Certificate in Awhi Whanau

Awhi Whānau Ministry

“Social Work values and Christian values are very similar. They both promote helping others to become better people … to strengthen the individual…” and their whānau..." Bishop John Gray.

2017 Calendar 

Module One: Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 April 2017 
Module Two: Tuesday 20 - Friday 23 June 2017
Module Three: Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 August 2017
Module Four: Tuesday 17 - Friday 20 October 2017 

Awhi Whānau is in the process of developing a ministry service that can offer practical social work support to the communities of Christchurch.

Whakawhanaungatanga drives social work practice, emphasising connections between whānau and hāpu, iwi and tikanga. This means that whānau, hāpu and iwi are best placed to identify the processes that support and empower them spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and environmentally.

The Awhi Whānau Programme locates social work within Te Ao Māori  and has a Christ-centred focus. It also draws on tikanga and theological theories to add academic rigour.   

The Awhi Whānau Training Programme is designed to enhance pastoral ministry through basic social work skills. It's also aimed at kaimahi who work for whānau, hāpu and iwi. Course content relates to whānau collectively rather than as individuals within the whānau.

Te Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu offers a practical social work training programme called Awhi Whānau. The Awhi Whānau Curriculum is delivered using co-operative learning strategies and engages multiple intelligences. In this inductive learning environment theory is evolving from generic individual thought to specific collective thought.

Awhi Whānau Framework:

  • ‘Ko Au’ (me) – ‘Ko Koe’ (you): the importance of knowing yourself and how your environment has influenced your journey before you engage with someone else. Once you understand your world you will then have an idea on how to explore someone else’s world with respect.
  • ‘Ko Koutou’ (you and yours) – Ko Tatou (both of us and ours): whanaungatanga happens by exchanging stories and making connections with whanau until ‘kua ea’ you are satisfied koutou has become tatou. Now the work begins.
  • ‘Ko Ratou’ (others, not you or me) – ‘Ko Tatou’ (both of us and ours), sometimes we will need to engage someone else to help us whether that be whānau whanui (extended family) or networks, again whanaungatanga happens with others until ‘kua ea ratou’ becomes tatou and the work continues.


Certificate in Awhi Whānau





Ko Au – Ko Koe
Referral & Engagement

Ko Koutou Ko Tatou
Assessment & Analysis

Ko Koutou Ko Tatou
Planning & Intervention

Ko Ratou Ko Tatou
Networking & Support

To understand how the context in which you were raised influences who you are so that in turn you can understand how another person’s world has influenced their circumstances.

To be able to complete a full comprehensive assessment and provide analysis that is supported by theory from various worldviews.

To be able to complete a SMART plan of intervention for whanau and provide appropriate support to whanau during intervention while maintaining professional service and boundaries

To understand the importance of internal, external, formal and informal networks as a source of support to kaimahi during their mahi with whānau.