Tōku Whānau is a 12-week whānau-led and strengths based programme for parents who have experienced family harm.

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Tōku Whānau – Whānau Resilience – is designed to empower, support and resource whanau to recover, heal and stay safe from further family harm.

What does Tōku Whānau offer?

Our programme is aligned to 4 significant Pou:

  • Strengthen social and community connections
  • Strengthen identity and whakapapa
  • Create healthy relationships
  • Support trauma healing and recovery from violence


If you would like to access the programme please contact familyservices@lifewise.org.nz

Tōku Whānau also includes the following:

  • Practical Support workshops
  • Communication skills
  • Family Harm prevention
  • Safe parenting techniques
  • Identity and Culture will feature prominently
  • Wellbeing – Te Whare Tapa Whā/Fonofale models of care
  • Financial literacy, including WINZ support where applicable
  • Whānau connection to community
  • Goal setting & future planning
Mana Whānau is a six-month programme run by Lifewise to support families/whānau to stay together. We work in partnership with parents who are under stress, offering practical support. One whānau worker will provide support to you in your home and community. There may be one or two other workers helping out as needed.

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