Navigators In Te Waipounamu

We invest in Navigator roles to support and build whānau capability. Whānau Ora Navigators work alongside whānau to identify their strengths, dreams and aspirations.

Navigators support whānau to access resources, expert support and help coordinate services.


Navigators support whānau to:

  • Work their way with them through crisis and link them to the appropriate services
  • Collaborate, broker services and advocate ensuring their needs are addressed in a holistic way.
  • Help develop a step-by step plan to achieve their goals and aspirations.
  • Identify and strengthen their support networks.
  • Reduce any risk of harm to whānau.
  • Uplift their mana and create opportunities for cultural connectedness.

Enquire About Navigators

There are a number of Whānau agencies throughout Te Waipounamu / The South Island that have Navigator role. If you want to know more or to refer a whānau to a Navigator, enquire below.





The Tātai Whetu Brand for Whānau Ora Navigators by Māui Studios

The Tātai Whetu Brand for Whānau Ora Navigators by Māui Studios


Utilising a contemporary intranet, our Whānau Ora Navigators have the ability to organise themselves across the motu. They have the ability to communicate and share ideas in a digital space that ensures that we are effectively meeting the needs and aspirations of whānau throughout Te Waipounamu.

This design was co-created with Pari Hunt and Maire Kipa to depict the Navigators of Te Putahitanga.
Here stands two celestial entities. One male, one female. The male holds a toki, which is a tool used for carving out waka or cutting down trees. The female holds the tewhatewha. This is representative of leadership in Te Ao Māori. They are each adorned with respective moko to represent their prestige and mana levels. 

The male wears the matau around his neck which is used as a fish hook and is fitting for a sea traveller.  The female wears the 9 stars of Matariki, and these are seen as sign posts of direction for the traveller.

The travellers are the many kaupapa supported by the Te Putahitanga funding initiative. The travellers, at times of need, look to the celestial entities, much like they look to Te Putahitanga Navigators, for guidance. 

The koru designs here are represented as waves, and speak of the challenges ahead. And the pūhoro below speak of movement forward.