Whanonga Pono | About us

Whanonga Pono

About us

Te Hou Ora Whānau Services (THO) is a Kaupapa Māori service provider that has walked alongside ngā hapori o Ōtepoti since 1976. We provide support across a range of services designed to meet the needs of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau. By building resilience, enhancing early learning for tamariki, building parenting skills, educating rangatahi, and reducing offending, THO's ultimate aim is to facilitate positive outcomes for whānau.

As an organisation we seek to empower tamariki, rangatahi and whānau to reverse cycles of hardship and create positive opportunities for themselves within the context of their cultural identity through the application of reo me ngā tikanga Māori.

Read our Strategic Direction here

Read our annual report


Our Stories


A brief explanation of what the Tūrangawaewae programme hopes to instil in whānau.

Diving for kaimoana

A short trip up the coast, safely pushing Rangatahi out of their comfort zone introducing them to new experiences and getting them in touch with Te...

Rangatahi Ora Ski Camp - Wānaka

A run down of Amatanga Clubs (7-11yrs) Ski camp experience, creating lasting memories, inspiration and hope. Meeting Olympic gold medalists, learni...

Tūrangawaewae hīkoi to Aparima

The tūrangawaewae whānau hīkoi to Southland embracing all they have learnt on their journey so far.

Rangatahi Ora Camp Ōtautahi Video

Rangatahi Ora Camp Ōtautahi Video

Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora | Deep Cove Camp

Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora | Deep Cove Camp, 10x Rangatahi hīkoi to Fiordland National Park.

Hei Oranga Whānau

Our mission is to deliver whānau wellbeing. We are committed to an all-encompassing and holistic definition of well-being for tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau.


Whakamana Ngā Pā Harakeke

Our purpose is to empower whānau. In our Pā Harakeke, each whānau represents a harakeke plant: tamariki are at the centre as rito, supported by whānau as awhi rito at each side and our services provide mana-enhancing wrap-around support.


Our Values | Te Manawa o te Hauora

Aroha: We act and work with aroha, always. Manaakitanga is a key demonstration of aroha, ensuring services are delivered with generosity and empathy. Acting with aroha ensures we respond to the needs of all people, recognising the diversity of communities in Ōtepoti.

Pono: We believe in sincere communication, honesty and transparency in all practices.

Tika: We advocate for the fair treatment of whānau and appropriate methods of communication and service delivery.

Mana Motuhake: Our strengths-based approach empowers whānau to shape service delivery and decision-making. We are committed to nurturing the autonomy and mana of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau. 



Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Hou Ora recognises Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the foundational document of Aotearoa. We strive to embody its principles in our practice, management and governance every day. THO believes in a united Aotearoa where all people are treated equally and the devastating cycles of intergenerational trauma are broken. This can only be achieved in a society that honours Te Tiriti and actively practices it's principles:

Tino Rangatiratanga | Self-Determination
Pātuitanga | Partnership
Mana Taurite | Equity
Whakamarumarutia | Active Protection
Kōwhiringa | Options