About INA

INA was born of the dreams and aspirations of whānau living with HIV that is of Indigenous descent, that can trace their whakapapa and identify generational colonisation, and have a vision of ending AIDS for Indigenous Peoples. Utilising the tools passed down by our Tupuna, building an indigenous approaches to these deadly diseases, AIDS, and Tuberculosis. Please see the Founders.

Our Structure


Ngā Tikanga tuku iho mō INA.

Kaupapa Māori is the foundation of Māori culture and is derived from a Māori World View. Our policies, practices and structures are derived from that world view.

Kaupapa Ake


To improve and achieve maximum health and wellbeing for whānau living with and impacted by HIV and TB.


We are committed to improving the quality of life for whānau living with HIV and the quality of information about HIV, AIDS and TB to our communities.

Ngā Tikanga ō INA

The framework is based on seven Tikanga;

  1. Manaakitanga Giving prestige to or elevating the prestige of individuals or organisations through the expression or affection, hospitality, generosity and mutual respect;
    • To provide support for those impacted by HIV and TB;
    • To be a leading organisation in peer support and development;
    • Enhance relationships with networks of whānau living with HIV, organisations and government;
    • Reduce incidences of stigma and discrimination for whānau living with HIV.
    • To provide advocacy and in some cases activism for whānau living with HIV;
  2. Rangatiratanga Finding opportunities to develop whānau living with HIV; self determination through Mana Ātua, Mana Tūpuna and Mana Whenua.
    • Recognise the authority and mana of whakapapa;
    • Operate under the authority of Te Wakapūtanga o te Rangatiratanga o Niu Terene, and Te Tiriti ō Waitangi;
    • Increase and provide knowledge translation;
    • To provide Leadership and Advocacy in the Indigenous Response to HIV and TB;
    • Be an inspirational role model in our communities; to support others and other organisations to reflect and nuture their own Rangatiratanga.
  3. Whānaungatanga Affirming the relationships that Indigenous Peoples have to each other collectively, and the reciprocal obligations inherent in that relationship.
    • To move forward together inclusively;
    • To establish and maintain partnerships that maximise the impact on our communities;
    • Promote respect for all cultures, including their human rights and respecting the people of the land;
    • To contribute meaningfully and with Indigneous approaches to the HIV and TB response;
    • To encourage partnerships between whānau, Civil Societies, NGO's and Governments;
    • To promote whānaungatanga as the model for good collective/collaborative partnerships;
  4. Kotahitanga Demonstrating commitment and unity of purpose in pursuit of a vision.
    • to work together as a collaborative in the HIV and TB response, in a culturally determined and appropriate manner.
  5. Wairuatanga Connecting people to their lands, mountains, rivers, oceans, homes, ancestors, Deities and other cultural icons.
    • To acknowledge all methodologies that will improve the quality of life for whānau;
    • Provide culturally approved, appropriate and sensitive models of practice;
  6. Kaitiakitanga exercising the responsibility that we have to our whānau and community and we have for our environment. Recognising Climate Change and Women's Rights.
    • To enhance and restore Mana for whānau living with HIV;
    • to provide a non-judgmental, loving and humane service to our communities;
    • To promote accountabiity: to our whānau, funders, partners, sponsors and the community;
    • To improve the lives of whānau living with HIV;
    • To provide a safe and nurturing environment for whānau living with HIV.
  7. Mana Tūpuna/Whakapapa Connecting us to the past, the present and future and to one another.

Why INA?

The acronym INA stands for Immanuel, Noelle and Apihaka. The first two names are from two children taken by AIDS, and the last for a child that was spared, despite both parents living with HIV.

Logo explanation

The red ribbon represents HIV and AIDS. The break in the ribbon represent's an interruption of whakapapa in the blood stream. The Koru represents new life/lives and new beginnings - restoration of Mana, with the supporting hand of whānau.

INA (Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation

To improve the quality of life for whānau living with and impacted by HIV, and improve the quality of information given to whānau, hapū and Iwi.

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  • Phone:
    (+64) (0)27 2991535
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  • Address:
    PO Box 1
    Tirau, South Waikato
    New Zealand