Welcome to Hāpai Whanau
A charity with a bright vision for family
Hāpai Whanau was founded in 2015 by Mike & Julie Edwards. The organisation was born out of their fostering journey, You can see their story here.
One of the guiding principles at Hāpai Whanau is to love without an agenda. Our staff and volunteers all share this common goal; to help parents enjoy parenting and build healthy relationships with their children.
All Hāpai Whanau’s resources are researched and science based.
Whilst relationship is the common goal of all our resources, it’s also perhaps the unspoken aim of every parent; A healthy relationship with our children.
Our courses weave scientific insights with your own wisdom so you and your whānau can flourish.
Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs and cultures.
None of us have nailed parenting or relationships; among us are single mums, Grandma’s, and married couples – all with vastly different looking families.
One of our guiding principles is loving without an agenda. This value is important for our mahi as science continues to prove the power of unconditional love in parenting. It is also a cornerstone value at Hāpai Whānau. It informs everything we do, most importantly, the selection of our staff and volunteers.
It’s this drive which has created an incredibly inclusive organizational culture with a fantastic team of bright, hopeful positive people who believe in family.