Our purpose is supporting all people and communities affected by sexual harm towards wellbeing through healing, education and prevention.
Tautoko Mai Sexual Harm Support is a for-purpose, non-profit organisation, governed by a Board of Trustees. We employ Counsellors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Nurses and Doctors. All our staff are highly skilled and have ongoing professional development.
Our Trust is set up as a not-for-profit charity, and since 2010 we have provided support and care for many clients and whanau who would previously not have been able to access this support.
So in the name "Tautoko mai" is the concept of the Māori values of manaaki & tiaki: to support and take care of, to guard and protect. Moving towards the "whaiora" the seeker of wellness who are the manuhiri, the guests of our roopu.
"Tau" is also used as it is in the name of our city "Tauranga" meaning to settle, to be safe. Therefore Tauranga meaning 'safe harbour'. When "tau" is used at the beginning of a word it amplifies the action. In this case the action is the "Toko" - to begin to move, particularly in terms of thinking and emotions.