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Social Services

Need support for your whānau or rangatahi? We can help.
Take a look at the social services we provide.

Te Whiriwhiringa - Whanau Ora Ki Awarua

Te Whiriwhiringa - Whānau Ora Ki Awarua

Whānau ora believes that Whānau have the ability to become self-managing and to take responsibility for their own economic, cultural, health and social development.

The whānau ora programme that Awarua Whānau Services have developed is named Te Whiriwhiringa. Te Whiriwhiringa is modeled on the weaving of a kete/flax kit which is designed to hold all of the taonga (skills and treasures) that Whānau already possess and those they will gain on their journey.

We are blessed to live in Murihiku where we are surrounded with resources and tautoko that we source and access with ease. This includes the range of services that Awarua Whānau services already provide our community. We also have knowledge of and access to many other services around Murihiku.

The kaiarahi (whānau ora navigator) will prepare and tautoko whānau while they write a plan and engage the necessary people, services and/or agencies to awhi (help) whānau during their journey. The kaiarahi will motivate, encourage, awhi and celebrate whānau. The kaiarahi will awhi whānau while they build their confidence and develop the ability to dream so they may see their positive future. Whānau will have tautoko while they learn and develop their skills on how to make healthy and positive decisions which will enable whānau to strive for their destiny, meet their potential, and step into their own self - determined future!

Te Whiriwhiringa is:

- for everyone!

- about whānau building and living THEIR dreams and aspirations!

- about whānau Tino Rangatiratanga (being self-determined/managing)

- about whānau strengths and THEIR potential!

Every whānau has strengths and we will work with whānau on what they already do well and what is important to them.

Whānau may have things to deal with first before they start to build their dream, we can also help with this.


Te Whiriwhiringa - Whānau Ora Ki Awarua staff

 Fiona Hay/Moe Parata/Allan Bennie

Tahuri Atu / About Face

Tahuri Atu/About Face is a programme for a young person between 13 and 17 years of age who has a Family Group Conference Plan in place. The programme aims to help the Rangatahi/young person to achieve the outcomes as set out in the FGC plan. This may include:

  • Return to school or access other education faculties.

  • Explore employment options or work experience.

  • Some supervision toward the completion of Reparation and Community Hours.

  • Provide assistance to monitor the FGC plan.

Learn more about our approach to youth work;



Tahuri Atu/About Face staff

Sam Thompson/Jamie Roberts/Michael Gellatly

Tahuri Atu / About Face

Supported Bail

Supported Bail is a Six week One on One Support programme for young people on bail and their family/whānau

If the young person does not meet the conditions of their bail, then the Police, Child, Youth and Family, and the Supported Bail Youth Worker will work with the young person to try and help them comply with their bail conditions. In addition to assisting the young person to comply with bail conditions and reduce their offending the outcomes for the young person and their whānau/family may also include:

  • Increased self esteem

  • Improved social skills with positive social interactions

  • Developing strengths and aspirations

  • Reinforcing positive cultural identity

  • Improved family functioning

  • Linking into employment opportunities


The successful completion of bail conditions is considered favorably by the judge when and if a sentence is required.


Supported Bail staff

Sam Thompson

Supported Bail

Whānau tautoko

  • Advocacy

  • Care and support for families

Social service support to Whānau/ families for any issues that they may be facing. Whānau Tautoko Kaimahi work alongside Whānau/ families to promote independence and positive change. 

Here is a video explaining more about what we do




Whānau tautoko staff

Rihi Bloxham

Whanau tautoko
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