'He ki mai koe ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao, maku e ki atu kia koe, He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.'
Te Rōpū Mate Huka ō Aotearoa is a national consumer group working and advocating on behalf of whānau, hapū and iwi with diabetes. Te Rōpū Mate Huka was established to ensure that all diabetes related policies at a national level guarantee Māori equitable access to culturally effective and specific health and disability services of the highest quality.
Te Rōpū Mate Huka ō Aotearoa is made up of representatives from all over Aotearoa. There are approximately 48 affiliate organisations who are included in the membership body of Te Rōpū Mate Huka ō Aotearoa. The members derive their mandate from their respective iwi by a process of nomination. The members act as a collective for whānau, hapū, iwi, rūnanga, trust boards, kaumātua, kuia and health workers who have an interest both passive and active in diabetes developments and initiatives. There are no membership fees associated with the organisation as it is deemed necessary to avoid all or any barriers to access to membership. The existing membership of Te Rōpū Mate Huka is made up of Maori Diabetes Service Providers, Maori Consumers and other interested parties.
Te Rōpū Mate Huka (Maori Diabetes Trust of New Zealand) was reincorporated on the 17th August 2006. Governance is determined by an elected executive committee.