On behalf of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Kāhui Tū Kaha extends manaakitanga to all people through a range of health, housing and social services.

Me akiaki i te mana ō ngā tāngata i te rohe o Ngāti Whātua

We support Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua with extending manaakitanga through a range of health, housing and social services. Our values are embedded in our service delivery.

Manaakitanga – enhancing the mana of the tangata receiving our services

Whakawhanaungatanga – establishing relationships, a sense of belonging, family connections and kinship for the tangata receiving our services

Rangatiratanga – supporting self-determination of the tangata receiving our services

We are privileged to work on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua

Since as far back as 1973 we have been providing mental health support services. In 2016, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua was given sole authority to appoint our Trustees and we were gifted the name of Kāhui Tū Kaha. In the context of our work, our name means many hands, working together, so that people receiving our services can ‘stand tall’, supporting their wellness and self-determination.

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Key people

We are led by Tumu Whakarae CEO Barbara Browne and Pou Tāhuhu Deputy CEO Tipene Lemon, under the supportive guidance of our trustees and board of directors.

  • Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, DNZM. JP
  • Glenn Wilcox
  • Prue Kapua – Chairperson
  • Martin Mariassouce
  • Andrew Mitchell – Deputy Chairperson
  • Monique Pihema
  • Michael Smyth
  • Franky Wang
  • Barbara Browne – Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive Officer 
  • Tipene Lemon – Pou Tāhuhu Deputy Chief Executive Officer 
  • Marama Hetaraka – Operations Manager, Social Housing
  • Samuel Rotohiko – Operations Manager, Social Housing
  • Sara Pai – Operations Manager, Mental Health Services
  • Stephanie Abrahams – Manager, Quality & Data
  • Pervin Contractor – General Manager Housing
  • Mosiana Atiola – Financial Controller
  • Gabriela Grecu – Human Resources Manager

Social Housing

We provide social housing services in Auckland, Whangārei and Dargaville. We welcome referrals for people living in these areas.


We accept referrals 24/7 from Police and other agencies for people requiring emergency motel accommodation.




We provide support services to people living in MSD emergency motels.

We provide semi-permanent housing and support services to people who have been homeless or living in unstable circumstances.

Ara Whakawhiti

Transitional housing across multiple sites.

South, East, West & Central Auckland, Whangārei

Āhuru Pūmanawa

Transitional housing for all who identify as transgender.

Central Auckland

Aka Matua

Transitional housing for rangatahi who are eligible to be on the social housing register.

Otara, Māngere, Manurewa & Ōtāhuhu, Auckland


We provide supported accommodation to assist rangatahi between the ages of 16-21 years to transition from Oranga Tamariki to independent living.


We support people who are living on the street or in cars and have been homeless for 12 months or longer. We provide long-term housing and ongoing support to sustain their tenancy.

Whare Taupua

Kaupapa Māori support for chronic homelessness.


Fale ko Lata’anga

Supporting Pacific people and other ethnicities into long-term housing.


Kāinga Pūmanawa

Supporting people who have been chronically homeless into long-term housing.


We support people who are living in motels or in overcrowded homes and have been homeless for between 6 to 9 months.  We provide long-term housing and support to sustain their tenancy.

Kāinga Āhuru

Auckland, Whangārei

Hiki Mana, Hiki Ora

Through the Creating Positive Pathways programme, we provide housing and support for people who have served long term prison sentences.

Auckland, Whangārei

Te Hokinga Mai – Raki

We belong to the Te Tai Tokerau collective, providing Out of Gate, which supports tangata who are serving a short sentence and those on remand to reintegrate into the community.


Whare Toko

Through the Sustaining Tenancies programme, we support people who are at risk of losing their tenancy.

Auckland, Whangārei, Dargaville

We work in partnership with Kāinga Ora to provide supported housing at Greys Avenue in the central city. We provide 24/7 onsite support, including cultural support.

Mental Health Support Services​

We provide support services to people experiencing difficulties with their mental health. Anyone can refer to our community mental health services and wellbeing groups. Access to our residential and respite services is via clinical referral pathways.

Respite Services provide a safe place to reduce risks associated with a crisis or relapse of mental illness. It is an alternative to being admitted to hospital or an option for earlier discharge from hospital. Trained staff are always present.

Tūmanako & Te Aroha


Manurewa, Auckland

Awhi Rito


Manurewa, Auckland

Mā Te Huruhuru


Grey Lynn, Auckland

Te Kōtiu

Kaupapa Māori intensive residential support for people exiting forensic services.

Mt Albert, Auckland


We deliver 24/7 residential support for 5 people who need long-term care.

Papatoetoe, Auckland


We deliver 24/7 residential support for up to 23 people who need long-term care.

Onehunga, Auckland

Mobile Mental Health Support provides a range of services to people who have experienced mental illness and who would benefit from support with their recovery. The service is mobile, visiting people wherever they live in the community. Our services are specific to different population groups, recognising the importance of culture to wellbeing, and matching staff to different language needs.

  • General Mobile Support
  • Kaupapa Māori (Te Korowai ō Te Aroha)
  • Pacific (Ola Manuia)
  • Asian
  • Muslim Wellbeing Support
  • Housing & Recovery Support (Te Rangimarie)
  • Community Living Service (Intensive Community Team)
  • Cultural Support
  • Awhi Ora (early intervention)
  • Youth Peer Support
  • Counselling service

Kupenga Ora

We provide a range of cultural-based arts and physical exercise group activities in the community and in transitional housing settings.


Mental Health First Aid

We are an authorized provider of Mental Health First Aid, a 2-day community education workshop.


We provide Consumer Leadership & Advocacy to Mental Health & Addiction Services.

Te Toka Tūmai district

Other Support and Advocacy Services

In addition to our mental health and social housing services, we also provide the following support and advocacy services.

We support refugees in their initial settlement period.

Email: refugeeservice@kahuitukaha.co.nz


We are sector improvement connectors for family harm services, supporting Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke and the reduction of family harm.

Waitematā District

We support organisations in making their workplaces safe and inclusive for LGBTTQIA+ employees.

Website: www.rainbowtick.nz
Email: info@rainbowtick.co.nz


Contact us

Office hours: 09 531 4040
Outside office hours: 0800 678 323
Email: reception@kahuitukaha.co.nz
Fax: 09 520 4068

Tāmaki Makaurau

UNISYS Building (front entrance)
650 Great South Road, Ellerslie, 1051

Post: PO Box 74270, Greenlane 1051


191 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei, 0110

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We aim to contact shortlisted candidates within seven days of receiving an application. If you have any questions regarding our roles or your application, please feel free to contact us at careers@kahuitukaha.co.nz