Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services is a registered subsidiary of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi.  Originally established to provide Mātua Whāngai services, it was set up independently as an Iwi Social Service in 1996 and a year later was registered as a limited liability company.  In 2006 it became a subsidiary of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi.

Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services was established to be a key service provider to Ngāpuhi, by Ngāpuhi.  The service has a number of strategic relationships with other social services providers and key government agencies that enables it to provide comprehensive advice.  Access to Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services is free and confidential.  Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services is an accredited service provider by the Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS).

Structure and Services

Ngāpuhi Social Services operations is divided into four practice teams:

  • Whānau
  • Family Violence Service
  • Taitamariki
  • Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
Whānau Team

The Whānau team helps to bring out the best whānau can be through exploring possibilities to create positive opportunities.  Its services include:

  • General social work support
  • Intensive social work support for whānau experiencing multiple pressures
  • Respite Care
  • Mātua Whāngai
  • Return-to-school services
  • Care for tamariki in state care
  • Parenting programmes
Family Violence Service

Family violence intervention services, including:

  • Information and advice
  • Family violence related education and initiatives
  • Counselling for whānau affected by family violence
  • Counselling for whānau affected by sexual abuse
Youth Services
  • Programmes for young offenders
  • Mentoring services for Taitamariki whose offending is at risk of escalating (CYFS)
  • Marae-based programmes to build confidence and leadership within Taitamariki
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
  • Our goal is to enhance life outcomes for Taitamariki
  • Our approach is to work alongside of Taitamariki and their whānau in order to meet their care and support responsibilities towards their Taitamariki
  • To support whānau to build relationships within schools and their communities
  • Provide social work services for Taitamariki and their whānau within 20 low decile schools and their communities between Whangarei and Hokianga




12 Marino Place, Kaikohe

Ph: (09) 401 5548



The postal address is:

PO Box 263, Kaikohe 0440