Central Connect Whare Manaaki

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About Central Connect Whare Manaaki

Central Connect Whare Manaaki is a locally-operated agency and is based in Waipukurau, Central Hawke's Bay, and has been operating for over 30 years. Our dedicated team provide a range of services and support through Central Connect Whare Manaaki Social Work support and advocacy and Counselling Services, Heartland Services and CHB Foodbank.

There is no charge for our services, however any koha/donations are gratefully accepted.



Along your journey there is a path to walk, a waka to paddle, a mountain to climb, a river to cross. There are times we are faced with challenges. Some we create and some we don't, and we face the difficulties and challenges of working through these times as we reconnect. There are times when we are supportive to others and times we need support ourselves.

Our Journey Together

We will work with you to support and create resilience to empower you on your journey as you walk your path to reach your full potential of Mauri Ora (Health and well-being). This can be difficult but not impossible. This can take time and effort to achieve, and the outcome can result in some significant, positive changes for you and your whanau. We at CCWM are here to support this.

Throughout our Journey

We endeavour to honour the principles of  Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Partnership - Work with you to identify your needs and identify any wrap around services needed as you work towards your needs being met. - Mauri ora.
Protection - We value the safety, dignity, identity, and individuality of all who walk through our doors by providing a safe confidential space. - Manaakitanga.
Participation - All we need from you is a willingness to participate.

Alternative/out of Hours Services

If you would like to talk to a counsellor, phone or text “Need to Talk” 1737

Lifeline 0800 LIFELINE 0800 543 354

Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865

Healthline 0800 611 116

If this is an emergency please call 111 and ask for police, or contact Emergency Mental Health Services 0800 112 334

Social Work Support and Advocacy, And Counselling Services

We offer whanau-centred services, social work support and advocacy and counselling to Men, Women, Youth and Children.

For Parents, Grandparents or Caregivers who want support to create positive change while raising their children / grandchildren.

For parent/parents, youth and children who are working through a challenging time in their life

For Men, Women and Youth who want to manage their anger and develop better coping strategies

Co-parenting strategies for parents who have separated or divorced.

Men, Women, and Youth who are experiencing conflict with other family members, living with abuse and family harm or in a domestic violence situation.

Te Uru o Tonganui

Te Uru O Tonganui, refers the whare of Tangaroa that resides at the deepest and darkest part of the ocean. When you reach the lowest of lows and the darkest of times, there is still a sense of knowledge and understanding that is acquired from reaching these points in your life. The more pain you let go of, the easier it is for light to filter back into your life. With each strand of light that presents itself is a stepping stone to the surface where life awaits.
He kura huna, ko te whare o Tangaroa

Artist / Haoro Hond

Family Violence

It is not ok for your partner or any family member to hurt or control you. It is ok to ask for help. There are many tactics and dynamics of family violence such as Emotional abuse, Verbal abuse, Threats and intimidation, Isolation and Financial abuse. Many of these can take place with no physical contact and also through social media, phone and text messages. We know it can be difficult for people experiencing family violence and those wanting to change their behaviour to take the first step to ask for help.

Our qualified staff are here to walk alongside you on your journey to create safety and positive change for you and your whānau.

Central Connect Whare Manaaki offers whānau centred services, Social work support and advocacy and counselling services to support families and individuals whose lives are impacted by family violence. Our team work to create safety within the home and stop family violence and reduce family harm. We encourage whanau wellbeing, healthy relationships within the family and explore ways in which that can happen. We work with individuals and whānau members to create safety plans and how to have healthy relationships with in the whānau. We seek to empower our clients and the community by providing quality support services for men, women and youth. Contact us for more information.


Alternative/out of Hours Services

If you or someone else is in immediate danger please dial 111 and ask for police to assist you.

Are you concerned for your safety or the safety of others such as a family member, neighbour or friend?
Contact 24/7 web and phone help for people experiencing family violence. These digital tools include:

The Are You Ok website 0800 456 450

The Check it Out relationship tool

Women’s Refuge 0800 REFUGE 0800 733 843 womensrefuge.org.nz

Parent Help 0800 568 856


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takimano.
My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective.

Artist / Yanoosh