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

FLAVA is back in town




Ka Toi Māori o Aoraki was an initiative that derived from the now historical Maori Youth Suicide Prevention strategy, Kia Piki Te Ora o Te Taitamariki. 

Ka Toi Māori o Aoraki is open to all early childhood, primary, secondary schools and tertiary education within the Arowhenua rohe (bordered by the Southern Alps and between the Waitaki & Rakaia rivers). 

We are expecting another well supported event with schools and early childhood centres from the Aoraki region, between the Waitaki and the Rakaia rivers, will take  part in Kapahaka, performing, arts, and contributed to visual arts.

The event will begin at 8.30am! an early start to a fun packed day. 

Hope to see you there!

Tools for a happier life


We are fortunate at  Arowhenua Whanau Services to have a Mental Health Team of two Registered Nurses and a Support Worker to assist our community in dealing with a variety of mental issues affecting our people today.

Mostly we deal with Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Addiction issues, however  we also offer stress /anxiety management which we are seeing higher levels of in the rural sector presently.

There is no limit to the number of sessions and discharge would be when you no longer require the service, you move to another service, you chose to stop the contact.

Our Service is FREE, confidential and available to anyone in the South Canterbury, of any ethnicity, over the age of 12 years.

If this sounds like you or one of your loved ones please contact us on 03 615 5180. We are here to help.



Keeping you and your whānau well

TOL Web Sliders 960x275 export 0004 Enhancing Whanau Health

As we welcome Winter along with the season comes the risk of becoming unwell, due mainly to the amount of colds and flu that are circulating.

To ensure our community stay healthy and well, AWS services offer free Primary Health Care. This includes:

Health Assessments

Health assessments are completed at the time of 1st consultation, followed up by a comprehensive consultation within 2 weeks of the 1st consultation. A care plan is then designed to prioritise your health needs.

Home health visits 

Our nurses can visit you in your home for convenience.

We also have a range of other services from quiting smoking to free flu and HPV vaccinations. Check  out our website for more information http://www.aws.health.nz/services/62-primary-health-care

Local Celebrations Matariki 2016

te ana Te Ana Maori Rock Art  are holding a Maori puppet making workshop.Truly majical way to teach our Tamariki the importance of Matariki.

A puppet making workshop at Timaru Library. Limited spaces are offered over the first two Sundays of June (4th and 11th of June) both workshops go for one hour from 10am to 11am. Children of any age are welcome to attend at only $6.00 (cash)  per child.

Contact Te Ana on 03684 9141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.