Wellbeing and Social Services

Our core clinical team is Anne Casey, registered Social Worker, Susi King, Families Care Coordinator and Carol Syron, Wellbeing Coordinator.

Services include free strengths-based family/whānau service for children, young people and families facing complex challenges, pilot youth programmes, specialist support for children with developmental delay, empowerment support group for women, Te Awatea a resilience and wellbeing ten-week course, support group for mothers with children, courses and support for parents of teens, parenting courses for primary years and for infant years.

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, justice, budgeting, life coaching.

Contact the Wellbeing Team via email  wellbeing@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz
or use our online referral form 

Willow-Jean Prime visits Te Whai

Carol, Susi, Willow-Jean, Kiri

Willow-Jean Prime visits Te Whai - Carol, Susi, Willow-Jean, Kiri
food parcels Mangawhai
Aroha Baskets


Aroha Baskets can be requested by anyone in the Mangawhai community that is in need of a food parcel. Individuals can refer themselves or others, as well as local service providers. Aroha baskets must be requested before Wednesday midday for collection between 10-12pm on Fridays. 

Please call or text us on 09 431 3459 or 027 220 0889

We are able to provide support and manaaki individuals, whānau and communities who have recently lost someone to suicide. If you are seeking support please get in touch at info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz or 09 431 3459 

Free Counselling Mangawhai


Confidential non-judgemental counselling is offered in a safe environment with a trained professional. Either face-to-face in our private clinic setting by external providers and private counsellors from the Mangawhai area. Use our online request/referral form to request or discuss options with our Wellbeing team. 

Driver Training


Our Learner License programmes provide a fun, interactive way to learn the road code and prepare for the exam, using games and quizzes and the rode code books in collaboration with the Northland Road Safety Trust, and ACC. The Mentor Driving programme follows and offers practical lessons with community volunteers. Contact info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz for more information.

Grandparents parenting support Mangawhai
Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren


We convene a monthly support group providing a safe place for grandparents to meet and share their experiences and advice. This is a link for wraparound support when needed, and an opportunity for some education on pertinent subjects such as cyber safety, building resilience, sleep hygiene, and dealing with trauma. These amazing families step up to provide a stable home for children who are often traumatised and would otherwise be in foster care.

Parent to Parent SUPPORT GROUP Mangawhai
Parent to Parent


Parent to Parent Support Group for parents and whānau of disabled, neurodivergent and health-impaired family members. This group meets from 9.30 - 11.30am on the first Friday of the month.

Please drop in on the day or for more information please contact Susi via email susi@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz

Our Te Reo Māori classes have expanded to meet a growing community demand. We now have 4 classes at a variety of levels running weekly. There is a small charge for these classes to cover the cost of our tutors.

Te Whai Sages Senior & Whānau Support is a free in-home volunteer-based service that can provide companionship, advocacy and support for our seniors and families with young children in the Mangawhai area, particularly those who aren't independently mobile, and experiencing social isolation and loneliness. Clients can enjoy conversation, outings, games, a break to catch up on sleep, shopping, meal prep, and companionship.

Wellbeing Programmes


Te Awatea is designed for people wanting to start afresh with knowledge and tools for feeling ok, exploring feelings, understanding anxiety, depression and how our brains work when we’re stressed, ways to reduce stress, connect with others, healthy relationships, self compassion and hope, managing conflict and setting boundaries, gratitude and finding joy. This 10-week course incorporates models for change, Te Whare Tapa Wha, resilience models and creativity. Use our online request/referral form and put wellbeing support and Te Awatea.

Requesting support

We know it can be hard for people to ask for help but if you feel you need to reach out please do connect with us via phone, message or email. Bookings are essential and you can fill out our Referral Form to access any of our services.

Heartland Services (Heartlands) were established in 2001 by MSD to support the delivery of government and non-government services in rural and isolated communities across Aotearoa. Heartlands aims to improve access to services for communities and provides an outreach service in areas where services might otherwise not be accessible. We are very excited to be bringing Heartlands to Mangawhai and the opportunity for our community to engage with services locally. 

We are in the process of establishing local clinics for a number of government and non-government services for the Mangawhai Community. We are excited that this will build upon our own offering of programmes and clinical services. 

Please use the contact information below to learn more about the service or to make an appointment. 

Citizens Advice Bureau - DROP IN LEGAL CLINIC
Citizens Advice Bureau


Citizens Advice Bureau's Wellsford volunteers will be at Te Whai Community House every first and third Tuesday of the month from 10am – 12pm. 

CAB's trained volunteers can provide free, confidential, independent information and advice. Be sure to pop in during the clinic hours to receive free advice and support on any legal issues that may be puzzling you.

Employment Advocacy - BY APPOINTMENT
Employment Advocacy


Employment Advocacy provides experienced, dependable and affordable employment advocate services across Aotearoa New Zealand. If you are experiencing a work problem, please reach out and we can refer you for an an appointment here at Te Whai.

Please contact 09 431 3459 or email info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz

Ember Employment is a leading Employment Service that supports those with mental health or addiction concerns to find and retain work. Ember Employment can help you with employment planning, resume writing, interview skills and much more. Their dedicated teams of mobile Employment Consultants cover from Orewa to Kaitaia. To find out more you can contact Janey on 0212 164 310 or janey.housego@ember.org.nz

This service is in collaboration with Warkworth Wellsford Budget Service. The clinic offers free, confidential budgeting advice from trained budget advisers. We can assist you with any personal financial problem or query. Your adviser will help you create a plan to get out of debt, save money and start building a future for you and your family.
Please contact 09 431 3459 or email info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz to be referred to WWBS. 

Inland Revenue Clinic - BY APPOINTMENT
Inland Revenue Clinic


IRD Tax Clinics are held on the first Thursday of the month and can provide help with child support, Working for Families Tax Credit,  support for people who are new to business or being self employed, debt,  filing returns and assistance navigating myIR. If you would like to book an appointment please email or call our friendly staff on 09 431 3459 or info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz

Kaiārahi - Family Court Navigators - BY APPOINTMENT
Kaiārahi - Family Court Navigators


Kaiārahi – Family Court Navigators aim to improve family justice outcomes for parents, whānau and tamariki by empowering families to make informed decisions on appropriate justice pathways and how to access them. They’ll also provide information about how to engage with the court for legal matters or how to access out-of-court services.
To book an appointment please contact 09 431 3459 or info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz

Te Aka Matua


Te Puna Hauora's Te Aka Matua is a Kaupapa Maori service based on traditional Māori systems of psychotherapy and wellness mythology.

Te Aka Matua promotes wellness to tangata suffering from low to moderate distress and anxiety, depression and trauma. The service provides support to the most vulnerable in our community.

Referrals can be made through our Te Whai team by contacting 027 220 0889, 09 431 3459 or  info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz

Work and Income - BY APPOINTMENT
Work and Income


Ministry of Social Development / Work and Income will be available at Te Whai Community House by appointment only on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. These appointments will enable our community to seek advice and support as well as how to access and navigate Work & Income products and services.
You will need to secure your appointment before the previous Wednesday, so please book now at info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz or 027 220 0889, 09 431 3459.

Other services running from Te Whai Community House

Whānau Āwhina Plunket Clinic - First and third Wednesday of the month 

Mangawhai Playgroups - Tuesdays 9am - 12pm (no playgroups during school holidays)

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