New Whānau Service Launched to give young families a head start

The innovative course has been designed to provide whānau with the information, knowledge, support, and tools to create the future they dream of.

Te Puna Ora o Mataatua has launched a new programme to its Whānau Ora service that helps new families set themselves up for long term success. The innovative course has been designed to provide whānau with the information, knowledge, support, and tools to create the future they dream of.

Programme coordinator Amiria Karekare says it’s exciting to be working on something positive that prevents whānau from needing higher level supports in the future. “This approach is more proactive than a lot of the reactive services that typically get funding after whānau reach hardship or crisis. It aims to strengthen whānau so they are empowered to control their own journeys and have resilience to challenges down the road. It’s about setting them up to succeed, their way”.

The programme has a particular focus on:

  • Papa Kainga Development (sustainable housing solutions for now and future generations)
    – Navigating Maori Land Court
    – Accessing Whenua Maori Fund, Kiwibank Kainga Whenua Loans, Te Puni Kokiri Whenua Maori Fund
  • Home Ownership Opportunities
    – Navigating the banks and home loan systems
    – Understanding the housing market
    – Insurance and compliance regulations
  • Maori Business Aspirations (utilising Maori land & assets)
    – Business mentoring
    – Identifying potential
    – Individualised Goal(s) Specific Plans
  • Budgeting & Finance Advice and Education
  • Education / Career / Business Pathways

Contracts manager Arapeta Taitoko says that this service is a true Whānau Ora approach and follows the founding philosophies that have made Whānau Ora a success. “What’s great about Ngā Tini Whetu is that you lead your journey and tell us what you want and need – we will walk alongside you to navigate and negotiate opportunities and resources that are specific to what you want for yourself and your whanau.”

Because of the long-term nature of the programme, it requires a high level of commitment from participants, and provides an exceptional standard of workshops, guest speakers, and expertise.

Spaces are strictly limited so whānau are encouraged to express their interest early. People can apply to the programme simply by emailing a small introduction and brief overview of their plan and/or aspirations to, or visiting the Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Offices at 92 King Street, Whakatane. For any further questions, whānau or referring services can contact the email above or call 0800 628 228.

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