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Te Whāngai Trust

Social Service, Kaupapa Māori


7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


Te Whāngai Trust is a Charitable Trust providing work, life skills training and multi-agency advocacy (assisting with Courts, Corrections, Work and Income, CYPFS, health and other support services) to develop pathways into education and employment.  We focus on developing those in our community that need a hand-up, not a hand-out.

The Trust assists people that find themselves at a disadvantage through current circumstances to upskill themselves and assess their skills and transition back into community life and future employment. 

We provide live, hands on work platforms which are native plant nurseries and an agri business that allow participants to discover their skill sets and share basic life and work experiences while training in the community and achieving NZQA qualifications.  The end goal is to obtain meaningful employment within the community, developing connections and wellbeing. Te Whāngai platforms are co-designed with community partners to fit unique multisector needs of the community in which they operate.

The simulated community business/ life skills platforms are based on Kaupapa Māori. Participants focus on therapeutic self-management programmes for goal setting, internal motivation gaining confidence to problem solve and accomplish new behaviour. We seek actions and solutions that work best for and with our excluded and disadvantaged within the values and practices of Whāngai.

The platforms actively involve the people and communities with a common vision, ensuring our disenfranchised people create opportunities for growth while contributing their skills to benefit the community that supports them. Multisector community strengths are harnessed to achieve previously unachievable whānau centric outcomes creating social, environmental, economic and cultural positive outcomes for all participating sectors.

The united vision is to support whānau and communities to eradicate poverty in a way that simultaneously reduces inequality and exclusion while protecting the environment on which we all depend. We nurture the people for them to create a legacy for future generations.

Our aim is to work with families to create opportunities for themselves, our children and youth that build resilience and independence, transitioning into future pathways and transferable skill sets.

16-65 year olds are able to participate in our programme, and we encourage volunteers and retirees of all ages to come and share their life experiences with our participants - please contact us to register your interest.

We welcome participants from Thames, Hauraki Plains, North Waikato, Meremere, Pōkeno, Tuakau, Franklin, Miranda, Pukekohe, Papakura, Waiuku, Kaiaua, Te Kauwhata and the Auckland region.


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

How do I access this service?


This service is accessed through schools, community groups, WINZ, Department of Corrections, Police, youth groups, Grey power and local health providers.

Contact us on 092327725

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We have no set charges; where possible we act on referrals from government and community  agencies.


7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Mon – Fri7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Languages Spoken

English, Māori

Services Provided

Employment support

We help you to discover your skill sets through work experience, trialling every aspect of a business and gaining an understanding of the expectations of employers and the work environment.…



We assist with any issues that might be creating barriers to employment and family wellbeing. This includes support with interacting with organisations such as the Department of Corrections, Courts, Police,…


Cultural support

  • Asian services
  • Kaupapa Māori
  • Pacific Island people

We assist people to investigate their whakapapa.

All activities and training are Kaupapa Māori based. We honour diverse cultures and share understanding of customs.

Education and training

  • Life skills
  • Skills courses

We provide basic work and life skills including numeracy, literacy and NZQA qualifications to level three.

Diverse skill sets are developed including leadership and business management.

Legal / civil services

  • JP service

We provide Justice of the Peace (JP) services and guidance with court procedures and documentation. 

Social work

We are a Community Work Agency for Department of Corrections to allow people to complete their Court imposed hours while learning new skills and benefitting the community.  We encourage participants…


Financial literacy and budgeting

We have trained budget advisors and qualified educators who can provide both group and individual support. They can assist with developing individual and family financial capability to assist future wellbeing…



A major focus of the work platforms is environmental. This links our people to their cultural roots and provides native plants and planting services to the communities that support us…


Drug and alcohol training and testing

As part of the whāngai support we offer drug and alcohol support with two of our staff who are qualified drug testers to assist with monitoring individual progress.

Abuse and violence support

  • Conflict resolution mediation
  • Counselling
  • Information and support
  • Referral to specialist services
  • Support groups

Te Whāngai focuses on the cause and effect of abuse and violence. Building self-esteem and creating independence and place making is a key component.

We support participants as they work…


Basic needs

  • Drop-in centre

Collaborate with other agencies to meet the needs of participants.


  • Parent wellbeing
  • Whānau support
  • Dads

Te Whāngai programmes are based on positive self-management education. Coached model positive parenting throughout the programme establishing rules, boundaries and acceptable behaviour. 

Supporting financial independence

Managing a budget on a daily basis and identifying potential risk. Working with whole of whānau to create behavioural change.

Kaupapa Māori

Wheelchair Access



South Auckland, Waikato


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This page was last updated at 10:19AM on May 11, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Te Whangai Trust.