The Te Pā ecology of care has key focus areas that include reintegration/resettlement from deportation, whānau resilience/manawaroa, mental health/hauora hinengaro, emotional health/hauora kare ā-roto, addictions/ngā piringa wara, and whānau whai ora responses.
The Te Pā team support whānau to lead their own change; to be positive and successful for a better future.
Te Pā is committed to social innovation as a way of supporting whānau-led economic growth and entrepreneurship. Our social purpose is driven by Te Pā’ vision and mission, and aims to maximise benefits for the broader community. This is achieved by measurable, social and environmental change as a result of ‘disruptive innovation’. Central to our social innovation planning is the aim of creating opportunities and pathways that contribute to a fair, safe and just community. We have a chance to make a difference and we cannot squander that by perpetuating intergenerational disadvantage.
Our Oranga team works with our whānau to manage and minimise harm caused by addictions, substance use and abuse. We provide clinical, professional and cultural approaches to wellness for tangata who require support and care with health needs. Our clinicians are experienced in working with adult clients and at-risk youth who have been in, or are currently in, the justice system. We create a space that encourages healing and wellness. Our intention is to break down access to healthcare barriers and work with tangata to achieve oranga ora.
Our wider Te Pā services have a clear health and wellness strategy that supports all clients to enrol in a primary healthcare clinic to receive care through GP services. We also connect clients with any other relevant services and clinics that are identified during our assessment process, to achieve oranga ora.
Long-term sustainable housing is a challenge for many. This service provides people who have already been released and are living in the community, and tangata deported from overseas, with access to emergency accommodation, supported accommodation and transition to sustainable, long-term accommodation.
We have a range of housing options from single studios, one-bedroom apartments and shared two-bedroom apartments, to whānau homes with live-in Kai Āwhina (support) staff for up to nine residents across wider metropolitan Auckland, extending through to Whangarei and Kaikohe in the far north.
‘Te Ohomai Rangatahi – Awakening the
Potential of Rangatahi’
It is our responsibility to be the kaitiaki/caretakers of our future leaders. We have developed a dedicated space for our rangatahi called Te Ohomai Rangatahi.
Our way of working is:
Ohomai – bringing rangatahi and their whānau into our Te Pā whānau.
Ohoake – journeying with our rangatahi to inspire, aspire and realise potential.
Ohoatu – puāwaitanga, the blossoming. Our rangatahi are ready to be the kaihautū of their own waka. Proud, knowing, and naming their world. Connected and grounded.
‘He mana te mātauranga – knowledge is powerful’
Te Pā provides a wrap around navigational service to educational pathways through a range of providers, who contribute to positive transformational changes for our tangata by helping them to achieve their aspirations and goals.
The aim of this service is to deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to working with people who have recently been released and/or are due for release, people deported back from overseas and youth in the justice system. The service supports clients either directly, or by referring them to appropriate services, to achieve sustainable employment by preparing them for work, to overcome barriers and to access appropriate support and services.
COMMUNITY CONNECTOR SERVICE
The Community Connector Service was originally established to support tangata and whānau who’d had to self-isolate under the COVID-19 traffic light system. The service was later expanded to ensure that tangata and whānau who have had COVID-19 are able to access the available support and services. Te Pā community connectors provide 24/7 support.
Learn more about the service and how to apply, here.
KIA PUĀWAI TE KĀKANO
Whānau Resilience programme
Kia Puāwai Te Kākano (The Blossoming of a Seed) is a 12-month programme that was developed through the learnings gained during the design phase of a two-year project with a mission of eliminating whānau harm for the next generation.
The programme is embedded with indigenous mātauranga, Maramataka and Hua Parakore values, and focuses on the hearts and minds of tamariki between the ages of 5-12 years old. Based at Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae where the kaupapa of a culturally safe environment for all whānau aligns perfectly with the Te Pā vision and mission, tamariki are guided to realise their fullest potential – to believe in themselves becoming strong confident leaders of the future, and to heal from the inside out.
Whānau & Hapori
family and community
CHILD TRAVEL FUND
When a loved one is imprisoned, it puts extra stress and costs on whānau. There is often little-to-no support and many struggle to visit loved ones as often as they would like. Te Pā provides a travel subsidy to help encourage the strong whānau relationships that are such an important part of a person’s reintegration when they return to the community.
Learn more about the Child Travel Fund and make an application here.
Te Pā is also the National Administrator of the Child Travel Fund on behalf of the Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Societies throughout New Zealand and the Salvation Army Reintegration Service.
Whānau Kōrero about the Child Travel Fund
“Thank you so much for this programme. It has helped me and my little girl in making sure that we have enough to travel to see her dad. An awesome way to help families with children to see their fathers incarcerated”.
“Also thank you so much Shayal for always being prompt and helping even if it’s a question already asked. Thank you, all Te Pā, for your great work and giving us families, especially our children opportunities to continue to see their other parent in this difficult financial time”.
“Thank you so much. I was very fortunate to hear about this service from a family friend and would like to thank you very much as my dad will be able to meet his granddaughter for the first time which we were extremely excited about :)”.