“Working together to achieve the overall well-being of our whānau.”


As a child centered, whānau focused service, our mission is to reduce the impact of the system on tamariki and their whānau and increase whānau capability so tamariki remain in their care.

We provide connection and direct support for whānau to access information and services within the community.

Te Pūkāea and what it means for us

The Pūkāea or long trumpet was used to call gatherings of hapū and Iwi together for important discussions, hui and preparation for battle.

We are using the analogy of calling together the community for the purpose of collaboration and working together to achieve the overall well-being of our whānau.

Water is the essence of life and together Te Pūkāea o Te Waiora symbolises the life-giving waters that can be achieved through collective and unified action.

About this Service

Te Pūkāea o Te Waiora is an Iwi Alliance contract led by Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngāti Awa. Our Whānau Navigators work across the Eastern Bay of Plenty and cover the following iwi and hapu, although our services are available for all ages and ethnicities:

  • Ngāti Awa
  • Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau
  • Te Whakatōhea
  • Ngāitai
  • Te Whānau ā Apanui

Our Whānau Navigators help whānau co-ordinate services and support by:

  • Providing connections and direct support to people so they can access information and services in the community.
  • Identifying and engaging with key stakeholders.
  • Expanding the availability of connection/navigation services in the community.
  • Strengthening integration between community and government agencies.

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