Department of Corrections is working with Ngāti Toa and Te Āti Awa to establish a new kaupapa Māori supported accommodation service in Naenae, Lower Hutt that will be called Te Whare Whakaruruhau o Raumanuka.
The proposed servicewill provide wrap-around support and transitional accommodation for up to twenty-six men to facilitate their reintegration back into the Hutt Valley and wider Wellington community.
The service will be delivered by a Ngāti Toa and Te Āti Awa service provider and will operate from three sites in close proximity to each other. It will prioritise men who whakapapa to or have close whānau ties within Ngāti Toa and Te Āti Awa, who are mana whenua in the area.
Residents will live at the service for between six to twelve months, but some may stay for up to eighteen months if they need further support to reintegrate into the community. They must be assessed as being willing and ready for the reintegration and pro-social support that the service will provide. They will have opted in to live at the service and will receive support to find employment or further their training or education while living there.
People who have sexual offences against children or adults or who have high and complex needs will not be eligible to live at the service.
We are currently working with Ngāti Toa and Te Āti Awa to engage with the Naenae community to tell them about what we want to do and explore how we can work together if we decide to go ahead. We will update this page throughout our community engagement.
Find out more
Ngāti Toa and Te Āti Awa have published information about the proposed service on their website that includes detailed answers to frequently asked questions.
If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact the project team: