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Real Waikato

Across the Waikato, our team supports young people and their whānau, to create opportunities that help them feel great about themselves, their lives and their futures.

Real Waikato provides preventative support for young people through:



We work closely with community groups to support young people through our mentoring programmes.

  • Tairanga – meaning to uplift or empower, this programme is designed for young people between the ages of 10-17 years old who may need extra support in life. Tairanga is based on the needs of each young person and mentoring may be in groups or one-on-one. All young people in the service must reside in Central North Waikato.
  • Youth mentoring – we work with Oranga Tamariki to provide a mentoring service that meets the needs of at-risk young people aged between 11-17 years old, in the greater Hamilton area and the Waipā and Waikato districts. We focus on the particular needs identified by a young person and is inclusive of their whānau. We guide them through the programme but encourage them to drive its direction.



We provide ‘transition to independence’ care for young people between the ages of 18-24 years old who are exiting Oranga Tamariki’s care. The care we provide is tailored to each young person’s needs but can include help with:

  • finding employment

  • applying for financial assistance

  • finding accommodation

  • applying for and attending courses, sporting clubs and other extra-curricular activities.


Whetū Marewa 

Whetū Marewa is a service that aims to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing in taiohi (young people), aged 12 to 24-years-old, who are living with mild to moderate mental health and addiction-related issues and social stressors. 

The mobile service has an outreach approach, providing support from registered health professionals and youth workers in schools and community clinics, and offering access to a range of supported interventions when needed. 

Whetū Marewa, which means ‘rising stars’ in te reo, is a reference to the taiohi the service supports and the potential they have to lead healthy and happy lives.


How to get Real

Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions, are interested in working for Real Waikato or would like to connect with our services.

Phone – 078571579
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Address – Kākāriki House, 293 Grey Street, Hamilton East. Postal address – PO Box 307, Hamilton 3240