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About Us

Our History   |   Our Values   |   Our Aims   |   Our Team   |   Media

Our History 

Purapura Whetu Trust
 

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi is provided by Purapura Whetu Trust.

Established in 2002, Purapura Whetu Trust is a kaupapa Māori health, wellbeing, and social service provider in Waitaha, Aotearoa (Canterbury, New Zealand). Purapura Whetu supports whānau to get well, stay well, live well, and reach for the stars and beyond. 

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi was initially formed as part of the response to the terrorist attacks on Christchurch mosques that took place on March 15th 2019. The attacks took the lives of 51 individuals and left many with significant physical and mental injuries.

 

Kāhui Tū Kaha, Ngati Whatua

 

Recognising the need for culturally and spiritually appropriate support for the diverse Muslim community, a team of Muslim Wellbeing practitioners from Auckland travelled to Christchurch on a regular basis for the first few months following the attacks. This established Muslim Wellbeing Service was part of Kāhui Tū Kaha, a Ngati Whatua (confederation of four Māori tribes) organisation that provides not-for-profit housing and mental health support in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).  

 

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi
 

In 2019, Purapura Whetu Trust was approached and agreed to set up a Muslim Wellbeing team to support those affected by the terror attacks. Social and community support workers were handpicked from, and by, the local Muslim community.

 

Initially, the scope of the service was to provide support for those directly impacted by the attacks, but then widened to support the entire Muslim Community in Ōtautahi. This was in recognition of the widespread impact of the attacks, and to ensure that those who may not be directly impacted by the events of March 15th were not missing out on receiving support.  

To find out more, visit Services and Events, or view information by Life Stage - A'ilat (Family), Aruur (Children), Shabab (Youth), Hazarat (Men), Wanita (Women), and Matua (Elders).

 
 

Our Values

We are a service that respects where you are at; has an open-minded perspective about what you are going through; connects in a compassionate manner that is based on trust, and establishes faith in oneself and Allah.

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Our Aims
 

To support an individual’s healing journey in a holistic manner.

To enhance confidence and independence while building resilience.

To create deep-rooted connections with faith, community, and culture.

 
 

Media

18.03.22 - Three years on from the Christchurch mosque attacks, has anything changed?

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/chch-terror/463440/three-years-on-from-the-christchurch-mosque-attacks-has-anything-changed 

15.03.22 - Mosque attack survivor Temel Atacocugu finishes 350km Walk for Peace

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/463352/mosque-attack-survivor-temel-atacocugu-finishes-350km-walk-for-peace 

15.03.22 - Remembering March 15, three years on

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/remembering-march-15-three-years 

05.10.21 - Meeting complex mental health needs within Muslim community 

https://www.pegasus.health.nz/2021/10/05/meeting-complex-mental-health-needs-within-muslim-community/

13.03.21 - 'They are us': Christchurch shooting victims remembered two years on

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/13/they-are-us-christchurch-shooting-victims-remembered-two-years-on 

 

08.07.20 - Toy bears gifted to refugee children on arrival to Christchurch - their new home

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/07/toy-bears-gifted-to-refugee-children-on-arrival-to-christchurch-their-new-home.html 

10.03.20 - 15 March 2020 – the anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque shootings

https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/15-march-2020-the-anniversary-of-the-christchurch-mosque-shootings/ 

 

29.02.20 - Husna's story: Terror attack survivor Farid Ahmed pens tribute book to slain wife

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/husnas-story-terror-attack-survivor-farid-ahmed-pens-tribute-book-to-slain-wife/Y3KOZ5YC44DPRJTSQG6MUGVW7Q/ 

08.10.19 - Māori support for Muslim community continues

https://www.teaomaori.news/maori-support-muslim-community-continues 
 

08.10.19 - Auckland terror victim support workers hand over to Christchurch team

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/116404816/auckland-terror-victim-support-workers-hand-over-to-christchurch-team 

19.03.19 - They are us: A memorial to the lost
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/chch-terror

In their words: remembering the Christchurch mosque attacks

https://www.redcross.org.nz/stories/new-zealand/their-words-remembering-christchurch-mosque-attacks/