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Our Programmes

Our main objective is to build a community where every child who has a parent or caregiver in prison or serving a community sentence, has access to support and appropriate services; to create a positive future for themselves.


Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou mahi consists of programmes which range across wrap- around social work services for whānau and mentoring for children. 


We work in prisons and the community and have a team of well trained, experienced staff in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Ōtautahi (Christchurch) as well as services in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) and Waihōpai (Invercargill).


Core Social
Work Programme

Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou Social Workers provide an evidence based and specialised response service, walking alongside whānau impacted by a family member’s involvement with Ara Poutama (The Department of Corrections). We work from a whānau centred, strengths based approach – meaning we address the family’s immediate needs and emphasise strengths they already have.

Mentoring for Children

Once a whānau has received social work support and have achieved some of their goals, our Mentoring Coordinators match the tamariki with an askable, trusted adult from our community of volunteers. These volunteers are trained and supported by our Mentoring Coordinators and are well prepared to provide the tamariki with experiences and opportunities outside of their horizons. 

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Wrap Around Whānau Programme

Our Wrap Around Whānau programme works with Ara Poutama (The Department of Corrections) to support the family of those receiving mental health care within prison. Our services are whānau-led and responsive to the family/individuals needs and goals. 

Pathway Centre

Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou has created a whānau friendly environment within Prison, giving Dads the opportunity to bond with their tamariki while serving their prison sentence.

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