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Te Waipuna Puawai

Social Service, Abuse and Violence Support, Kaupapa Māori

Today

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Description

Te Waipuna Puawai is committed to working with and alongside women, children and families who are in need. We aim to improve the lives of families by providing family support services and adult education.

We build supportive relationships with whānau by connecting them with others in the local community and developing a pathway to achieve and celebrate their goals.

Mercy Oasis Ltd is a thriving community development initiative of the Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. We were established in 1999, building on a decade of highly respected community development work in Glen Innes.

Our Vision

Whakamana te oranga wairua o te tangata me te whenua

Wellbeing for our communities and restoration of the earth.

Our Mission

Kia u ki te mahi kotahi whakarawea te mana wahine, te mana whānau me te mana iwi whanui

Working together to strengthen women, strengthen families and strengthen the community.

Te Waipuna Puawai weaves together three important strands to create our approach:

Papatuanuku - a strong commitment to fostering earth awareness and responding to the call to heal the environment.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi - our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and to working in ways that work for Māori whānau and communities.
Tikanga Atawhai – the practice of Mercy values. 

 Services and programmes:

  • Counselling support to assist local whānau to have their needs met and reach their goals.
  • Community Education Courses, including Gardening, Creative Cooking, Wahine Hauora, Aua Hoki, Reiki and Te Reo Māori.
  • Environment Services project twin streams, educating local schools in Rānui and surrounding suburbs around restoration of the local reserves/parks and streams, maintenance and being kaitiaki's in these areas. Pa Harakeke Gardens, for local weavers to educate the community around the different types of harakeke, how to harvest appropriately and the art of raranga. 
  • Young Wahine Mentorship Programme developed around a previous model from earlier years, this programme is in the developing stages of supporting young wahine navigate through their lives around what supports they need through the renowned Māori well being model Te Whare Tapa Wha. This looks into assisting around further education pathways, employment pathways, basic foundation skills such as reading and writing, counselling, maara kai, budgeting, cooking and much more...

Our approach is community-based, accessible, and whānau-centred. We adopt a wraparound, holistic, stepping-stone approach with quality service and a hospitable and peaceful learning environment.

Staff

Bill Takerei Manukura/Chief Executive Officer
Mara Kōpū
Kaiawhina Whaiaro me Te Awhina Hapori/Personal Assistant/Community Liaison
Ani Wood Kaitiaki Mahi Kohikohinga/Operations Administrator
Sanjay Theodore Kairuruku Nga Mahi Pakihi/Business Opportunities Coordinator
Josie Ruawhare Kairuruku Kaupapa/Programme Coordinator
Richard Kirby Kairuruku Taiao/Environment Coordinator
Roi Boyd Kaitautoko Whakahaere/Administration Support
Isoa Kavakimotu Kairuruku Papaho Papori me te Whakawhitiwhiti kōrero/Social Media and Communications
Lyn Norton Kaiwhakatakoto Whakaaro/Counsellor

Programme Facilitators/Nga Kaihautu Kaupapa
Tamati Patuwai - Wheiao Reo Wananga
Caroline Ripley - Wahine Hauora
Maria Shearer - Creative Cooking
Sophie Strickland - Aua Hoki

Volunteers/Mahi Tuao
Sister Marie Brown
Karen Nathan

Ages

Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

How do I access this service?

Walk in

Referral

Make an appointment

Contact us

You can access us through other community providers. We are also present at various community events throughout the year. There is a contact form on our website and/or Facebook

Anyone can access

Fees and Charges Categorisation

Free

Hours

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (29 Mar), Easter Sunday (31 Mar), Easter Monday (1 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), King's Birthday (3 Jun), Matariki (28 Jun), Labour Day (28 Oct), Auckland Anniversary (27 Jan).

Languages Spoken

English, Māori, Cook Islands Māori

Services Provided

Abuse and violence support

Counselling, Education programmes, Family violence intervention, Information and support, Referral to specialist services, Supervised contact, Support groups

  • Counselling
  • Education programmes
  • Family violence intervention
  • Information and support
  • Referral to specialist services
  • Supervised contact
  • Support groups
Education and training

Courses A range of courses are available at our Ellerslie Office and through collaborative services within the Tamaki Community. These courses will change every school term and it is best to check our website for the current courses available. Young Wahine Mentorship This course is based out in Glendene, West Auckland. Environment Based out in Ranui, Swanson. Please contact our Ellerslie Office for more information: Ph (09) 521 2098 Email: programmecoord@twp.org.nz

  • Life skills
  • Skills courses

Courses

A range of courses are available at our Ellerslie Office and through collaborative services within the Tamaki Community. These courses will change every school term and it is best to check our website for the current courses available.  

Young Wahine Mentorship

This course is based out in Glendene, West Auckland. 

Environment

Based out in Rānui, Swanson.

Please contact our Ellerslie Office for more information: 

Ph (09) 521 2098

Email: programmecoord@twp.org.nz

Budgeting and help with debt
Pregnancy and parenting

Parenting education, Parent wellbeing, Whānau support, Young mums

  • Parenting education
  • Parent wellbeing
  • Whānau support
  • Young mums
Kaupapa Māori
Pacific People
Counselling
Information & support

A wide range of community connections that can help assist in supporting the needs of you and your whanau.

A wide range of community connections that can help assist in supporting the needs of you and your whānau.

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair access

Additional Details

Face to face / Kanohi ki te Kanohi, Phone, LGBTQIA+ friendly, Speak with women / wahine, Child / Tamariki friendly

Parking

Parking onsite.

Region

Central Auckland

Website

Contact Details

5a Waddell Avenue, Glen Innes

Central Auckland

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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12A Umere Crescent, Ellerslie

Central Auckland

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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This page was last updated at 2:31PM on September 19, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Te Waipuna Puawai.