Helping whānau

Rangitane o Wairarapa Inc has provided iwi social services for over two decades now and currently has a dedicated team of social workers helping whānau in a number of ways. The team also has direct access to kaumātua and other runanga staff who often assist whānau.

Our services include whānau support, social workers in schools (Lakeview and the Kura), working with youth, youth mentoring, assisting whānau in CYFs care, family group conferences, and parenting programmes

All of our services are free and confidential and available to anyone. We are based out of our Kōkiri Place offices here in Masterton and we support whānau throughout the Wairarapa from Ngawi to Eketahuna.

“We work with whanau to create positive change and achieve solutions”

We provide a face-to-face service in the comfort of your own home. We work alongside whanau to develop goals towards positive change. We are a kaupapa-Maori based team who value a holistic approach consistent with iwi principles: kaupapa Maori and Rangitanetanga. Our aim is to help whānau through whatever crisis they may be experiencing.

MIS students doing waka ama at Henley Lake

MIS students doing waka ama at Henley Lake as part of the youth leadership programme

Working with others

We work closely with Ministry of Social Development, Child Youth and Family, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri to develop programmes and services that are best suited to our whānau.

We also have strong relationships to other providers and agencies that also work with whānau. We are part of the Violence Free Network, strongly connected to the Wairarapa Maori Wardens, we are members of Te Kura a Rangi Trust Board (The Spot – Youth Centre), and we are members of the Suicide Postvention Group and have good links to schools and colleges throughout the Wairarapa.