Te Waka Kotahi

Additional information

Sarah Packman
Team Manager
E: spackman@wesleyca.org.nz

Te Waka Kotahi is our specialist foster-care programme for rangatahi aged 12 to 17 in the care of Oranga Tamariki. It provides an opportunity for young people to form positive connections that allow significant changes to occur.

Everyone connected to a young person through Te Waka Kotahi – including their whānau, foster parent, mentor, social workers, Oranga Tamariki and school or college – is working towards a common goal: to bring this precious young person safely to the shore where they can heal and grow strong.

In most cases, we work with young people and their whānau for one year. During this year the young person lives with a foster parent and goes to school, college or a special day programme, depending on their needs.

As well as  foster care, we also care for up to three young people at Te Whare Whakapakari, our residential whare in Tawa.

Interested in becoming a foster parent?

If you think you have the skills to join the team at Te Waka Kotahi by providing care to a young person in your home,  we’d love to hear from you. We have positions available for full-time or part-time (respite) foster parents. 

These positions are paid.

To become a full-time or part-time foster parent you will:

  • be currently living in the greater Wellington region and have stable accommodation and a spare room
  • have no dependent children living with you
  • have a full NZ driver’s license and  your own car and be a confident driver
  • have high personal standards in the care of children
  • have a comfortable, clean, and safe home environment to offer
  • have a high standard of personal health and fitness
  • have excellent written and spoken communication skills

Download our foster parent application pack to find out more or to apply to become a foster parent.

Become a youth mentor

Do you have the energy to spend one-on-one time with an individual young person and provide a positive influence?  We’re looking for committed, passionate, energetic, and grounded people to support the young people in Te Waka Kotahi, during and after school, and on weekends. The number of hours varies.

Our youth mentors work with their foster parents to support these young people as they find their way. You’ll need to be able to set boundaries and stick to them, and  provide outstanding role modelling to young people.  It’s important to be highly self-motivated.

As a Youth Mentor you will need:

  • A full driver’s license.
  • Your own car/car insurance.
  • To pass police and Oranga Tamariki checks