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Youth Horizons

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Ka Awatea

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health


North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Auckland, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi

Referral Process

Who is our service for?
Ka Awatea is a voluntary service for young people aged 15 to 21 with complex needs who have been in the care of Oranga Tamariki and who are transitioning to adulthood.


Ka Awatea, meaning ‘The Dawning of a New Era’, provides support to young people as they transition from state care to adulthood.

Each young person is allocated a Kai Atawhai (Personal Advisor) who can work with the young person over several years and model positive social behaviour and empower the young person to make their own informed decisions about employment, training, accommodation and developing positive social peer groups. Ideally planning starts with the Kai Atawhai engaging the young person from the age of 15. When the young person turns 17 prior to discharge from the care of Oranga Tamariki, a planning meeting is held to determine what happens next. Following this meeting Ka Awatea may become the lead agency in supporting the young person to live more independently and safely in the community through to the age of 21.

This service operates in Auckland.