• We promote conversations and activities within Money Mates that help build the long term financial capability of our clients, to improve wellbeing for themselves, their whanau and the community.

  • Through joint sharing and learning we provide the opportunity to interact, form relationships, learn new skills and share experiences in an informal peer support setting.


Te Whare Putea manage the Kaikoura Community Foodbank, based at the Heartlands Centre.  Donations are made at New World Supermarket and by churches or collections at community events.  Funds to stock the foodbank are donated from a range of individuals, groups and organisations.

People needing foodbank assistance are interviewed by one of our staff to work out their needs.  

Each year we assist more than 200 people with food.  Donations are always needed.  Items to donate include:

  • breakfast items (cereal, bread, butter, milk)

  • school lunch items (bread, spreads, fruit, cheese, crackers, plain biscuits)

  • main meals (easy preparation items, pasta, rice, eggs, tinned goods, sausages, mince etc)

  • basics (tea, coffee, milo, flour, tinned fruit, general baking items)

  • sanitary needs (toilet paper, women's needs, shampoo, soap etc)

  • baby nappies and wipes

  • cleaning products (laundry powder, dishwash liquid, detergent)

  • pet food

Please contact us at Te Whare Putea on 909 9292 or 027 333 4480 for further information.


Our financial mentor, Lyn will take into account the complexity of people's needs and provide you with more than just budget advice.

Lyn will focus on empowering people and making connections with a range of social services to ensure people get the right support.

Te Whare Putea's financial mentor:

  • Is empathetic, has cultural understanding and experience, and is able to coach and empower people, and be open-minded

  • Use the new Financial Plan of Action to develop a focused plan that will suit the person and their situation/whānau

  • Take a strengths-based approach to reduce the cycle of crisis where possible

  • Use clear lines of communication with Work and Income for your needs ensuring your privacy is respected at all times

  • Use other relationships and networks in the social sector to support their work to ensure people get the right support at the right time 

  • Support and empower people to  negotiate reduced payments or generate additional resources

  • Access support when needed. Oversee positive changes and help set and reach realistic and sustainable financial goals.

Contact Lyn at Te Whare Putea on

027 333 2200

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