Raukawa Whānau Ora: 2018 Award for Provider of the Year Tangata Whenua

The 2018 ACE Aotearoa Annual Award for Provider of the Year Tangata Whenua has been awarded to Raukawa Whānau Ora.

Raukawa Whānau Ora is based in Levin and provides services throughout Horowhenua/ and Manawatu – from the south in Otaki to the north of Feilding. They also offer services in Palmerston North.

The organisation provides an extensive Hau Ora Health service. Since 2015 they have increasingly been working in consultation with whānau.

Education is at the centre of everything that Raukawa Whānau Ora does. Everyone is encouraged to take the next step up the education ladder.

Education programmes include:

  • Whakapakari Whanau (Positive Parenting) which helps to change the mind-sets of parents
  • Home Management - focusing on financial literacy, advocacy and support
  • Whanau Development
  • Rangatahi Programmes – which are school based helping young Māori onto their chosen pathway
  • Tane/Wahine Atawhai Programmes – which are usually focused on family violence – but through empowerment. Often the women go through the programmes and then move onto education support which helps them get onto their chosen learner pathways or employment. And the men get the therapeutic support they want, so they can address their own history and work through how they got to be that angry.

This empowerment and transformational approach means that no whanau is left without the support they need to get onto a positive pathway.

There is evidence that the Māori community is becoming more positive.

With this holistic approach everything is on the table. And education is part of everything they do.

Click here to see the 2018 award winners.