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


​Crisis intervention counseling for adults is facilitated by our Counsellor Merle Purdue. Sessions are for 10 weeks – I hour sessions. Merle specializes in crisis counselling in relation to domestic violence.

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Supported Bail

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

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 whanau/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.

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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.

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Te Whiriwhiringa - Whanau Ora Ki Awarua

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

The whanau ora programme that Awarua Whanau 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 Whanau 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 Whanau services already provide our community. We also have knowledge of and access to many other services around Murihiku.

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

Te Whiriwhiringa is:

- for everyone!

- about whanau building and living THEIR dreams and aspirations!

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

- about whanau strengths and THEIR potential!

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

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

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Te Whiriwhiringa - Whanau Ora Ki Awarua staff:

Whanau tautoko

  • Budgeting advice
  • Advocacy
  • Care and support for families

Social service support to Whanau/ families including care and support, budgeting advice and Advocacy, Whanau Tautoko Kaimahi work alongside Whanau/ families to promote independence and positive change.

Youth Services:

  • A quality service to ensure positive intervention objectives for Rangatahi and their whanau
  • Rangatahi/whanau plans highlighting strengths
  • Ongoing development of group and individual programmes to produce positive outcomes

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