From Humble Beginnings

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

Kahungunu Whānau Services was established in the early 1970’s. The service was ā direct response to children living on the streets of Wellington. Initially, the service wasn’t funded and like many innovations goodwill and generosity facilitated the first steps.

Many have carried the kaupapa of Kahungunu Whānau Services forward. However, Topsy Ratihi and Huia Timu championed the foundation philosophies of the organization.

Although some aspects have changed many things for the organisation are the same. For example, families are an enduring, central focus and children are embedded within the organisations heart. Also, Whānau Ora (healthy, wealthy, thriving families) continues to provide the framework for our practice and the way we develop services.

Whānau Ora advocates support for the whole whānau (family). Whānau Ora promotes the idea that with the right support whānau are able to care for themselves without external intervention from services. Whānau caring for whānau.

Our Tohu

Ma te manaaki ka whaihua

Cultivating whānau potential.

Originally designed by Tom Bishop, our logo shows the essence of our service. Our main logo: at the center are our children, our next generation and our future whānau, hapu and iwi. Embracing the children are their support network – whānau. Empowered whānau are able to raise strong, resilient children, so, finally, the outer layer of the logo wraps whānau in the support they need.