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Te Whai Community House will be closed from Friday 18th Dec - Sunday 10th Jan 2021 for a dose of self-care and whānau time but the Aroha Baskets phone line 027 220 0889 will be available over this time. Our Families Wellbeing Coordinator will not be available unless contacted for emergency by Police. Other users of the cottage may have different closing hours. Please check with Kaipara Plunket, Mangawhai Toy Library, Mangawhai Playgroups and Mangawhai Community Garden for th...

December 15, 2020

Newly appointed Families Wellbeing Coordinator

We’d like welcome Mary-Anne Boyd to Te Whai Community Trust as our Family Wellbeing Coordinator. Mary-Ann will provide a free strengths-based family/whanau service for children and families facing complex challenges.Anyone can refer or ask for wrap-around support, goal setting and action plans drawing on strengths within the family/whanau supported by community volunteers and relevant professional services such as counselling, healthcare, education, justice, budgeting and life coaching.Contact...

August 27, 2020

Seeking Family Wellbeing Co-ordinator

FAMILY WELLBEING CO-ORDINATOR  to conduct a trial to coordinate and deliver a collaborative, strengths-based family-centred service for Te Whai Community Trust in the Mangawhai area. Initially this is a fixed term contract for 12 hours per week for 12 weeks with plans for extension. Applicants should have experience working with families with complex needs and networking with a broad range of social service providers. Please send CV and application to info@tewhaicommunitytrus...

August 3, 2020

AGM 2020


July 27, 2020

New Anxiety Support Group

We have an Anxiety Support Group starting next Tuesday 28th July, 1:30 - 2:30pm and will continue every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.The group will be facilitated by a trained counsellor and aims to promote wellbeing and positive conversation around anxiety within a safe environment.If you are interested, please email for more details.This session is for adults only, please share. Ngā mihi maioha 💜...

July 24, 2020

Te Whai Community Trust has MOVED!

We have some exciting news to tell you... Mangawhai now has its own Community House! Te Whai Community Trust has moved to Rose Madsen Cottage (entrance at the Mangawhai Domain) and is collaborating with other groups currently functioning out of the house. We look forward to inviting you in for a cuppa after the old lady gets a well-needed makeover! We are adding new services and support groups all the time. Please contact us if you are interested in attending an Anxiety Support Group, this will ...

July 3, 2020

Wellbeing - Senior Support services

Back in March this year, Te Whai had planned an Elder Wellbeing Workshop that was to be hosted in Mangawhai in collaboration with Otamatea Community Services and Te Uri o Hau. Although it could have been timely had it gone ahead, there is some valuable information that we can draw from and offer to our clients. Below are some helpful links for seniors working through Level 2 wanting information and guidance. Find out the most recent information at the website: which...

May 25, 2020

Support our local markets & food growers

Saturday is our wonderful market day in Mangawhai. Our final Recipes Made Local blog today is just about supporting local. Mangawhai Community Markets (**amended to say they won't be moving to the Mangawhai School Gymnasium yet - they will be at the Mangawhai Library Hall**) and Mangawhai Tavern Markets with be awaiting your custom. If you feel you are ready to support our local foodies and craftspeople, head on down.  Don’t forget to glance into the Community Stand outside BeforeSix...

May 22, 2020

Aroha Basket Recipes

Today's Recipes Made Local can be made by all the ingredients from our Aroha Basket food parcels, and are included in every Aroha Basket. They are designed to be quick and simple to make, for those that aren't used to cooking.  If you find you are struggling with extra bills and need a little extra support this week, talk to us today.Email: or phone: 021 0247 8003 MINCE PASTA 400 TO 500 GRAMS OF MINCE1x packet of spaghetti bolognese1x can of pa...

May 21, 2020

Sweet Corn Fritter Stack

Today's Recipe Made Local features a tasty offering from Jessie's Cafe at Mangawhai Museum. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!  Sweet Corn Fritter Stacks are cheap and easy to make. The perfect recipe for an older couple who are only cooking for two or double/triple the recipe for a whole family. Great for any time of the day and quick and easy to whip up for visitors.  Ingredients1 can of creamed sweet corn3/4 c flour1tsp baking powder1 eggSalt and pepperA little oil for fryin...

May 20, 2020

Leftover Porridge Mini Muffins

Day 2 of our Recipes Made Local is one for the lunchbox. Chuck them in the freezer, it's an easy recipe from our kitchen to you! It may sound odd - but they're delicious and a bit of fun, as well as energy-boosting. Enjoy! Leftover Porridge Mini Muffin’s for the lunchbox Ingredients 1 cup of leftover cooked porridge1 cup of flour1 egg1/2 cup of desiccated coconut1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 cup sugar1/2 tsp bicarb soda1 ripe mashed banana Instructions Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease mini muffin tin...

May 19, 2020

Recipes Made Local

As part of our Recipes Made Local week, our friend Natalie from Our Mangawhai Garden has donated TWO ingredients packs for families to make her delicious MINESTRONE SOUP! Our Mangawhai Garden create organic and spray-free produce boxes that make your life easier and allow you to eat healthy daily.Two locals will be drawn at 2pm this Thursday 21st May, head to our Facebook page for details. Shop local and try Natalie's recipe!MINESTRONE SOUP1 onion1 clove of garlicOil to saute1 tin toma...

May 17, 2020

It’s Frugal Friday!

Firstly, I want to mention that if you wouldn’t normally ask, and you’re having a tough time right now, please know that you don’t have to be in dire need to access our Aroha Basket food parcels. If you find that you just need a little extra support this week, give us a call on 021 0247 8003. Te Whai Community Trust supports all residents in Mangawhai. We are on the lookout for fresh fruit, so if anyone has any extra falling from their trees, please give us a call or send a message on our ...

May 15, 2020

Legal Aid

Whenever finances are involved, there’s often a need for legal advice. Today I’ve pulled together some contacts from our database that you can call and receive free legal aid. Lawyers can be expensive, but sometimes you need more expert advice, so please contact us if you would like a list of local lawyers on our database. Women’s Centre Rodney provides a Legal Clinic. Free legal aid clinics are available the third Friday of each month from 9.30-10.30am. Run by 3 women lawyers and one...

May 14, 2020

Energy Savers

With so much information out there, you can be trawling for weeks, here are a few thoughts and links to what you can do to save while staying healthy and warm. Research - check that you are doing all you can to conserve power. Try these sites to see how much you can save. EnergyMate 10 tips for saving power at home Consumer PowerSwitch  Electricity Authority  COVID-19 Advice for Consumers If you have issues with your electricity, gas or water contact Utilities Disputes&n...

May 12, 2020

Small Business Support

Available from today: Immediate support to small businesses and organisations through Small Business Cashflow Loans  Inland Revenue will administer the payments and repayments of the Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme (SBCS) which has been introduced to support businesses and organisations struggling because of loss of actual or predicted revenue as a result of COVID-19. Please check out this link for further information or see an advisor. Local advisors and useful sitesBusiness Men...

May 12, 2020

A Focus on Finance

Many of us are feeling uncertain about what our life and work look like in the future. Te Whai is committed to providing opportunities for all people to make positive changes to develop their full potential. Over the next few weeks, we will be sourcing and sharing links to some valuable tips and tricks to help save money, time and create good habits including home cooking and mental wellbeing.  This week, we look at finances. Below are some links including a 30 min episode of My Money What ...

May 11, 2020

Koha for our Community

Kia ora Mangawhai community, we've had some people asking if they could give a koha to help with our Aroha Baskets and community projects. I have now added account details to our website for anyone wanting to contribute. Thank you for thinking of us, stay safe 💜DONATIONS ARE WELCOME 12-3094-0005876-00 Ngā mihi aroha 💜...

May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Community Response Group (CRG)

Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai is collaborating with Civil Defence and St Johns who have established a Community Response Group that will be available to provide comprehensive and co-ordinated local assistance for anyone who needs it.  The group will be collating a registry of isolated locals and services available that will include:  ·      Caring Caller assistance  ·      Information regarding Covid-19 , lockdown and “isolation bubbles” ·&...

March 30, 2020

Sage Call Service

Dear Mangawhai Community, at this time, our office is now closed for visitors. But our Te Whai Sage Volunteers are able to provide a free call service if you or someone you know are feeling isolated. We can also refer you to more help if needed. Just reach out 🌈💜 Mauri ora 💜🌈Ph: 021 024 78003 Email:

March 23, 2020

Become a Te Whai Sage Volunteer

Join our fabulous Te Whai Sage volunteers and become part of a community based organisation that utilises your individual skill set and abilities.  We'll give you all the necessary training, support and opportunities. Whether you can volunteer for an hour a week, or a couple of days. Whether you can provide a caring call to our community that might be feeling isolated or help to deliver an Aroha Basket (food basket) for those in need. You might like to bake a cake or join our team on a fest...

March 20, 2020



March 12, 2020


***UPDATE*** Ata mārie koutou katoa. We know our lovely community will be doing all we can to ensure we keep our kaumatua and kuia (elders) safe. In light of all that is happening, Te Whai, OCS and Te Uri o Hau will be postponing the Elder Wellness Workshop to a later date.Our thoughts are with those that may need a little extra support over the next few months. Let's gather our local resources and find gratitude in what we have.Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi - With your basket a...

February 10, 2020


Check out this awesome live music event coming up on Waitangi Weekend Sat 8th Feb at the Mangawhai Tavern! Motown, Soul, Funk and Disco band TAIAPA ROAD will make you 'get up off that thang' all night long. Proceeds to support local community work through Te Whai Community Trust. See you there!

January 23, 2020


Sculpture in the Garden runs through the weekend of 15-16th February 2020 from 9am - 5pm. Entry $5, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $10. Live music, an art space for kids and yummy food on offer! Come and enjoy this favourite annual event and see what our local artists have been creating to support Te Whai Community Trust and Mangawhai Artists Incorporated....

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