Tautoko means to prop up, to support and to advocate for. It involves the active promotion of support for tangata whaiora (clients/service users) and whanau (family). It implies loyalty and supportive availability.

The clinician implements Tuatoko by an enthusiasm to assist, or to be ready to serve in a professional capacity. The concept finds extension in the clinician's responsibility to act as a 'broker' for the client through referral for additional appropriate services should this be considered necessary, thus establishing a network of professional support systems for the client.

In essence Tautoko is a sincere pre-emptive readiness to render, contract and extend professional services and an attitude of 'looking out' for the client.