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Mother and Child

About Us

Kōwhai Family Start is a social services organisation. We provide family support services to parents and children who are struggling or require assistance through our Family Start programme in the Waikato region. Our social services are designed to improve relationships with communities and create a positive change for future generations. Kōwhai empowers whanau to achieve positive outcomes and break negative intergenerational cycles. Our company is dedicated to empowering all people in Aotearoa. 

We are based in the Waikato region with our corporate office in Hamilton and service hubs in the extended Waikato region. We employ over 30 qualified staff who specialize in education, social work, and business management.


We seek to contribute to shifting the negative conditions holding problems in place and improve whānau/family well-being and future opportunities.

We are committed to working with whānau and the community to ensure that their vision and aspirations of a better future are always at the heart of our mahi.

We strive to be the preferred provider of social services in the Waikato region.



Our company values are determined by our family values:


  • Aroha is always at the Centre of what we do

  • We treat others with Kindness and Respect

  • We are Open and Honest

  • We value Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • We take initiative and innovate; there's always room for improvement.

  • Excellence in our delivery

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