Our vision is a society free from sexual violence and harm.

Our purpose is supporting all people and communities affected by sexual harm towards wellbeing through healing, education and prevention.

This is the heart of what we do.

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.


Having a workplace where everyone is welcome, demonstrates integrity and shows respect towards one another.

Providing a safe supportive environment including participation and effective communication.

Supporting hopes, dreams and aspirations whilst leading by example.

Practicing self-empowerment and self-determination by way of accountability and responsibility.

Aspiring to be the best you can be through education, ethics and professionalism.

Our Story

Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Service was established in 2010 by a group of doctors and nurses working in the area of sexual assault assessments, who were concerned about the lack of a service to co-ordinate care and support for clients and their families.

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.

Story of new name

The contemporary meaning of "tautoko" is to support, assist and give comfort, to encourage and "mai" word - meaning in the direction of the speaker.

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.


A Society Free from Sexual Violence and Harm