Ngāti Kahungunu ki Pōneke Community Services, known as, Kahungunu Whānau Services (KWS), provides a comprehensive range of services that support Whānau to build skills, knowledge and capability. Established in the early 1970s, KWS has over 45 years experience providing a tangata whenua response to ending homelessness and remains a key provider of health, social and community-led services for Whānau across Wellington.
Our services are strongly underpinned by a Te Ao Māori world view. This provides a significant point of difference in the way we operate and is the platform through which we view all actions. Our approach is based on Whānau Ora, a philosophy, an outcome and a model of practice for achieving Whānau wellbeing. It is strength-based, placing Whānau at the centre, focusing on self-determination, self management and self sufficiency. Our service delivery model is strongly reinforced by Mason Durie’s, Te Whare Tapa Wha model, which emphasises four dimensions of wellbeing for Māori, Taha Wairua, Taha Hinengaro, Taha Tinana and Taha Whānau.