Kaitoko Whānau, meaning “Family Support”, are community-based workers.
Objectives of the Kaitoko Whānau programme are to:
- Reduce social dislocation within participating whānau (whanaungatanga);
- Increase access to and coordination of social assistance (kotahitanga);
- Improve resilience and mobility in Māori communities (rangatiratanga); and
- Improve access to quality education, employment, health services and housing opportunities’.
Our Kaitoko Whānau worker will focus on improving service delivery for families, rather than individuals, and foster positive development of the whānau whānui. It is strength-based support leading whānau towards a brighter future.
Kaitoko Whānau work alongside families experiencing hardship or other life struggles, and assist them to connect with helping agencies and community providers ensuring families’ receive all of the assistance available to them. Our Kaitoko Whānau workers don't just advocate for whānau they also liaise with community groups and services to promote and encourage a wider network of support for whānau.