How we started.
The Men and Family Centre is the activity of the South Kaipara Men’s Trust. The Trust was established in 2005 following a public meeting held in 2004 to discuss local needs and issues for young men and boys in the community. The Men and Family Centre South Kaipara is the outward activity of the South Kaipara Men’s Trust.
The Men and Family Centre, established as a place from which to provide services and run programmes for males by males, was inspired by the vision of the Lismore Men and Family Centre in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales..
Building on inherent strengths .
The Men and Family Centre staff work from a strengths based approach that seeks to build on the inherent good in each person or family. Tama Tu Whanau Ora is about Men standing so the whole community will be healthy. Our services and programmes are designed to build on and grow whats already working in a system and in so doing address the things that need to change.
The Men and Family Centre is both a community agency – providing services and programmes and a Community Development catylist. Most of our programmes and projects are collaborative and we work alongside or partner with a range of other organisations eg Helensville Women and Family Centre, Kaipara College, Helensville, Waimauku and Parakai Primary Schools, WDHB – Helensville, Te Awaroa Youth Centre, South Kaipara Youth Forum, NZ Police, Te Ha O Te Oranga O Ngati Whatua, Ngati Whatua Ngarima O Kaipara and Nga Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara, COMSUP, representatives of five local churches, Kaipara Medical Centre, WINZ Helensville, CAB, Helensville Health Trust, Lions Club, Peacemakers Trust, Performing Arts Centre of Kaipara South (PACKS), Helensville Fitness Centre, The PC Zone, Helensville Business Association, Huapai-Kumeu Rotary Club, Building Families, Strengthening Families, CYFS, RTLB syndicate, Helensville Budgeting Service, MSD, ManAlive, Essentially Men, Grace Learning Centre – Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga, Te Rito Rodney, Hestia Women’s Refuge, Kia Te Mata Ano – Waimauku Women’s refuge, HIPPY, Part Aid Kaipara.
A current example of this is the local employment of a Strategic Broker with funding from the Quality Services and Inivation fund administered by the Auckland North Community Forum established by Paula Bennet the Minister of the Ministry of Social Development. Locally the position was identified, developed, an appointment made and now governed by a group of local organisations or individuals including Kaipara College, Arohanui Grace, The Helensville District Health Trust (the fund holder), Iwi representatives, the Women and Family Centre, WDHB – Child and Family Services, MSD (secretariat), Te Ha Oranga, Hestia Women’s Refuge and members of the forum.
Come in for a visit.
The Trust’s services and programmes are now organized and delivered out of Alison McKenzie House. The
services are directed towards the needs of men, young men and their families. The Trust works collaboratively with other local and regional providers in order to offer the best possible service to the community..Our slogan Tama Tu Whanau Ora indicates that the aim of the Trust is to support men to stand tall and strong so that their relationships, families and communities may be healthy and enriching