In 2019, Central Kids noted an increase in the complex behaviours of young tamariki in early education. Following an assessment, it was found that a high number of our families were living under increased housing strain, resulting in less stable home environments for children.

Established in June 2020 Mātauranga Ake became the Social and Navigational Service contribution of Central Kids. Our teams provide whānau in our most vulnerable communities with the wrap-around support and guidance they may need in the removal of barriers to accessing the community. We support whānau to navigate their circumstances with confidence and clear direction, whilst encouraging access to early education and wellbeing for tamariki.

Our dedicated team of Navigators – Kaiwawao will work with whānau with our core focus on empowering whānau to achieve a resilient, stable and supportive home life for our tamariki, we achieve this by taking a whānau centred approach.  We believe that the success of our tamariki starts with strong foundations; our team will work with whānau, by taking them on the journey to creating intentional goals that support the whānau dreams and aspirations to fulfil sustainable, positive outcomes for future generations. 

Mātauranga Ake offers services across three major regions, Rotorua, South Waikato and the wider Waikato region spanning from Thames, Ngaruawahia, Hamilton and Te Awamutu.

Rotorua – Engaging Priority Families
South Waikato – Supporting Families in Emergency Housing
Wider Waikato – Supporting Families in Emergency Housing

Accessing our service is easy as we accept self referrals from whānau. Professionals and external agencies can also contact us to make referrals.

Just click the email link below and one of our dedicated Navigators will contact you to discuss things further.