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.
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.
So come in to our whare for a cuppa and explore your future options with us.
Karere ō te wā | Latest news
Seeking volunteers: 155 Whare KaiLocation 3 Woods Road, Whangārei Hours Morning shift: 9am to 12pm Monday to Thursday Afternoon shift: 12.30pm to 2.30pm Monday to Thursday Are you friendly, able to get along with others and work asRead more
Seeking volunteers: 155 Open ArmsLocation 155 Open Arms Hub, Cnr Robert St and Walton St, Whangārei Hours 8.30am to 1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Know your way around a kitchen? We're seeking friendly volunteers toRead more
Seeking volunteers: 155 Whakaora KaiLocation 1 Woods Road, Whangārei Hours 12.30pm to 3pm Monday to Friday Whakaora Kai is the only organisation of its kind in Taitokerau, collecting surplus food from growers and retailers and givingRead more
Liz talks Budget 2023I’m not at all surprised at what’s been flagged for Taitokerau in Budget 2023. The absence of targeted assistance for social housing, especially youth housing, and homelessness is disappointingRead more
Free Evening Legal ClinicsWe're excited to be co-hosting regular free evening legal clinics in partnership with Ngāti Hine Health Trust. Anyone is welcome to come along to have your legal questions answered or if you areRead more
Second place for 155 at Waka Ama corporate challengeThe team kicked off 2023 with a silver medal win at the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals at Lake Karaprio in January. It was a last minute decision to participate in the Waka Ama Corporate Challenge, withRead more
Couch in central Whangārei puts spotlight on homelessnessMonday 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
Introducing 155 Whare Kai, A Social Supermarket For WhangāreiThe social supermarket is a partnership between 155 Whare Āwhina and Foodstuffs North Island. Social supermarkets enable people who are experiencing food insecurity to choose what they need forRead more
Whangārei’s first social supermarket set to openAs part of its commitment to be Here for NZ and a promise to provide New Zealanders with access to healthy affordable food and supporting communities to thrive, Foodstuffs North Island – the 100% NRead more
Join us at the 6th Annual Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit | 30-31 AugustLiz is an aspirational leader who is inspired by and constantly learning from those who walk through our doors here at 155. Visitors are always welcomed with open arms and Liz says it is whānauRead more
Meet our whānau: Carol PetersCarol 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
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."