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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 are community advocates, lawyers and social workers here to help you and your whānau. We provide free legal advice through our 155 Community Law centres in Whangārei and Kaikohe, can help with whānau support, WINZ, housing, and are here to support anyone who is homeless with shelter at our 155 Open Arms day centre. 

Our social supermarket, 155 Whare Kai, provides food support with dignity, and our friendly team at 155 Open Arms serves free meals twice a day, 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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Support us this Christmas

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Monday 10 October was World Homeless Day so we placed a couch outside 155 Open Arms to raise awareness of the taitamariki across Taitokerau facing homelessness. Read the full story in the NorthernRead more

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Meet our whānau: Carol Peters

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Every year:


Requests for legal support are received


Tonnes of unwanted food is diverted from landfill


Housing needs assessments are completed


Visits are welcomed at 155 Open Arms


Food parcels are distributed

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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