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.


  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 financially sustainable, have robust systems and meet statutory obligations
  3. To demonstrate high levels of professionalism, integrity and collaboration at all times in the delivery of safe and effective services
  4. To provide facilities to enable local and regional support services to deliver their services in Mangawhai
  5. To be accessible to all, provide appropriate advocacy, information, and responsive support to the wider Mangawhai community and environment

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.

Occupational Therapist

Susi provides specialist occupational therapy for 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.

Office Administrator

Kia ora, I’m Kylee, one half of the Administrator team. I work behind the scenes to support our Wellbeing and Projects staff. I love being part of an organisation that contributes so positively to the needs of our community. 

Team Administrator

Kia ora, I’m Symon and my role as Team Administrator is to provide support to the Wellbeing and Social Services team. I am so grateful to be a part of an organisation that provides support and advocates for people in our community.

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