South Taranaki Whanau Centre

Providing a safe and supportive friendly environment for the empowerment of Families and Whanau

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South Taranaki Whanau Centre

We have been operating in South Taranaki since 2001. We started of offering a couple of programmes like parenting and self esteem courses to our community. Over the years we have grown and development more programmes and services that our community needs. 

We cover Family Violence support, Kaitauoko/counselling support, Social worker support, along with all the programme listed below. 

In 2019 we started trading under the South Taranaki Whanau Centre as we work and support the whole Whanau. 

Our volunteer members are Sally Mattock, Shelley Coates and Lorna Mattock. 

 We are located at 56 Disraeli Street in Hawera. 

Centre hours are: 

Monday 9am- 2.30pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 4.30pm

Closed Fridays

Phone 06 278 3260 or 0272399831

Email: [email protected]

You can find us on Facebook: stwchawera

 Free services and courses we offer at the Centre

Free Kaitautoko/Counselling Support

Covers Family Harm, Positive Relationships, Couple or Individual Counselling, A&D, Mental Health and Covid 19.

By appointment only.

Free Grandparents / Whanau Caring for Children

This is a 6 week programme covering a variety of issues to help you with the ongoing care of raising your grand-children. Is raising your grand-children what you wanted or a situation that has been forced on you? Do you receive the help, support and resources that you require to raise the child/children?

Free Raising Complex kids

This is a 4 week programme offering tools and strategies for raising complex kids focusing on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms, treatments, and tackling common misconceptions.

Free Positive Relationship Programme

This is a 4 week Programme covering.

Week 1: Relationship and developing a positive one.

Week 2: What does a positive relationship look like compared to an unhealthy one?

Week 3: Knowing who you are and believing in yourself and having confidence in the decisions you make.

Week 4: Financial security and learning to work out your budget.

Free Parenting Programmes

We have two different courses available:

 Young Parents 

This is a 6 week programme. Covers newborns to 1 year of age. A wide range of topics are covered.


Surviving Parenting

 Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Caregivers for anyone that cares for children. Covers from 1 upwards.

This is a 8 week programme which covers:: What makes a good parent? What messages did we receive from our parents?, Effects of Family Violence on our children, Nutritional needs: Ages and stages, Keeping our children safe, Your Rights as a parent, Discipline without hitting, Parents united in Parenting, 

We can get Taranaki Community Law in to talk around court terms like day to day care and guardianship and other family court terms.

This programme is Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki approved and is designed around Family Violence and the effects it has on our children.

A certificate is issued once course has been completed.

Free Teen Self Confidence

This is a 3 week programme for Teens to learn how to say NO to peer pressures. This programme is for both girls and boys.

Programme Covers:

What is self esteem - My strengths and goals

How to deal with peer pressure/Social media?

Dealing with Bulling and so much more

This programme is an Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki approved.

Free Women's Self Confidence

This is a 4 week programme is for Women looking to boost their Self Confidence to reach their goals and dreams.

Programme Covers: What is Self-Confidence - Our Strengths and goals, Practice Self Nurturing, Combating Self Consciousness, Assertiveness.

This programme is an Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki approved.

Free Managing my Anxiety programme for Adults and Teens

This is a 4 week programme. We have a separate programme for Adults and Teens that are coping with anxiety. The programme covers how we see our anxiety and gives us tools on different ways of managing day to day events and situations. Please give us a call for dates and times for this programme. 

Free Social Worker Support is available at the centre

Post Natal Support Group

Runs the 3rd Monday of each month, from 10am - 11.30am.

Everyone welcome

Clients feedback about our services 

Teen Self Confidence:

"We talked about bullying and we got taught not to bully"

"I learnt some good strategies, if your friend is encouraging you to do something that you should not do"

"I learnt tips about what to do if you are being bullied"

Women Self Confidence:

"Thankyou Justine for the time you have put into this and for making us feel safe and comfortable"

"What I say is valuable and I can say No"

"I have learned how to have empathy and compassion towards others"

"When I started I thought I did not need this course, that my self esteem was good but I found I needed a little bit more of a push"

"I really enjoyed meeting other ladies and getting out of the house"

"The recourses have been great and helpful"

Positive Relationships:

"Thoroughly enjoyed this course, very informative and insightful, an improvement within myself"

"More confidence in defining positive points versus negative points"

Surviving Parenting:

"Course was interesting and helpful"

"I have achieved what I wanted from the programme"

Rooms for Hire:

We have small meeting rooms available and a large meeting room that can be used during the day or at night and over the weekends. Rooms are available to groups or anyone that is needing a place to run a workshop or meeting. We have casual or permanent spaces at very reasonable rates. 

Please give us a call to enquire ask to speak to Nicky or Moana. 

The room cost covers, power, internet, consumables like tea, coffee etc. We have a TV and DVD available to be used in the meeting room.  

The meeting rooms can hold up to 15 people and the smaller offices can be anything from 3 people to 6 depending on which office you are requiring. 

Pictures of our rooms for hire: