Family Start

family startA confidential, in-home service working with families of un-born or new-born babies under 12 months old living in Napier. The aim is to strengthen your family and prepare for the future. Contact any of our staff below for more information on this FREE service.

Family Start Staff


Joan Rundle – Family Start Community Support Worker

Joan was born in Dunedin but has spent most of her life in the North Island living in various towns and cities on the East Coast. She was adopted into a wonderful Christian family who were Officers in The Salvation Army. Joan joined the Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri whānau in November 2014.

Supporting whānau to raise their children she says, “Keep believing in yourself.  You are the experts. You are your child’s best teacher.” Joan is loving sharing information and support through the Ahuru Mowai: Born to Learn programme with, “amazing families in Ahuriri.”

Her greatest achievement has been raising her daughter to become a really amazing mother to her granddaughter. “I am so proud of her academic achievements, 30 + exciting, wonderful years with my husband must also be mentioned.” Spending time with her granddaughter is a great pleasure and Joan enjoys travelling the world as often as possible.

Joan holds a Diploma in Social Services as well as a Certificate in Clinical Supervision , a Certificate in Te Reo Maori through Te Wananga o Aotearoa and a Certificate in First Line Management.


Megan Wall - Family Start Community Support Worker

Megan was born and bred in the Hawkes Bay and started with Te Kupenga Hauora-Ahuriri in October 2006. She feels privileged to work with whānau in the Ahuriri community and sees her role as one that supports parents to be AWESOME and achieve their dreams.

Outside of work she enjoys Cooking, walking, reading, socialising with friends but mostly hanging out with her five beautiful daughters and seven mokopuna. She is most proud of her daughters and of her work at Te Kupenga Hauora-Ahuriri. Megan is a qualified Karitane Nurse and has a Certificate in Social Services.