Family Service Centre Takanini

In January 2014 we opened the doors to our warm and colourful brand new Centre, established in partnership with the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association, whose superb early learning centre provides a beautiful environment for the local children. 

Over thousands of people have already benefited from what is available to them: HIPPY, counselling, family therapy, parenting support, adult literacy and numeracy and a playgroup.


Social Services Teams

To support the person or people we are working with (‘clients’) with their day-to-day challenges we have community social workers, counsellors and Social Workers in Schools (SWiS). We also offer parenting support as needed, practical advice and help for parents with managing their children's behaviour, helping deal with problems and building stronger, healthier relationships.

Community Social Workers

We have a team of community social workers who provide social work intervention, targeted towards vulnerable children, young people and their families living in Counties-Manukau who are at risk of abuse, harm or offending.  Referrals are received from a range of community agencies and an initial assessment is completed (includes consent form) to ascertain the assistance or support for the referral. At times external agencies may be included to assist the referral where further support may be required.

Counselling Room at Takanini

We have two experienced counsellors available to listen in confidence to members of the community and assist them to find a pathway to better understand themselves and others. Our counsellors specialise in counselling for children, women and couples but men's counselling is also available.

Parenting Support

We offer parenting support and help for parents with managing their children's behaviour, helping deal with problems and building stronger, healthier relationships.

We also run the Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) which gives parents simple and practical advice to help them confidently manage their children's behaviour, prevent problems developing and to build strong, healthy relationships. Carseats for families

Topics for 0-12 Years

    • Managing fighting and aggression
    • Hassle-free outings with children
    • Dealing with disobedience
    • Developing good bedtime routines

Topics for 

    • Getting Teenagers to Co-operate
    • Coping with Teenagers Emotions
    • Reducing Family Conflict
    • Building Teenagers Survival Skills

Licensed PlaygroupPlaygroup at Takanini

We run a fun and interactive playgroup for under-fives. This is a safe and supportive way to meet other parents while engaging with your child.

Rain or shine — we always have fun at playgroup!

Playgroup happens during Term time at our Takanini centre. All under-fives and their parent/caregiver are welcome (A parent or caregiver must remain with their child during playgroup).

Playgroup Hours:

Tuesday, 10am-12pm

Thursday, 12pm-2pm

HIPPY Programme

We offer HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) at our Takanini Centre.

As part of the HIPPY programme parents work with their child at home for 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Children build knowledge in maths, reading and writing, while developing their cognitive, creative and social skills meaning they are better prepared to start primary school.

Community Services and Facilities

Learning Together at our FSC

Several community groups make use of our facilities and offer their services to our clients, including Plunket, Manukau Institute of Technology, Parenting Through Separation and Homeopathy.

We also have:

      • Room Hire Available
      • Parent changing facilities
      • Justice of the Peace— by Appointment ONLY

  • We are grateful for the huge amount of support we receive from our community, assisting us to continue helping children, young people and families towards brighter futures.

    Takanini Family Service CentreCONTACT DETAILS

    Opening Hours
    Monday to Friday
    8.30am - 4.30pm

    8 Oakleigh Avenue, Takanini


    (09) 974 4719


    [email protected]