Whānau Ora

Whānau Ora is an inclusive interagency approach to providing health and social services to build the capacity of all New Zealand families in need. It empowers whānau as a whole rather than focusing separately on individual family members and their problems.

Some whānau will want to come up with their own ways of improving their lives and may want to work on this with a hapū, iwi or a non-government organisation (NGO).

Other whānau will want to seek help from specialist Whānau Ora providers who will offer wrap-around services tailored to their needs. Whānau will have a practitioner or ‘navigator’ to work with them to identify their needs, develop a plan to address those needs and broker their access to a range of health and social services.

For more information on how Whānau Ora can assist you or whānau you know, please contact one of the staff below.


Whānau Ora Staff

Faryn Ngawaka – Whanau Ora Navigator

Faryn has lived in Napier his whole life and his whakapapa is Ngāti Porou, Tainui and Ngāti Kahungunu.

He’s worked at Te Kupenga Hauora-Ahuriri since 2010 and loves working with whānau in the community, helping them to make positive changes to their overall wellbeing.

“Health and wellbeing is more than how you look and feel, it encompasses mind, body, spirit as well as whānau relationships; as demonstrated in the holistic Te Whare Tapa Wha model we use.” says Faryn.

Outside of work he is a keen triathlete, participating in Iron Māori and Ironman events and he enjoys spending time with whānau. His family;  being Dad to his daughter Teilah (16) and son Trey (20) is his greatest achievement.

Faryn has a Certificate in Hauora, is a certified Stanford Master Trainer CDSMP (Chronic Disease Self Management Program) and is currently studying towards a National Certificate Level 2/3 Physical Fitness & Nutrition.


Verna Huata – Whānau Ora Navigator 

Verna is from Omahu and affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa , Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Arawa and Tūhoe. She has been a member of the Te Kupenga Hauora-Ahuriri whānau for over 13 years.

Having the opportunity to be able to support whānau in our communities and help enable them to reach their full potential for their future and for their whānau, is her favourite thing about her role.

Her message for whānau comes by way of the following whakatauki. Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei  Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain. “This whakatauki is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, but its real message is to be persistent and don’t let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal.” says Verna.

Raising her five children and supporting her grandchildren are her greatest achievements. She enjoys writing, poetry and painting- especially with children at kura (school).

Verna has a Certificate in Hauora, Certificate in First Aid, Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori Level 4 and a Diploma in Social Services.


Veronica Young- Whānau Ora Navigator 

Veronica is from Te Haroto and she is Ngāti Hineuru and Ngāti Kahungunu. She’s worked at TKHA since May 2010.

She loves meeting and supporting whānau, participating in community activities and especially enjoys being involved with Ahuriri Kahui Pakeke, a group of kaumātua who meet monthly.

Veronica explains her role, “I will listen to a whanau, help identify what their needs are, develop a plan and work towards achieving realistic outcomes for the whanau.”

Outside of mahi, Veronica enjoys catching up with friends and planning activities for them all to take part in together. Events such as the annual Napier Pak n Save Walk/Run and  Lake Taupo Relay.

She is most proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who are fun loving and the love of her life.

Veronica has a Certificate in Hauora.