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Our Programmes and Services

Te Manawa Family Services provides stopping violence, parenting, and other associated family support and education programmes and services. We work with individuals and families to develop the skills and understanding they need for a safe and healthy family life – whether living together or apart.

Through our programmes and services we support and help anyone, who is ready and willing to learn how to change and to live with respect and self esteem.  Te Manawa provides several programmes for men, women and young people, both in groups and for individuals. For more information click on the links below or contact us if you would like to register for a programme, receive brochures or to request other information.

Men Living Free from Violence

This 20-week programme supports men to build a safe and respectful life for themselves and the people in their lives. The programme is for men who want to learn more about themselves, how to handle their emotions, how to value and respect themselves and others. The programme supports you to make life changes by learning about triggers for anger and stress, the cycles and impact of violence and abuse, how to build self-awareness and gain self-control, how to make the best choices, how to use tools such as safety plans, conflict resolution strategies and ‘off-ramps’, practical ways of making life changes through improved communication. It is an open group programme that you can join at any stage after an initial meeting with the facilitators.

Women Living Free from Violence

This programme is for women who are or have been victims of violence or who use violence and abuse, and want to build safe lives for themselves and their families. The programme supports women to build a safe and healthy family life for themselves and their children whether living together or apart. The programme aims to help women learn more about themselves, how to handle their emotions and how to value and respect themselves and others. We will support you to make life changes by learning the impacts of violence on yourself and others, how to manage anger and resolve conflict, how to choose and grow healthy relationships, how to hold boundaries and keep yourself safe, how to communicate respectfully and assertively and safe parenting. It is an open group programme that you can join at any stage after an initial meeting with our facilitators.

Youth and Parenting Programme

For young people aged 8 to 18 years and their parents/caregivers. This is a 15 week programme with individual counsellors for both the youth and the parent/caregiver with the option of additional support. The programme sessions focus on supporting you to Identify and work towards some positive goals, build on a family life that is safe and respectful, improve communication skills and relationships, grow self-esteem and self-confidence,deal with any issues of bullying and abuse, develop skills to manage feelings and anger.

Parents/caregivers also learn more about the needs of young people at different life stages and how to put in place practical, positive parenting skills. 

Family & Whanau Support Service

This free service is available to individuals, families and whanau where family violence has occurred. Our Family & Whanau Support Service social workers will meet with you in your home or at Te Manawa Services to assess safety and risk, provide information, support and guidance, create safety plans, and identify support people and networks. We can make referrals to other agencies for support, provide guidance with obtaining Protection orders and monitor your safety and wellbeing..

What you will learn

Each programme is personal, practical, interactive and takes you through a stepped journey that supports you from raised awareness through to applying your learning to make life changes.

In each course we examine:

Applying this learning will give you the tools and skills to:


Anti-Bullying Projects

Stand Up, Speak Out Bullying Education Programme

This programme consists of six one-hour workshops delivered weekly in schools throughout the Manawatu. The programme was designed with intermediate aged (Year 7 and 8) young people in mind. While each workshop has specific aims, the overall objective of this programme is to support young people to develop an understanding of the dynamics of bullying and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to respond when it occurs. The programme also aims to promote a school culture of kindness, anti-bullying and supporting one another; a community where all young people feel safe, valued, and respected.

Community Projects

In addition to the Stand Up, Speak Out Programme, Anti-Bullying Projects is involved in several community-based projects and events.


For more information you can contact us or go to our Q&A page.

Contact us if you would like to register or for more information on our programmes.

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Te Manawa programmes are run with the support of : 

Community Organisation Grants Scheme, Lottery Community, Manawatu District Council, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Development , NZ Police, Palmerston North City Council , Pub CharityLion Foundation, Eastern & Central Community Trust, TG Macarthy, Central Energy Trust.

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