About us

How we do it

We operate under the Trust. We are a charitable trust and have a combination of paid and volunteer staff.

Step 1

We apply for grants each year, and fundraise via this website.

Step 2

We get referrals from the Ministry of Social Development and local support services.

Step 3

We give women a room for 3 months and provide them with everything they need to find a new home.

At Awhina House homeless women find a temporary home where they are supported 24/7.

Our Vision

No woman in Tauranga Moana wakes up without hope for her future.

Our Mission

To nurture, support and advocate for homeless women in Tauranga Moana.

Awhina House offers a housing ­focused, sustainable accommodation option for women who are homeless. We are not an emergency night shelter. 

  • We want to see homeless women transform their lives and make long­term change. 
  • We want to break the cycle of homelessness and we are committed to supporting women into their own independent housing.
  • We are not a band aid solution to homelessness.
  • We have a referral process for taking in new women so that Awhina House is a safe place for every woman who is under our roof.
  • Awhina House is a part of the community­wide response to the multi­faceted issue of homelessness.
  • At Awhina House homeless women are nurtured, supported and advocated for. 
  • We are a residential home with up to 12 women living in our house at one time.

Our core values

  • Awhi – To embrace and support women who are homeless
  • Aroha – To show affection, concern, sympathy, compassion, empathy
  • Manaakitanga – To show hospitality, kindness and respect to all
  • Rangatiratanga – To be able to make own choices, make own decisions, have a voice
  • Whanau – To build strong relationships and trust

Want to Donate?

We would love that! We need financial support to keep the lights on and to keep our women housed, fed and supported.