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Kaimahi Kura
Whai Oranga

Waka Ama is a traditional Maori canoeing activity that has gained popularity in New Zealand and beyond as a means of promoting physical fitness, teamwork, and cultural connection. A Waka Ama programme for young children involves taking them on waka (canoe) journeys to help promote their well-being.

The programme involves tamariki and rangatahi being taken out on a waka by experienced paddlers. Participants are guided through the basics of paddling and steering, while also introducing them to the cultural significance of waka ama and cultural traditions.

As the participants become more comfortable with the waka and their paddling skills improve, they are encouraged to take on more challenging journeys. This involves longer trips on water or more challenging tasks and actions.

Throughout the programme, the emphasis would be on promoting physical fitness, teamwork, and well-being. Paddling a waka requires a high level of physical exertion, which can help to promote cardiovascular health and strength. At the same time, the need for teamwork and communication can help to promote social skills and a sense of community.

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Whanau Ora Support is provided by staff to Tangata Whaiora and Whanau whose lives are affected by mental health and/or addictions.


Our Whanau Ora Workers have the skills and experience to assist Whanau to navigate their way to:

  •  access services

  •  inform, enable and empower whanau

  •  access information to assist whanau with employment   or training

  •  gaining/regaining day to day relationships with whanau

  • develop new skills and capabilities needed to reach   their goals

To access this service referrals can be made through the DHB.

Youth Basketball Team

Our goal is to work towards empowering the taitamariki of today so that they can be the leaders of tomorrow.

As a part of our youth services, we provide access to assistance in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development

Our Youth Coaches work with three target groups:


  • Youth Payment, for young people aged 16 or 17 who can’t live with their parents or guardians

  • Young Parent Payment, for young people aged 16-19 who are the main caregiver for a child, and

  • The NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) service, for 16 - 17-year-olds who are either not in education, training or employment, or are at risk of dropping out.


Our focus is supporting our taitamariki into education, training and work-based learning- but we do much more. Our youth coaches provide intensive, tailored support to identify their goals and find the best path to reach them.

Each youth coach works with around 20 taitamariki. This gives them the time to get to know the taitamriki and their whānau; to understand their unique qualities, strengths and goals, and to tailor realistic plans that move them towards independence.

Youth coaches support their taitamariki in the ways they most need it- whether that means giving practical help with housing issues, prepare for job interviews or connecting our taitamariki with their local support group. Group work and fun activities, workshops and trips complement one-on-one mentoring.


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Taumata Whānau is a program that focuses on the primary healthcare of individuals and whānau (families) who have mental health and wellbeing needs in New Zealand. This program aims to provide accessible and culturally appropriate care, support, and resources for those who need it the most. Taumata Whānau is committed to a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that takes into account the individual's mental, physical, and spiritual needs. The program provides services such as counseling, advocacy, and community engagement to help individuals and families address their mental health concerns. The goal of Taumata Whānau is to improve the quality of life for those experiencing mental health challenges and to support their recovery journey. The program recognizes the importance of culturally appropriate care and works closely with Māori health providers to ensure that the services provided are tailored to the cultural needs of the individual and their whānau.

Taumata Whanau
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