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Here for you. Here for Taitokerau

Nau mai ki te Whare Āwhina o 155.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi ō te motu. Tēnei te mihi aroha ki ā koutou katoa.

We are a Kaupapa Māori provider of wraparound support services for whānau in Taitokerau. 

You can find us at our hubs across Whangārei and in Kaikohe - so come in for a cuppa and explore your future options.

Kia Ora

155 Whare Āwhina is a place where you and your whānau are valued, respected and accepted for who you are. 

We're community change makers, lawyers and social workers here to help you and your whānau.

We run the busy social supermarket 155 Whare Kai. Through our 155 Community Law centres in Whangārei and Kaikohe we provide free legal advice and education.

While down at 155 Open Arms our Awhi Whānau team can assist with housing navigation, WINZ, and develop a wellbeing plan for you. Here you can also rest, use our shower facilities and enjoy breakfast and lunch six days a week.

Kia Ora | 155 Whare Awhina |  Help for your whanau in Northland

So come in to our whare for a cuppa and explore your future options with us.

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Every year:


Requests for legal support are received


Tonnes of unwanted food is distributed via 155 Whakaora Kai


Housing needs assessments are completed


Visits are welcomed at 155 Open Arms


shopping slots are available at 155 Whare Kai

If there's a gap, 155 will fill it

"155 is a place where people can come in and have a cup of tea and a chat. No problem is too tough, hard, too big or too small. There’s always a listening ear and a keenness to see people well and safe. There’s courageousness too. If there’s a gap, 155 will fill it."

- Shirlyanne Brown, 155 Community Development Project Manager

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