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

Te Runanga o Waihao Inc


If  you have the time why not visit our friends in Waimate / Waihao

The takiwa of Te Runanga o Waihao centres on Wainono, sharing interests with Te Runanga o Arowhenua to Waitaki, and extends inland to Omarama and the Main Divide

The name Waihao refers to an important food resource obtained from the river that has its beginnings in the upland country behind the hills, Te Tari Te Kaumira.  The hao eel, the lifestage of the short-fin eel was, and still is, a delicacy to families who gathermahinga kai from the Wainono Lagoon and the Waihao River (the kete of local maori).

The river convolutes its way over the Waimate landscape before emptying into the sea near Morven. There are no longer any commercial license holders on the river or lake and the supply of eels is once again plentiful.  Waihao also refers to the historic meeting place of Rakaihautu with his son Rokohouia.

Ko te hao te kai a te aitaka a Te Ao Tapu iti – The hao is the delicacy of Te Ao Tapu iti.

Te Ao tapu iti was partner to Te Rokohouia (or sometimes called Te Rakihouia - Te Rokohouia was son to Rakaihautu.)

Maori of the Waihao Rohe whakapapa to Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu. To these people Waihao is their turangawaewae; their home. Waitaha, itself a collection of ancient tribes, trace their lineage to the Uruao waka.  Kati Mamoe who migrated from the North Island in the sixteenth century and Kai Tahu who came to Te Waipounamu in the seventeenth century whakapapa to Araiteuru and Takitimu waka.

It is through the marae that a sense of continuity with the past is achieved.

Welcome 2016!!

With a new year comes a move to new priemises for Arowhenua Whanau Services! we haven't moved far - just next door in fact. 94 King Street Temuka.

We shifted into our new modern  premises on the 19th of January and have been open since the 20th of January. With more space and a warm and welcoming environmnet, you will love our new offices as much as we do.

Nothing has changed in regards to the services we offer, only our phone and fax number. The contact number for all services is now 03 6155 180, fax: 03 6155181. This also applies to the health clinic number.

You are welcomed to pop along and check out our new place, we look forward to seeing you!we have moved to funstoo

Bowel Health Awareness Event @ AWS

Arowhenua whānau services are holding an event to raise awareness of an important issue in our community – the health of your bowel.

Inviting all whanau members, all genders and ages – mums, dads, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends. A range of speakers will discuss this topic that is important to you. An awareness of early signs could save your life. Don’t be shy and bring some of your mates – maybe attend as a group. Guest speakers will be there to answer your health questions. Everyone is welcome and you’ll be glad you attended.AWS Bowel Cancer Event

When: Friday 6 Nov 2015 2pm-4pm
Where: Arowhenua Marae 38 Huirapa Street, Temuka
(off State Highway 1 between the two bridges).

Nibbles included.
RSVP To Diane by Friday 6 Nov 2015
03 615 7452 / 0274076114/ 03 615 5180
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Free quality health care

awsArowhenua Whanau Services provide equal access to quality health care to their community and anyone and everyone is welcome to our free service.

  We have a duty nurse at our Temuka clinic every day, and we have clinics in Timaru, Twizel and Waimate. Our opening times for these clinics can be found on the front page of the AWS website www.aws.health.nz

 If you cannot make it to one of our clinics we can come to you, just give us a call on 03 615 7452. We are here to help!