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 provide 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 food bank provides free food parcels twice a week, 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.

Karere ō te wā | Latest news

Kaikohe Hub Volunteer

Location Kaikohe Hub, 119 Broadway, Kaikohe, 0405 Hours 10am to 2pm on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Are you friendly and able to get along with others and work as part of a team asRead more

Meet our whānau: Carol Peters

Carol is our Community Development Coordinator whose ties to 155 run deep; she is 155's former  coordinator who has been involved with 155 since its infancy.  Her desire to contribute toRead more

Meet our team: Lyn Hadrup

What is your role with 155? I am the Team Leader at 155 Open Arms and oversee the running of the day centre, ensuring each of our services are supported well in supporting our whānau. Can youRead more

Volunteer for us | 155 Open Arms kitchen and dining support

Are you an open-hearted person with an ability to put people at ease? We're looking for volunteers who hold no judgements to join our team at 155 Open Arms. You'll work closely with Cooks at 155Read more

Volunteer for us | Food Bank Support

We're looking for friendly volunteers who are able to get along with others to join our passionate team at 155 Whare Āwhina. Our busy 155 Food Bank operates from 155 Open Arms, 102 Robert St,Read more

COVID-19 Omicron response: How we're operating

We're reducing contact as much as possible during the current RED Alert Level.  Here's what you need to know:   155 Open Arms is offering takeaway meals at 11am each day. 155 Food Bank is openRead more

Community project gives voice to Whangārei’s hidden homeless

Whangārei community health leader Ngaire Rae is steering the 155 Whare Awhina-led project, which is calling on 16 to 24-year-olds across the district to participate in an anonymous survey. “WhenRead more

Covid-19: 155 Food Bank stock running low

We are experiencing exceptionally high demand for our food parcels during heightened Covid-19 alert levels and, as a result, our 155 Food Bank stock levels are running low. Our 155 Food Bank and 155Read more

Do you know your legal rights during Covid-19 response?

Community Law has answered the most frequently asked questions relating to NZ government's COVID-19 law changes.  Select the area of Law you need to know about below: Employment Income supportRead more

Can you help us furnish our transitional whare?

Work is underway turning a house not far from our whare on Kamo Road into a much-needed transitional home. This home will provide accommodation and support for individuals or whānau in WhanāgreiRead more

Te Hiku TV: Local Māmā Officially Launch Businesses

Our Māmā Moving Mountains programme helped these wahine turn their ideas into fully functioning businesses - and they were able to share their mahi with the wider community at their very ownRead more

In the news: Whangārei's homeless population grows from 21 to 293 from 2018 to 2020

Our CEO Liz Cassidy-Nelson talks to RNZ reporter Sam Olley on homelessness in Whangārei. ...Liz Cassidy-Nelson (Ngāti Kahu o Torongare, Ngāti Hine, Te Kapotai, Te Māhurehure) heads Whangārei'sRead more

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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