Our Vision

Future generations of New Zealanders raising strong healthy families.

Many young New Zealanders aspire to a better life for themselves and their family but are limited by their own upbringing and personal circumstances. Creating a family of their own is often a response to their own past experience; one that quickly leads to stress and strain rather than the fulfilment and belonging they had hoped for. They find themselves with a family for which they lack the resources, skills and support to look after.

Our goal is to give opportunity to those families who are most vulnerable to transform their family life for good.

Our vision and values guide and direct us in our work.

Our Values

Whanaungatanga - Connected
We seek to form the kind of relationships that connect us to whānau as whānau.

Te Māia - Courage
We are courageous with families, partners and ourselves.

Manaaki - Respect
We seek equal and fair treatment for all, valuing the uniqueness of each person.

Te Whakahaere - Stewardship
We are committed to investing our resources and time efficiently and effectively.

Our Faith Statement

As a faith-based organisation we follow Jesus Christ. We value honesty and respect that enable true connectedness that comes from journeying together as a family. We practise this way so that life and hope may be known by all and lived in all its fullness.

I runga i te kaupapa whakapono e whai ana tātou i a Ihu Karaiti. Ka whakanui tātou i te pono me te whakaute e taea ai te honohono pono e puta mai ana i te haere tahi hei hapu. E mahi ana mātou i tēnei tikanga kia mōhio ai te katoa ki te ora me te tūmanako, kia noho ai i roto i te katoa.


Being a parent is one of the hardest and most important things we do. We seek to give parents the opportunity to become all God has created them to be as that person who carries the responsibility for the young lives entrusted to their care.
Ruby Duncan, Founding CEO

We're Proud Of


A mum who overcame her past to build a new life for her and her children.

Letechia holding her baby daughter

Letechia was referred to Iosis’s Merivale Whanau Development Centre when she was still pregnant with her third child. She had just completed a residential programme for drug addiction. At Merivale she learned how to connect with her newborn, care for herself, and parent all her children safely.

“If it wasn’t for Merivale, I wouldn’t have my daughter with me, and that’s the most scary thought in the world. I’m just so grateful that I was given the chance to prove myself.”

Read more of Letechia’s story