About us

Our name

Our name, Whāraurau, was gifted to us by the late kaumātua Rāwiri Wharemate in 2018 and is reflective of our purpose.

Whāraurau is an early Māori term for a small, moveable hut used to shelter gatherers of tītī – the muttonbird. Just as these shelters provided support for gatherers, we offer training and support to the infant, child, adolescent and youth mental health (ICAYMH) workforce.

Funded by Government, our training and resources is evidence‑based, and informed by clinical, cultural and youth-lived experience.

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What drives us

We action Te Tiriti O Waitangi. We are a trusted, leading partner in research translation, workforce development and change management for the infant, child, adolescent and youth mental health sector.

Our mahi is co-designed, co-led and co-delivered authentically with cultural, clinical, taiohi and whānau expertise.

We are far reaching and effective. Our online offering is world class. We meet people where they are by being flexible; always adapting and responding to the needs of an ever-changing workforce.

Our people

Our training and events take place across the motu | country and our team is based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and Otautahi (Christchurch).

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Our organisation

Whāraurau is one of the seven Impact Services within UniServices, a wholly-owned, not-for-profit entity of the University of Auckland.

Built on evidence-based research, these Impact Services are recognised as leaders in their field, delivering social, health and economic benefits through education, public health, innovation, and informing public policy.

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