Waka Taua Wellness Programme

What the programme is about

  • A professional health care programme with a tikanga Māori approach which delivers an extensive wellness programme and marae based wānanga for male youth who have alcohol and other drug dependencies or related problems.
  • We aim to encourage and raise awareness with a dual focus on tikanga Māori values and kaupapa Māori wellness activities.
  • We provide holistic health promotion and therapeutic assessment and interventions for individuals incorporating a whānau approach


A look into the programme

  • We are a mobile service, which means our whānau workers will come to visit you at your home and provide transport to wānanga.
  • Our service is delivered as a 10 weekend marae based wānanga which are drug and alcohol free. Participants are encouraged to maintain the tikanga of the programme wherever they may be.


Who might benefit from the programme

  • Male youth aged up to 20 years who live in:
    • Tokoroa.
    • Putaruru.
    • Tīrau.
    • Matamata.
    • Te Awamutu.
    • Cambridge.
    • or surrounding rural areas.


To gain access to the programme

  • Self-referral by walking in and making enquiries at Raukawa Charitable Trust offices in Tokoroa, Putaruru, Matamata and Te Awamutu.
  • Free phone 0800 728 5292.