Te Hiringa Hauora Matauranga Social Services : Whakarongotai

By: Whakarongotai  05-Apr-2012

Te Hiringa Hauora Matauranga

Providing Social services to maori and the community through whanau support in the areas of child abuse prevention and holiday programmes.

Iwi Social Services has a primary focus on youth. The Unit Manager Rawhiti Higgott also works with the schools and colleges of the Kapiti Coast assisting our whanau and rangatahi.

Te Hiringa provides social services funded by Child, Youth and Family Services and participates in a number of local forum. Ra’s expertise in working with whanau on the coast connects him with those in need of a range of services which he is able to do through the many networking meetings and panels he attends.

There is a demand for further services locally that are accessible and appropriate to the needs of many maori whanau living locally. Other areas of care include assisting schools in catering for the needs of those maori youth deemed as ‘at risk’ and in need of specialist care and services.

Iwi Social Services

Warm greetings from the team at Te Hiringa Hauora Matauranga – Iwi Social Services.

  • CHRISTINE PERA HENDERSON: is our Whanau Support Worker, she is a descendant of Tuhoe and Ngati Awa but has resided mostly in Porirua. 3 years ago she moved to Paraparaumu with her 2 daughters. Christine has a Bachelors in Matauranga Maori and a Diploma in Te Reo Maori. Christine works with us to support the wellbeing of the whole whanau.
  • CHRISTINE KONDOV: is our Senior Social Worker, she was born in England but has lived in NZ since aged 2. Christine has resided in Paraparaumu for 14 years with her husband and 3 children. she has 24 years Social Work experience working with whanau and rangatahi particularly with whanau who are experiencing extreme behavioral difficulties. Christine has a BA major in Psychology and Education and PGDip in Community & Social Work.
  • ANGE REWETI-DAVIS: is our Youth Development Officer. She is of Ngati Toa, Te Ati Awa and Ngati Koata descent. Ange has resided in Paekakariki for the last 12 years and is the mother of 4 children and 3 mokopuna. Ange has vast experience in Youth Education and Community Development.
  • GEORGIA LEWIS: (née Halbert): is our Manager. A descendant of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Rongowhakaata and has resided in Waikanae for 38 years. Georgia has 4 children 2 Te Ati Awa boys and 2 who whakapapa to Kahungungu. Georgia has a BA double major in Politics and Sociology and a Bachelor of Laws.
  • AMANDA SWAINSON and HEMOATA LEEF: are two of our youth leaders in our Youth Group — Taiohi.

From left to right: Ange, Hemoata, Georgia, Amanda, Christine (standing), Pera, and Brin (Pera’s partner who inched his way into the photo and is not staff)


Taiohi — Youth Group

Establishing a Youth Group, this is vital in our vision for the future of our Rangatahi. Youth Group Members: Hemoata, Natalia, Nikita, Tem and Jess.

The group meet every second Friday evening from 5 until 7pm at our office. They have organized a successful “Rave” and will be hosting “Matariki — celebrating Stars in Kapiti” by having a formal ball and presenting Awards to people they have identified as Stars.

Marae Mauri Ora

We have had tremendous support and feed back for our Program — Marae Mauri Ora. Held at Whakarongotai every Thursday morning (excluding school holidays) from 10-1pm, our Powhiri process allows Rangatahi and their whanau to experience positive opportunities to engage with Kaumatu, and transfer the Tikanga and Kawa of the Marae into their own lives. This natural process has seen Rangatahi deemed by some sectors as “hard to reach” making encouraging changes and choices that have enhanced and enriched their life.

One Last Word

Our team are busy networking with as many other services providers as possible to ensure we are up to date with what is available in our community for our people. We have some new initiatives that we hope to implement in the near future that will benefit our Rangatahi and their whanau. For more information, please feel free to contact me – I’d really like to hear from you.

In the meantime … stay warm.

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