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Awarua Whanau Services

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    Awarua Whanau Services delivers Kaupapa Maori services that provide for whanau wellbeing by servicing their social, health and educational needs.  We work with whanau to achieve a positive and healthy change - Hapai ake to whanau ki nga taumata oranga.  

    As a charitable trust and a non-government organisation (NGO) we offer services to the community that are accessible to clients from all social and cultural groups within Murihiku, however we are primarily funded to work with Maori. Our target groups are from conception to Kuia and Kaumatua (elderly), and we offer a range of social, health and early childhood education services. The geographical area we cover encompasses all of Southland.

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    • Pfizer vaccine (12+ years)
    • Anyone currently eligible can access
    • No appointment required
    • Drive through
    • Walk in

    Newfield Tavern car park, Invercargill - entrance off Regent Street (look for the flag)

    Please refer to COVID-19 testing hours for vaccination schedule as they are the smae hours.

    Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility visit Ministry of Health - COVID-19 vaccines

    The majority of routine vaccinations can now be administered before, after, or at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccinations. The exception to this is the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine where a 7-day gap before or after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 is advised. If you have any questions, please discuss with your health provider.


    Community COVID-19 / Coronavirus Testing Centre

    Covid Swabbing available Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm

    Newfield Tavern car park, Invercargill - entrance off Regent Street

    Kaupapa Māori
    Rongoā Māori | Māori healing
    Whānau Ora

    Te Whiriwhiringa - Whanau Ora Ki Awarua - a Whanau Ora programme to motivate, encourage and awhi whanau to take responsibility for their own economic, cultural, health and social development and make healthy and positive decisions towards a bright future. 

    Social Services

    Social Services we provide include:

    • Counselling - crisis intervention counselling for adults, specialising in crisis counselling in relation to domestic violence.
    • Supported Bail - a one-on-one programme for young people who are not meeting the conditions of their bail to try and comply with bail conditions and reduce their offending. 
    • Tahuri Atu / About Face - a programme that aims to help rangatahi 13-17 years who have a Family Group Conference plan in place, to achieve the outcomes as set out in the FGC plan.
    • Whanau Tautoko - promotes independence and positive change for whanau / families by providing care and support, budgeting advice and advocacy.
    Health Services and Health Clinics / Te Kakano

    Health Services we provide include:

    • Mauri Ora - a team of health professionals offer support, education, advice and care in all areas of health.
    • Mother and Pepi - an educational programme providing skills and practical support to help you and your whanau prepare for the new arrival. 
    • Tamariki Ora / Well Child - a screening, surveillance, education and support service offered to all NZ tamariki and their whanau from birth to 5 years.
    • Waewae-MiriMiri clinic - provides foot care and massage for kaumatua/kuia aged 60 years and over. Offered in the Bluff area only.


    Te Kakano / Health Clinics

    Our health clinics are held in Gore, Bluff and Mataura and provide a range of services including:

    • Rangatahi checks
    • Cervical smears
    • Sexual health checks and contraception advice
    • Pregnancy testing
    • Weight monitoring
    • Blood sugar and blood pressure checks
    • Heart, diabetes and breathing checks to identify your risk of illness
    • Access to a podiatrist
    • Access to a dietitian
    • Helping you to develop a health plan to meet your goals
    • Helping you know who and what is available to meet your health needs

    For information on our Te Kakano click here

    Educational Services

    We can help you give your child's learning the right start or help you keep your rangatahi attending school.

    Kaupapa Māori
    Covid-19 testing

    Drive Through Community Testing Centre based at the Newfield Tavern, Invercargill - entrance off Regent Street (look for the flag).

    Open 11am - 5pm Tues - Sat

    This site offers free face masks when people are collecting RATs (subject to availability).


    Services are provided free of charge