Our Purpose, To Provide a wide range of integrated services to all Maori and non Maori living within the Arowhenua rohe.

Mental Health Awareness Day 10 October

AWS Event

The theme of this year’s awareness week was Connect with Nature so with that in mind the entire staff of Arowhenua Whanau Service set up an outdoors activity. The activities where based around the five themes of wellbeing Give, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Connect. The venue caused some interesting discussion as it was held in the Temuka Town Square, apparently this location has a number of different names.

We set up a number of activity stations that provided people an opportunity to participate in both new and familiar activities. These included puti puti, skipping, hopscotch and a gentle exercise activity which was provided by Sport South Canterbury. Waiata was provided by the fabulous Ukulele Group. Participants received a card that was stamped at the completion of each activity and then received a small plant to take away and nurture as a token of participation.

The sun kindly shone on us as we wove, skipped, laughed, hula hooped, hopped and sung our way through the session. Grateful thanks to all those involved, and who gave generously of their time. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Mens Health Hui Movember


Community Representative - Arowhenua Whanau Services

Arowhenua Whanau Services

In accordance with our constitution AWS Board of Trustees are advertising for expressions of interest for a Community Representative to sit on the Governance board of AWS. Interested parties should apply in writing to the Chairperson of AWS outlining their experience in one or more of the following areas :

  • Financial expertise
  • Health Sector
  • Social and Educational services
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Wide range of business environments
  • Management and Leadership
  • Community development and procurement
  • Tikanga Maori and Te Ao Maori

We are also seeking a minute taker to document our monthly board meetings. Please send application to the Chairperson, AWS, PO Box 13, Temuka by the 15th of November 2016

Well Child / Tamariki Ora

Well Child/Tamariki Ora is a free service provided by The Ministry of Health for all New Zealand children from birth to five years. Well Child can support you to protect and improve your child’s health, so they can grow and develop to their full potential


These free wellness checks are available when you are enrolled in the Well Child/Tamariki Ora programme

This free service provides health checks, education, support and follow-up services to all pepe/tamariki from birth to five years and their whanau/families within the Aoraki region. Get in touch with us, and we will put you on the right track - "Although I am small, I am a treasure!"