising awareness of the Foundation’s integral role in supporting greater health and wellbeing equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Executive team

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Tumuaki o te Tūāpapa a MAS - Head of MAS Foundation

Ngāti Awa; Ngāi Tuhoe; Te Whānau-a-Apanui

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Head of Foundation

Tongan (Tongoleleka, HA’APAI, Kolofo’ou, Ma’ufanga, Tofoa – TONGATAPU)

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Operations Lead

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi


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Trustee (Chair)


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Ngā Puhi

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Portrait of Folasaitu Dr Julia Ioane

Trustee (Deputy Chair)


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MAS Board Representative

Inaugural Trustees

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Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Hako

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(2019 - 2021)

MAS Board Representative

Specialist Advisors

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Kaumātua/Tikanga Advisor

Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Wairere

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Pasifika Advisor

Samoan (Toamua - Faleata, Salani - Falealili)

Enquire for Funding

Get in touch with us to see if your mahi is a good fit with MAS Foundation.