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Our Whānau, Our Future

Shaping Urban Māori Futures

Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA) has been leading a movememnt for over 30 years, forging and shaping the rights of Māori in urban settings. Standing at the forefront, driven by visionaries and activists, the urban Māori cause has been fought for on the streets and contested in court rooms, all the way to the Law Lords of the UK-based Privy Council.

It's all about whānau... whānau is the way urban Māori connect and relate. In the absence of Hapū and Iwi hierarchies urban Māori have established a robust platform to connect and build positive relationships that are configured around whānau. These are based along any of the following linkages:

  • whakapapa ties

  • political beliefs

  • religious affiliations

  • social connections

  • place of work

  • street address

In the urban context they are all recognised and valued because we are whānau and whānau are us.

This unique status permits us to hold a privileged relationship with whānau. We have meaningful conversations within the homes of our whānau. Our strong and constant presence, our vigilance and advocacy for the rights of whānau and our communities means MUMA is trusted. We place whānau at the core of our business and at the forefront of our strategies.

Achieving and fulfilling our vision is our purpose and our legacy.

Dame June Temuranga Jackson

Chief Executive, 1986-2009

Dame June temuranga jackson (Ngāti Porou), former CEO, and her husband the late Bob Jackson incorporated MUMA in 1986 along with other Māori community leaders such as Brian Joyce.

In her role as MUMA CEO, June became renowned for her fierce advocacy for urban Māori and her readiness to take on Ministers of the Crown, Ministry CEO's and anyone else that stood in the way of the economic improvement of the community she represented. Dame June led the urban Māori authorities' challenge of the Māori Fisheries Settlement allocation model, attending in person to the Privy Council hearings in London.

Dame June was never shy to go to battle for the underdog and spent over 20-years dealing with hardened criminals through her work with the Parole Board and at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae. She was first appointed to the National Parole Board in 1990 and retired in 2010 as the longest standing member. Dame June received her Queen's Service Medal in 1995 and was invested as Dame at the ripe age of 70 in 2010, where she was honoured for her work with prisoners, urban Māori, and the Waitangi Fisheries Commission.


Though she retired in 2009, Whaea June remains the patron of the organisation and role model for the vision and values that we uphold for our community. 

Willie Jackson

Chief Executive, 2009-Oct 2017

Willie was appointed to the role of CEO allowing him to follow on from his mother, June Jackson, in 2009. His political and broadcasting achievements make him the ideal candidate to lead MUMA and continue the organisation's pivotal role within the urban Māori movement.

As well as MUMA CEO, Willie holds a number of leadership roles advancing the rights of urban Māori, including chair of Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori (the National Māori Radio Network) and chair of the National Urban Māori Authority. Willie was the leader of the Mana Motuhake Party - the first Māori party in Government, and deputy leader of the Alliance.

Prior to Parliament, Willie was a long time union official, sports broadcaster, Māori music label executive and urban Māori advocate. His broadcasting activities include numerous television current affairs shows, a long-standing radio current affairs show (Paakiwaha) broadcastinnationally and frequent appearances as a political commentator. Willie is seen as someone who supports Māori candidates right across the spectrum. He has been a vocal supporter of Tariana Turia, Pita Sharples, Rangi McLean, Claudette Hauiti and Winston Peters, and is viewed as one of Hone Harawira's closest supporters.