Whaia te Whaea (Follow the Mother) is the ministry run by Fr. Hemi Hekiera and Fr. Dave Gledhill to provide pastoral care and guidance to Māori communities in support of Māori themselves inculturating the Gospel in their local area. Based in Rotorua, this work sees them travel throughout areas stretching from the East Coast, Te Urewera, the Central Plateau and the Whanganui River. Whaia te Whaea has been instrumental in connecting Young Marists with the 'Partner Communities' for the Young Marist Neighbours programme.