Come and be part of our growing kaupapa,
Hui e! Taiki e!!

In mid 2019 Mad Ave launched the Transformative  Academy Online.
This innovative platform has allowed creators, Tamati and Veeshayne to expand their contributions, and to give greater access to rangatahi Maori and the wider communities Mad Ave wish to serve.

2020 will bring more opportunities to grow this leadership training platform so please be in touch if you have Rangatahi or whanau, whatever communities you are with, that you would like to take to another level.
Mauri Ora!



Sharing story to create healing and inspire visions.

Since March 2018 Mad Ave has collaborated with a number of amazing teams to coordinate and ignite Home Fires.

In 2019, we went again, but this year we focussed on creating a wholehearted Pohiri, to welcome new residenst into the Fenchurch neighbourhood and to share the realities that such change can bring, good and bad.

The event was an incredibly inclusive gathering and empowered honesty, the sharing of some hardship, but also created a unified vision in the neighbourhood for whanau wellbeing.

This hui/gathering has been initiated to bring healing to some the impacts around property developments in Glen Innes. Mad Ave animateur Tamati Patuwai facilitated the hui as a response to some of the missing aspects around government, council and community engagements.

State housing residents for many reasons are often left to the side in terms of future designs and decision making, which in turn has, in Glen Innes, caused some of the most traumatic experiences around social change in Aotearoa.

In true Mad Ave styles Home Fires brings cultural insights, creative art powers, and whanau engagement into a powerful, unifying corroboration that seeks to heal and to redesign how developments can be done in partnership with whanau.

In 2020 it is vital that we nurture ways of working that enable healing and true collaboration.

Te Ara Moana 2019

Te Ara Moana 2019,  the indigenous youth leadership summit, was amazing again.

Curated and facilitated by Mad Ave Community Trust this amazing experience was co-designed, and led by youth for youth. 

Inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, and interactive activities set the backdrop for youth to be acknowledged, celebrated and empowered as future leaders.

All hosted at the amazing Orakei Marae in Auckland, New Zealand.

Thanx to all of our partners for your tautoko thus far! 

Please follow Mad Ave to see when and where the 2020 Te Ara Moan will be.

​2020 will be a celebration of our Pacific Island home.

Contact Tamati for details on how to participate:

Thanx and blessings

Thank you to all the supporters and the schools for your attendance in this years The River Talks.

It was different this year, as Auckland Council invited Mad Ave to support thier work on creating a Strategic plan to work on the Parks and Resreves in Glen Innes. We apologies for the disruption this created as we know many people were not aware of the new times in September 2019.

We will return to the notmal dates of February and March in 2020.

Te River Talks work continues to bring many people and groups people form near and far, back into contact with Omaru.

This exemplifies the whakatauki: nau te rourou, noku te rourou kia ora ai te Iwi, In this case our engagement will bring about Mauri ora to the people and our place.


Sharing the good word

- 4000 Native delegates from the Globe
​- 2 delegates from G.I. : )

Veeshayne and Tamati attended the WIPCE conference in Toronto to share the awesome mahi Mad Ave are involved in.

Veesh represented the Urutapu kaupapa with such skill and her usual charms. The audience was captured as Veesh unleashed the Urutapu successes and vision with passion and joy.

Both Tamati and Veesh met an incredible number of 'like minds' from across the world and were honoured to receive invitations to other countries and opportunities to partner in the future.

It's just a matter of time.

New York, New York

Following on from the Toronto visit Veesh and Tamati were able to visit New York. An iconic Global destination, New York was a total blast for their senses!

New York was a great opportunity to visit some very important cultural and community animators. 

Equally, it was an incredible honour to workshop with the Theatre of the Oppressed team in the Bronx, and to sit for a while in conversation with Dr. Marta Moreno Vega from the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute based in Harlem.
Veesh and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega 
check her out on Youtube -

TOPNYC - Bronx

The New Net!

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Ka pu te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi
Put the old net aside and bring
forward the new net!

This Maori proverb speaks about the power of succession and bringing young leaders forward!

Our                youth leaders, Korihi and Peter both had the great opportunity to partner with NIWA to study the species of fish in the Omaru awa.

Omaru has many challenges, so understanding the status of life in her must be achieved in order to build pathways to supporting ecological health.


This video shows Tamaki Primary School presenting some of their work at Te Oro.

Local Tamaki schools have been committed at school to researching the issues within the environment, particularly the local waterways.

Earlier in March this year the schools gathered with Mad Ave at Omaru to share ideas of history and the current realities of the awa.

we are grateful for the Manaiakalani team for guiding the children. Go to Manaiakalani on Air for all of the great videos.

Mad Ave is so proud of our youth!

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This training program is for Men who want to create peace in their whanau and in their homes by being the change they want to see.

In true Mad Ave stylz we will combine culture and scientific research to develop our skills to becoming the Men we want to become.

We will deal with:
  • How our Behaviour happens
  • Strategies to work with emotion
  • Peer Support; creating brotherhood & tautoko
  • Health & Fitness

If you are interested contact Tamati:

Urutapu is up and away!

We had an incredible time with 10 major Maori young wahine leaders. Whaea Veeshayne enveloped the Urutapu inside a program packed full of Mana Wahine, transformative learning and FUN!

This is only the beginning.

Tihei Mauri Ora!