Whānau as First Navigators is an iwi-led early support and prevention programme that focuses on strengthening whānau.
It aims to support whānau wellbeing, through and with social service providers, so that tamariki and whānau can lead their own aspirations.
Whānau as First Navigators is an iwi-led response to early support and prevention and will interact with whānau in the following ways:
No, the Whānau as First Navigators programme will reach a diverse range of people across New Zealand.
We have partnered with nine accredited Ngāi Tahu and kaupapa Māori health and social service providers across the takiwā. Find out more here.
No, Whānau as First Navigators is not a social services provider. There are social service providers that already do great mahi with whānau across the country. Whānau as First Navigators supports selected Ngāi Tahu and Kaupapa Māori providers in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.
We recognise the importance of Ngāi Tahu and Kaupapa Māori social service providers in the communities whānau live in and want to support the impact they make.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is committed to its vision of ensuring whānau wellbeing, ‘Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā, muri ake nei – For us and our children after us.’
Whānau as First Navigators is a new programme and the first of its kind in New Zealand. For now, we are focused on working with selected Ngāi Tahu and Kaupapa Māori providers who have social services accreditation from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). We hope to expand in the future, so please follow our progress on our social media.
Having ‘accreditation’ means that providers are approved to deliver social services to whānau.
Whānau as First Navigators works with providers that are at Level Three and above. This means they can deliver services under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989; they have met a stronger set of quality standards; and they are monitored by an independent government unit called Te Kahui Kahu, under the Ministry of Social Development (MSD): Welcome to Te Kāhui Kāhu.
Both concepts have similar beliefs and work to help improve whānau wellbeing, but there are key differences.
Whānau as First Navigators is a Ngāi Tahu designed, developed, led, and delivered programme. It aims to reduce the number of tamariki Ngāi Tahu and tamariki Māori in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā interacting with or escalating into the Oranga Tamariki system. It is focused on prevention, community and workforce development, and strengthening whānau before situations are at crisis.
Whānau Ora is a nationwide service that is government commissioning agency led, driven, and funded. It is delivered by three non-government commissioning agencies and focuses on crisis intervention through to more specific whānau goals such as vocational training, immunisations, driver licensing, smoking cessation etc.
It depends on where you live and your personal situation. If needed, the Whānau as First Navigators team can support whānau to access these services.
No, the programme does not provide funding.
We appreciate your desire to support whānau through this programme. We hope that some of our content is helpful for you, and we will update our webpage regularly. At this stage, we are focused on working with selected Ngāi Tahu and Kaupapa Māori providers. We hope to expand in the future so please follow our progress.
We appreciate your desire to support whānau through this programme. Whānau as First Navigators is not a social services provider, it is a prevention programme of work.
The name ‘Whānau as First Navigators’ is inspired by the story of Rākaihautū who steered the waka Uruao from Te Patu nui o Aio to Aotearoa.
It represents the strength, skill and determination passed down to whānau through their whakapapa, to successfully navigate their wellbeing journeys.