What is Waimanako?

Waimanako; is a Safe Space in our Community. Our approach is holistic (Te Whare Tapa Whā – the ‘whole person’) – and based on whakawhanaungatanga. This means we collaborate with other services such as medical practitioners, budgeting gurus, legal advisors, housing experts, relationship counsellors, trauma specialists, joggers and walkers, musicians and artists to name but a few…

At Waimanako, you’ll find Te Huinga / The Koha Cafe – a welcoming space where you can rock up for a good feed and excellent coffee for koha. It’s on the ‘pay what you feel’ principle. You know that, by stopping in for something to eat you’re supporting an awesome cause – so, please give generously if you can. Don’t worry if you can’t – that’s what we’re here for!

If times are hard, you can fill up ‘on the house’. Think… build your own breakfast, crepes, desserts, pizzas, burgers, nachos, baking, and great coffee!

The Koha Cafe is a place to get together and enjoy a whānau-friendly supportive environment: a sober socialising space for the community. There’s even a sweet selection of board games, colouring books (including for adults), and toys for littlies in the cupboard!

As the in-community arm of Taranaki Retreat, our kaupapa is to support people going through challenging times. The koha that people offer for their refreshments goes towards funding our mahi and, of course, the kai and our team!

It may be that you’re thinking of visiting today just because you’re passing, curious, or have been before. Some people visit because they’re looking for some support –  a Listening Ear with one of our trained peer-support workers.

This could be if things are tough for you, a loved-one or a colleague. Tino pai. Simply add ‘A Catch-Up’ to your order, and we’ll arrange for that – either then and there, in a more private space, or at another time. No dramas. ‘Anything goes’  – it could be about work, grief, relationships, addictions or other tough stuff such as depression or negative thoughts. That’s what we’re here for, and we promise, nobody will judge you.

If things have gone to custard; if you are grieving, down or hurting; if you are concerned for your wellbeing, or that of someone else – we are here for you. It might just be the right place to share what’s happening with a caring community of people, who are focused on wrapping tautoko around you, hearing the story, and working together on solutions.

At Waimanako, we have:

Whakawhanaungatanga – services working together for better outcomes for us all

Whānau Support Rooms – where safe spaces are created and held…

Manga Huatoi / The Creative Hub – think textiles, paints, writing, drawing… a chill-out space

Tautoko / Support Groups – think recovery and bereavement support

A kete of workshops – such as Grief and Loss, Resilience Builders, Stress-Busters, Mindfulness, Anxiety, Speed Freaks, Healing Breath, and Watercolour Art

Live music – every Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:30pm, a local artist performs at our Koha Cafe!

Huaawhi / Life Coaching – a future focus: who am I, what does the next chapter hold?

Outreach Support – a seriously cool kaupapa – a walk-alongside you, a shoulder to lean on, support navigating whatever may be tough right now

On any given day, people come for business meetings, friendly catch ups, to study, to have some time out, or for a space to breathe and gather in the city.

Please do come and join us – be a part of it all! Click on the + icon to see what’s happening this week!

If you see something of interest, click to register, so we can confirm your space, keep you updated, and answer any questions:) Can’t find the workshop you’re looking for? Let us know here and we’ll be in touch!

Our kete of workshops and groups
Workshop NameHappening NextWho It's forWorkshop DescriptionRegister
Workshop NameHappening NextWho It's forWorkshop DescriptionRegister

Waimanako; is a Safe Space in our Community. Our approach is holistic (Te Whare Tapa Whā – the ‘whole person’) – and based on whakawhanaungatanga.

This means we collaborate with other services such as medical practitioners, budgeting gurus, legal advisors, housing experts, relationship counsellors, trauma specialists, joggers and walkers, musicians and artists to name but a few…

At Waimanako, you’ll find Te Huinga / The Koha Cafe; a welcoming space where you can rock up for a good feed and excellent coffee for koha. It’s on the ‘pay what you feel’ principle. You know that, by stopping in for something to eat you’re supporting an awesome cause – so, please give generously if you can. Don’t worry if you can’t – that’s what we’re here for! If times are hard, you can fill up ‘on the house’. Think… build your own breakfast, crepes, desserts, pizzas, burgers, nachos, baking, and great coffee!

The Koha Cafe is a place to get together and enjoy a whānau-friendly supportive environment: a sober socialising space for the community. There’s even a sweet selection of board games, colouring (including for adults), and toys for littlies in the cupboard!

As the in-community arm of Taranaki Retreat, our kaupapa is to support people going through challenging times. The koha that people offer for their refreshments goes towards funding our mahi and, of course, the kai and our team.

It may be that you’re thinking of visiting today just because you’re passing by, curious, or have been before. Some people visit because they’re looking for some support –  a Listening Ear with one of our trained peer-support workers.

This could be if things are tough for you, a loved-one or a colleague. Tino pai. Simply add ‘A Catch-Up’ to your order, and we’ll arrange for that – either then and there, in a more private space, or at another time. No dramas. ‘Anything goes’ under that category – it could be about work, grief, relationships, addictions or other tough stuff such as depression or negative thoughts. That’s what we’re here for, and we promise, nobody will judge you.

If things have gone to custard; if you are grieving, down or hurting; if you are concerned for your wellbeing, or that of someone else – we are here for you. It might just be the right place to share what’s happening with a caring community of people, who are focused on wrapping tautoko around you, hearing the story, and working together on solutions.

At Waimanako, we have:

Whakawhanaungatanga – services working together for better outcomes for us all

Whānau Support Rooms – where safe spaces are created and held…

Manga Huatoi / The Creative Hub – think textiles, paints, writing, drawing… a chill-out space

Tautoko – Support Groups – think recovery and bereavement support

A kete of workshops – such as Grief and Loss, Resilience Builders, Stress-Busters, Mindfulness, Anxiety, Speed Freaks, Healing Breath, and Watercolour Art

Live music – every Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:30pm, a local artist performs at our Koha Cafe!

Huaawhi / Life Coaching – a future focus: who am I, what does the next chapter hold?

Outreach Tautoko/Support – a seriously cool kaupapa – a walk-alongside you, a shoulder to lean on, tautoko with navigating whatever may be tough right now

On any given day, people come for business meetings, friendly catch ups, to study, to have some time out, or for a space to breathe and gather in the city.

Please do come and join us – be a part of it all! Click on the + icon to see what’s happening this week!

If you see something of interest, click to register, so we can confirm your space, keep you updated, and answer any questions:)

Can’t find the workshop you’re looking for? Let us know here and we’ll be in touch!

Our kete of workshops and groups
Workshop NameHappening NextWho It's forWorkshop DescriptionRegister
Workshop NameHappening NextWho It's forWorkshop DescriptionRegister

More about waimanako;

“At Waimanako it’s about connection; like I belong. I’m part of something. Loneliness and isolation affect so many of us. People are just accepted here.”

“At Waimanako it’s about connection; like I belong. I’m part of something. Loneliness and isolation affect so many of us. People are just accepted here.”