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Our Programmes

At Awarua Whānau Services,  we provide a diverse range of programmes tailored to meet hapori needs. Below, you will discover a brief overview of the services we offer. 

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Game on!

A unique and transformative initiative created by the Catholic Social Services in Dunedin aimed to empower father figures with the tools to actively participate in the lives of their tamariki. The programme is delivered over 6 weeks, 2 hour sessions. 

Start dates for 2023 

October 17th -  10am – 12pm

Call the office to register 

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Building awesome Whānau

Building Awesome Whānau draws on the wisdom of mātauranga Māori and the best of Toolbox to offer you and your family a kaupapa that is uniquely Aotearoa. Designed for whānau raising children aged 0–12, this course is delivered over 6 weeks. Your facilitator will draw on the wealth of wisdom and experiences present in the group, and weave that together with all that is Building Awesome Whānau.

Start dates for 2023 

October, 17th - 10am - 12pm 

Call the office to register


Te Whare Tangata

Te Whare Tangata was created out of the need to provide culturally appropriate antenatal education. It is a reclamation of traditional Māori birthing practices and birthrights delivered with a holistic approach. The programme consists of 6 weekly, 2-hour sessions. These times are flexible to cater to the needs and wants of the whānau.

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Start dates for 2023

Monday, October 30th - 11am - 1pm

Wednesday, November 1st - 5pm - 7pm 


Koia Kia Tū

"Koia kia tū" is a traditional Māori strength and balance class designed specifically for kaumātua, incorporating the principles of tai chi. In this unique program, kaumātua are provided with a culturally relevant and inclusive environment where they can enhance their physical well-being. Through the practice of tai chi, kaumātua can improve their strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance, while also promoting a sense of calmness. This class not only supports physical health but also fosters a deep connection to Te Ao Māori, creating a holistic approach to well-being for our kaumātua.

Every Thursday , 10am - 11am (Kai provided) 

190 Forth street, Awarua Whānau Services

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Taurite Tū (Bluff)

Taurite Tū is a strength and balance exercise programme specially designed for Māori aged 50+ and their whānau in Bluff. The exercises and activities will improve the strength of your legs and improve your balance, whilst having some fun as well.

Other benefits of doing Taurite Tū exercises include improved posture, body awareness, breathing exercises and stretches.

Taurite Tū is strongly guided by Te Ao Māori and encourages Te Reo Māori, Kaupapa Māori, and brings Māori exercise forms to the forefront of the practice as well as other exercises.

Fridays, 10am - 11am, except in school holidays (Kai provided) 

Bluff Rugby Club


South Sprouts (Bluff)

South Sprouts is a Kaupapa Māori playgroup/ support service for whānau with tamariki aged 0 - 3 years old. It includes: 

  • Kai

  • Music & Movement

  • Messy Play

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Educational Workshops

Tuesdays, 9:30am - 11am, except in school holidays (Kai provided) 

19 Onslow Street, Senior Citizens Building


He Taonga te Mokopuna

He Taonga te Mokopuna is a Kaupapa Māori playgroup/ support service for whānau with tamariki aged 0 - 3 years old. It includes: 

  • Kai

  • Music & Movement

  • Messy Play

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Educational Workshops

Thursdays, 11am - 12:30pm, except in school holidays (Kai provided) 

190 Forth Street, Awarua Whānau Services 


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