What we do . Te Waka Kotahi Foster Care

Te Waka Kotahi Foster Care

Wesley’s Te Waka Kotahi  Fostercare programme works with young people who for a variety of reasons need a supportive environment away from their original home.

The Te Waka Kotahi team provide a safe and supportive homes for young people to grow and develop

By providing an opportunity for young people to form positive connections with schools, sports clubs, and peers while being nurtured in a caring home environment supported by a  team of full-time foster parents, skilled staff, social workers and youth mentors;  significant positive changes can occur.

Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?

If you have a room in your heart and your home and if the role of being a foster parent sparks some interest in you, then we would love to hear from you.

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

Contact our Team Leader


Information for Young People

Information for Whanau

Information for Foster Parent and Staff

Information for Schools

Information for CYF

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What’s special about Te Waka Kotahi

Young people from the ages of 12 to 16 years are referred to Te Waka Kotahi by Child Youth and Family (CYF) who work with us in a partnership and who  fund this service.

Te Waka Kotahi provides an opportunity for for the young person to form positive connections with schools, sports clubs, and peers – all of which are essential for their future growth and enjoyment.  Access to specialist services is arranged as needed.

Typically young people join Te Waka Kotahi after experiencing many ‘failed’ placements, with limited fragmented schooling and insecurities from living in unsettled and frequently unsafe environments.

By providing stable and caring living arrangements significant positive changes can occur in the young people.

In addition to foster home arrangements Te Waka Kotahi provides Te Whare Whakapakari (House of Strength, Nurture and Self Esteem) in Tawa.  This home provides a family environment and home support for three young people for whom living at home is no longer an option.

The approach in Te Waka Kotahi is shaped by our Wesley Way – with a strong emphasis on identifying and growing the young people’s strengths.


Te Waka Kotahi  Youth Team

Team Leader Email: spackman@wesleyca.org.nz


Te Whare Whakapakari Foster Care

Phone; 04.232.4550

Fax; 04.232.4955

One to One Foster Care

Phone; 04.237.7612

Fax; 04.237.0798

6 Hagley St.,






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