Our Vision

Te toka tūmoana 
Despite the crashing waves the rock stands tall

Just as the Stingray breeds and nurtures its young within the safe harbour of Mangawhai, this is also the vision of the Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai. The Trust will provide safe harbour for all who seek help and advice.

The Whakatauiki (proverb) above encompasses the concept of taha wairua (the interconnection of all living things) which brings us hope.

Nau mai haere mai ki tēnei mahi āwhina mo ngā tangata o Mangawhai.

Tēnā koutou katoa. Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai is a charitable trust that has been operating since 2015 to bring social services that are lacking into the Mangawhai area and to provide support groups and education programmes on issues as required.

Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai will provide a centre to act as the first point of contact directing  people with specific needs to the services they require.


  • To identify the needs of the community and collaborate in the delivery of safe and effective services
  • To provide a facility to allow local and regional support services to deliver their services in Mangawhai
  • To provide appropriate advocacy, educational programmes, information, and responsive support to the wider Mangawhai community and environment
  • To promote and advocate values of non-violence and equity in all relationships
  • To provide opportunities for all people to make positive changes to develop their full potential

Our mahi is concentrated in the Mangawhai area to benefit the local community. Our focus is on those who are vulnerable, isolated and have needs that are not presently being met by the limited social services available. Recently there has been a huge population growth in the Mangawhai area and the Kaipara District Council anticipates that around 50% of future growth in the Kaipara District will continue to be in Mangawhai. However, social services have not kept pace with this growth and there is a lack of support for our more vulnerable citizens.

Meet the team

Board Members

Sue Poynter (Co Chairperson, Secretary), Donna Flavell (Co-Chairperson), Edward Sundstrum, Jeannie Walker, Lyn Johnston, Michelle Jago and Helen Price (Treasurer)

Te Whai Sages

Our Te Whai Sages are trained volunteers that are dedicated to support the needs of the community. They have a wealth of experience and skills between them, and we feel very fortunate to work with them.

Projects Manager

Kia ora, ko Kiri Eriwata ahau, ko Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa ngā iwi. My role is to help bring service providers into the area, as well as create new initiatives and opportunities for Te Whai Community Trust to assist within the Mangawhai community.

Social Services Manager

Mary-Anne provides free strengths-based family/whanau service for children and families facing complex challenges.

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