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

Covid-19: Changes to services

We are now following Alert Level 2 protocols. We can be contacted by phone on 0800 120 926 or 0800 155 LAW. If we do not answer straight away, please leave a message and we will get back to you. Read more

Covid-19: 155 Food Bank stock running low

We are experiencing exceptionally high demand for our food parcels during heightened Covid-19 alert levels and, as a result, our 155 Food Bank stock levels are running low. Our 155 Food Bank and 155Read more

Do you know your legal rights during Covid-19 response?

Community Law has answered the most frequently asked questions relating to NZ government's COVID-19 law changes.  Select the area of Law you need to know about below: Employment Income supportRead more

Can you help us furnish our transitional whare?

Work is underway turning a house not far from our whare on Kamo Road into a much-needed transitional home. This home will provide accommodation and support for individuals or whānau in WhanāgreiRead more

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

In the news: Whangārei's homeless population grows from 21 to 293 from 2018 to 2020

Our CEO Liz Cassidy-Nelson talks to RNZ reporter Sam Olley on homelessness in Whangārei. ...Liz Cassidy-Nelson (Ngāti Kahu o Torongare, Ngāti Hine, Te Kapotai, Te Māhurehure) heads Whangārei'sRead 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

Every year:

1300+

Requests for legal support are received

126

Tonnes of unwanted food is diverted from landfill

269

Housing needs assessments are completed

9500+

Visits are welcomed at 155 Open Arms

820

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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