Winners of 2012 Social Innovation Award at the National Sustainable Business Network Awards.
Te Whangai is Maori for "To Nurture" or "To Adopt"
As of June 2012, 198 employees have found full time employment in the community while participating in the Te Whangai Programme. That's 198 people off the unemployment benefit and 198 families lives' improved!
Te Whangai is also grateful to have been able to assist over 270 people through our 26 week Programmes and over 700 on daily programmes in our 5 years of operation.
66 vulnerable youth participants have tested drug free in Te Whangai's Hi Road Programme and Te Whangai's Pilot programme with hi risk recidivist youth offenders have resulted in 73% not re-offending.
Many thanks go to those who support and share the vision to make a difference - creating the positive changes for now and future generations.
Our heartfelt thanks also go to Helena and the team of Invesure Productions who featured Te Whangai in their documentary Kiwis Can Fly, aired 1st July 2012 on Prime TV.
We are a registered Charity CC24389. A social and environmental enterprise that assists long term unemployed, youth and people at risk. We are a pilot programme established in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. Our main goal in establishing the nursery was to assist at-rist people by ongoing mentoring them in a structured, safe work place providing life and work skills and educational opportunities.
Te Whangai Trust is an ecopreneurial social enterprise that was established for two main reasons:
Te Whangai Trust aims to utilise the talent of the at risk sector. We grow and supply a variety of quality eco-sourced native plants and trees. Our goal is to place each person back into the full time commercial market at the end of the program.
We work with each person on life & personal skills, job training and education which they can then utilise in the work place.
We are located overlooking the tranquil Seabird Coast in the rich, fertile lands of the Waikato.
The activity based learning platform is a Native Plant Nursery.
Our classroom, life and work skills assessment centre is an eco-nursery growing native New Zealand plants.
Te Whangai participants have created and work in this nursery. Te Whangai supports them through advocating for them with agencies, sharing basic life and work skills, aspirations and whanau experiences, training them in plant propagation and planting techniques, undertaking NZQA qualifications. With increased skills, training, self-esteem and experience of employer expectations, Te Whangai participants move more easily into commercial sector employment. Education is for life. The model is a pilot designed to be replicated through New Zealand.
Our native trees have been growing exceptionally well in the nursery and we need to make room for new seedlings!
Contact us for some great deals on native NZ trees like top quality Wineberry and Five finger (PB3s).
♥ This site is still under construction and we thank you for your understanding ♥