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Ka Awatea Transition Service

Ka Awatea, meaning 'the dawning of a new era' is a service providing mentoring and support to young people transitioning from care to adulthood.

Ka Awatea is a service for young people aged 15 to 21 who have been in the care of Oranga Tamariki, providing support to young people to transition towards adulthood. 

A young person can be referred to Ka Awatea from the age of 15 onwards. Each young person is assigned a Kai Atawhai, or personal advisor. Kai Atawhai model positive behaviour and empower the young person to make informed decisions about jobs, training, education, where to live and how to build positive peer groups. Kai Atawhai are mobile and can visit the young person in their home, at work, school or at another suitable venue in the community. Young people can also access our Youth Hub in West Auckland.

What we provide:

  • Relationship-based support: Young people will be supported by people they can trust to be there for them, and who will respect and enhance their culture and identity. They will receive support from people that they can relate to, who respect them and won’t give up on them.
  • Practical and emotional support: Young people will receive both practical and emotional support to develop the skills and knowledge needed to manage their lives after being in care, especially ensuring they have the ability to connect with their hapū and iwi if they wish, and support to learn from their mistakes and continue to develop.
  • Advice and assistance: Young people will know about and receive their entitlements.
  • Brokerage to services: Young people will receive help to access the services they need, including services that strengthen their connections to whānau, hapū and iwi.
  • Help to find accommodation: Young people will receive help to find and negotiate accommodation that is safe and appropriate to their wishes and needs.

How to access Ka Awatea 

A young person can be referred to Ka Awatea from the age of 15 onwards.

Find out more

Phone 0800 West Up (0800 937 887) or email us.