Welcome to our whare

We are a community whare providing wraparound support services for whānau in Taitokerau Northland

Kia Ora

155 Whare Āwhina is a place where you and your whānau are valued, respected and accepted for who you are. 

We are community advocates, lawyers and social workers here to help you and your whānau. We provide free legal advice through our three 155 Community Law centres, can help with whānau support, WINZ, housing, and are here to support anyone who is homeless with shelter at our 155 Open Arms day centre. 

Our food bank provides free food parcels twice a week, and our friendly team at 155 Open Arms serves free meals twice a day, six days a week. 

Kia Ora | 155 Whare Awhina |  Help for your whanau in Northland

So come in to our whare for a cuppa and explore your future options with us.

Latest News

Volunteer roles: 155 Open Arms Reception Area Support

Are you a people person? We are looking for three volunteers who can welcome and greet visitors to our busy day centre.  Our day centre is in the heart of Whangārei, providing anyone in-need withRead more

Volunteer roles: 155 Open Arms Kitchen Support

Our day centre is in the heart of Whangārei, providing anyone in-need with space to rest, have a kai and seek support. We are looking for people to support our busy cooks in the kitchen.  We provRead more

Te Hiku TV: Local Māmā Officially Launch Businesses

Our Māmā Moving Mountains programme helped these wahine turn their ideas into fully functioning businesses - and they were able to share their mahi with the wider community at their very ownRead more

Celebrating Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu National Volunteer Week

This Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu National Volunteer Week, we want to join Volunteering New Zealand in celebrating the collective contribution of all volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand. They growRead more

Meet our whānau: Carol Peters

Carol is our Community Development Coordinator whose ties to 155 run deep; she is 155's former  coordinator who has been involved with 155 since its infancy.  Her desire to contribute toRead more

Meet our whānau: Kim Finkler

Learn more about the friendly face greeting those who come through our door in Kaikohe. Read more

Kia ora, Kaikohekohe! Your 155 Community Law centre is open

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā mātāwaka o te rohe o te Kaikohekohe. Na koutou te karanga, nā koutou hoki te tono. Nei rā mātou te whakautu ake i ēnā wawata o koutou!! Our 155 Community LawRead more

155 Open Arms features in K Road Chronicles: Season 2

Our friend, Carmen, features in episode three of the second season of The K Rd Chronicles, which looks to understand the struggles of small-town homeless communities. Carmen volunteers in our 155Read more

K Rd Chronicles: season 2

Season 2 of Stuff's K Road Chronicles webseries allows you to hear directly from the people living on the margins of society, including some of our courageous 155 Open Arms whānau. Thank you K'Read more

A virtual tour of 155 Open Arms

Our busy 155 Open Arms day centre is visited more than 9,500 times each year.  Learn more about 155 Open ArmsRead more

Meet our whānau: Shirleyanne Brown aka Shirl

She’s a wonderful wahine who wears a few 155 hats, including Chair of 155 Food Rescue, coordinator of our Mothers Moving Mountains programme and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project, and is now ourRead more

Tapping into talents of our most incredible resource: mothers

Māmā Moving Mountains’ coordinator Shirleyanne Brown says: “Our objective is to lift mothers who are at home, with their beautiful babies, out of poverty. We are doing this by looking at theirRead more

Every year:


Requests for legal support are received


Tonnes of unwanted food is diverted from landfill


Housing needs assessments are completed


Visits are welcomed at 155 Open Arms


Food parcels are distributed

If there's a gap, 155 will fill it

"155 is a place where people can come in and have a cup of tea and a chat. No problem is too tough, hard, too big or too small. There’s always a listening ear and a keenness to see people well and safe. There’s courageousness too. If there’s a gap, 155 will fill it."

- Shirlyanne Brown, 155 Community Development Project Manager

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