Mahi a Atua

Empowering whānau in distress through mātauranga Māori and cultural connections

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Mahi a Atua is a kaupapa Māori service which provides support predominantly for whānau Māori who are in distress. Trained by Te Kurahuna, headed by Dr Diana Kopua & Matua Mark Kopua we as Mataora privilege mātauranga Māori as the basis for addressing institutional racism, strengthening best practice and realising equitable outcomes for whānau. Through wānanga Mataora link whānau with their whakapapa using culturally relevant practices such as karakia, pūrākau and mahi toi to the characteristics of their atua, their tīpuna and ultimately their pre-colonised selves. We acknowledge the impact that colonisation has had on our people and welcome any whānau wherever they are on their journey- nau mai, haere mai ki Mahi a Atua.

Service Details

A holistic approach through a Māori lens to support whānau on their healing journey and improving their wellbeing ā tinana, ā hinengaro, ā wairua, ā whānau in ways identified by the whānau.

A safe & confidential wānanga space for whānau to share their distress- Mataora drive the wānanga as whānau lead us.
Access to larger collective of Mataora- supporting each other so we can provide deeper & wider support to whānau.

Networking & linking whānau to support resources in the community. We also advocate for whānau in spaces where they need extra support.

Flexibility in meeting space – Whānau whare, Te Taiao/outdoors, we also have a room available in Ōtāhuhu
Access for whānau through:

0800 MAHI A ATUA (0800 62 4422882)

About the Mahi a Atua team

Andria Vagana

Mahi a Atua

At Te Hononga, our dedicated Mahi a Atua team, collectively known as Ue Rongo, consists of three skilled Mataora who are passionate about empowering whānau Māori on their healing journey. Trained by Te Kurahuna under the guidance of Dr. Diana Kopua and Matua Mark Kopua, our team utilizes mātauranga Māori to address institutional racism, enhance best practices, and realize equitable outcomes for whānau.

Our Mataora, including Andria Vagana, take a holistic approach to support whānau through ā tinana, ā hinengaro, ā wairua, and ā whānau dimensions. They create safe and confidential wānanga spaces for whānau to share their distress and engage in collaborative, creative processes that draw upon their unique pūkenga-super powers. With flexibility in meeting spaces and access through various channels, our team at Mahi a Atua is committed to helping whānau reconnect with their whakapapa and navigate their path towards Te Ao Mārama.

For more information about our Mahi a Atua Service, please contact Andria or contact us through our contact page:


Kua tawhiti kē to haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu.
He nui rawa o mahi, kia kore e mahi tonu.

You have come too far not to go further, you have done too much not to do more.