Family Start Service

What the service is about

  • A professional service with a tikanga Māori approach that provide people with a programme that focuses on improving tamariki 0 to 2 years in growth, health, learning and relationships.


A look into the service

  • This is a home visit programme.
  • We take consideration of the whānau circumstances, environment and safety.
  • We help whānau who are struggling with challenges and problems that hinder the wellbeing and growth of their child.
  • We work together to build strong, positive whānau, who have confidence in caring for the future of their child.


Who might benefit from the service

  • Pregnant Mothers.
  • Tamariki and whānau who live in:
    • Tokoroa.
    • Putaruru.
    • Tirau.
    • Matamata.
    • Te Awamutu.
    • and surrounding rural areas.


To gain access to the service

  • You can ask to be referred by your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC).
  • Self-referral by walking in and making enquiries at Raukawa Charitable Trust offices in Tokoroa, Putaruru, Te Awamutu and Matamata.
  • Free phone 0800 728 5292.