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Innovative Employment and Navigation Services


We can support people who experience mental illness and/or have a disability to be valued members of their chosen community in a number of ways. We focus on people's strengths and talents, and help them plan for better futures.



Our Innovative Employment Services Team can assist with finding paid employment and provide ongoing support where needed. This support may include things like career planning, developing a C.V. or sourcing opportunities for employment. They also run a micro-business programme, working with a group of people who are developing their own businesses. alex


Our transition service is open to students aged 16 to 21 years who have very high needs, are ORRS funded and in their last year at school. Our aim is to provide uninterrupted movement from the last year at school into post school education, employment, community services and activities, with a co-ordinated plan implemented to assist the student with achieving their transition goals. 


IMG 2645Our Naviation Team have a range of courses in our day programme include life skills, citizenship, training, creative arts and recreation. We encourage everyone to try new activites, allowing them the dignity of risk, in order for them to gain greater self confidence and self esteem. We participate in activities that are available within the local area, making connections with the local community, as well as combining some of our day programmes with Community Led Education. Our programmes run on a termly basis and are available at our sites in Whakatane and Kawerau.


Contact us for more information about any of these services. 



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General Rules

Inclusive Learning Environments: Pou Whakaaro strives to ensure that learning is open and available to all members of our community and will attempt to provide assistance to those learners that require additional support. With this in mind, please be aware that the pace of class teaching and learning will depend on the needs and aspirations of all students.

Acceptance and Payment of Fees: Please consider that your enrolment is confirmed once you have returned a completed enrolment form and payment to us or direct to the tutor (where this is advised in any advertising) Fees are generally charged on a whole course basis and no refunds or discounts will be made where the student is unable to attend.

Cancelled Classes and Refunds: If there are insufficient enrolments, courses may be cancelled and we will attempt to inform you as early as possible. Full refunds will be made to students as soon as possible. NO refund will be made if you decide to withdraw from a class once it has started.

Compliments and Complaints: In the first instance, please speak directly to your tutor, or if you require contact the Community Education Coordinator in writing or by phone on 07 308 8170

Behaviour: I agree to treat the venue, equipment, tutor/s and other students with respect at all times. I understand that I may be asked to leave a course and forfeit fees if I act disrespectfully.

Please return this enrolment in person or by post to:

Community Education
Pou Whakaaro
40 Te Tahi Street
PO Box 2025 Whakatane