About Us

Our Vision & Mission

Vision: Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai will seek to strengthen and support the wellbeing of the Mangawhai community

Mission: Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai will provide or facilitate a range of services responding to the needs of the community.

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 Whakatauki (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. Our aim is to improve strength, resilience and safety, to provide opportunities for social connection, and to reduce barriers for access to support and participation.

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.


1. To identify the needs within the community and provide equitable and inclusive opportunities for all people to make positive changes and develop to their full potential.
2. To be accessible to all, provide appropriate advocacy, information, and responsive support to the wider Mangawhai community and environment.
3. To provide facilities to enable local and regional support services to deliver their services in Mangawhai.
4. To demonstrate high levels of professionalism, integrity and collaboration at all times in the delivery of safe and effective services
5. To be financially sustainable, have robust systems and meet statutory obligations

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

Edward Sundstrum, Sue Poynter (Chairperson, Secretary), David McLeish, Lyn Johnston 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.

General 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 worker

Anne is a registered social worker and valued member of the Te Whai team. Anne promotes a strengths-based, collaborative approach to support selected clients with complex social needs and provides supervision and training for staff.

Families Care Coordinator

Susi provides specialist occupational therapy and support for families of children with complex physical, cognitive, social and mental health needs, as well as developing services in youth wellness. Susi is passionate about supporting children to reach their individual potential, develop skills for life and nurturing resilience.

Wellbeing Coordinator

Carol supports adults, young people and whānau facing complex challenges to build skills for resilience and living life with ease.

Systems and Marketing Coordinator

Kia ora, I’m Kylee, my role is to support the Te Whai team to streamline processes, policies and procedures. I also assist with marketing, content creation and design work. I love working in a team where we are able to have a positive impact to our local community. 

Social Services & Wellbeing Administrator

Kia ora, I'm Ester. My role is to provide support to the Wellbeing and Social Services team, coordinate our Sages visiting services, and facilitate Mangawhai Playgroups on a Tuesday morning. I enjoy being part of the team and connecting with the Mangawhai community.

Heartlands Administrator

Kia ora, I'm Diane, one half of the Heartlands Administration team. I love working as part of the caring team at Te Whai - we are focused on assisting members of our community who face a wide range of challenges. Sometimes it is the little things that can be a huge help.

Heartlands Administrator

Kia ora, I'm Yanna, one half of the Heartlands Administration team. I enjoy working for Te Whai as it’s all about teamwork and I am fortunate enough I work with a sensational group of women whom are all putting in extensive effort to help the community we call home.


Kia ora, Ko Siobhan Henderson ahau, my role as Kaimahi Rangatahi is to support the development and empowerment of rangatahi in various areas of their lives. I am excited to design and facilitate rangatahi-focused services, and work alongside rangatahi through a strengths-based approach to make meaningful change and realise their full potential.

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