Whānau Led

Supporting whānau to lead their own change

Whānau-led change puts whānau – individuals, families, and communities – in the driving seat. Embracing whānau-led change means viewing whānau as the experts in their own lives and supporting them to find sustainable responses to complex problems – not telling them what to do.

Local Experts

Click on the images below to hear our Local Experts talk about the importance of whanau-led change





Globally Supported Evidence

We learn by doing. By doing and learning we grow a body of evidence about what works in different settings for different people at different times. The following resources provide evidence about the importance of creating opportunities for whānau to lead.

Mana Whānau evaluation report

Mana Whānau takes a whānau-led approach to helping tamariki and their whānau stay together. An evaluation of the first two years of Mana Whānau found that 78 tamariki from 35 whānau were able to live safely together with their parents.
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Partners for Change Outcomes Management System (PCOMS)

Partners for Change Outcomes Management System (PCOMS) is a simple, powerful resource that enables whānau be in control of their healing journey. Wesley Community Action uses PCOMs to guide the Good Cents courses.
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Telling More of the Story

Telling More of the Story is a reflective evaluation of New Zealand P-Pull, a whānau-led movement to disrupt the pull of methamphetamine/meth. Whānau gather together and share the skills and knowledge they need to lead the way to a meth-free future for themselves and their communities.
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Community Action

Wesley Community Action and other organisations embrace whanau-led change in many ways, including through:


Mana Whānau

Te Roopu Tiaki Rangatahi (TRTR)

About Wesley

Wesley Community Action is a creative change organisation that works in communities and with whānau across all ages and stages within the wider Wellington region.