About us


Is a national centre for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ICAMH) workforce development.

The Centre's main office is located on City Road, just off Symonds Street in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.

We also have satellite offices in Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington and  Ōtautahi | Christchurch. 



In memory and celebration of Kaumatua Rāwiri Wharemate, it is time to completely embrace our name Whāraurau.

Matua Rāwiri was a key part of gifting the name Whāraurau after consultation with the Northern Regional Iwi Leaders Forum. Rāwiri was kaumātua for Whāraurau from 2003 until his passing in Pīpiri | June 2021.

‘Whāraurau’ is an early Māori term for small temporary transportable huts used to shelter gatherers of tītī - the muttonbird.

Whāraurau were constructed by using locally available resources, i.e. mānuka, nīkau, harakeke, etc. Whāraurau provided shelter and support for the workers, the hunters, and those plucking and preparing the birds.

In the same way, we at Whāraurau move about the country providing training and support to the workforce.

Matua Rawiri Wharemate

Whanonga Pono (Ngā Pou) - Our Values

Our values we wish to reflect in our work and our way of working are:

  • Aroha – Compassion, empathy, love
  • Kotahitanga – Unity in diversity is strength
  • Rangatiratanga – Leadership
  • Whanaungatanga – Teamwork/Community
  • Manaakitanga – Show respect, generosity and care for others
  • Kaitiakitanga – Stewardship, protection, duty, guardianship

Our overarching principle:
Respect for and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi which includes commitment to application of the principles in the actions and everyday practices of Whāraurau.

Empower the Workforce | Manaaki Mokopuna

Whāraurau aims to improve the mental health of young people in New Zealand/Aotearoa by:

  • developing the child and adolescent mental health workforce nationally;
  • providing training and resources of a high quality to mental health professionals; and
  • advocating for mental health needs of children, young people and their families/whānau;
  • promoting research in child and adolescent health.

Whāraurau provides national training and workforce development within the child and adolescent mental health sector.

We are contracted by the Ministries of Health and Education – through Auckland UniServices Ltd – to grow the capacity and capability of the infant, child and adolescent mental health and addictions workforce.

We work alongside three other Ministry-funded Mental Health Workforce Centres (Te Pou, and Te Rau Ora, Le Va).

Whāraurau and Te Pou partner in our joint Workforce Reference Group. This group has an advisory role to ensure we incorporate workforce and sector partnerships, feedback and advice into our work programme.  

Looking back


In 2021, we honour Mātua Rāwiri Wharemate and his legacy, his knowledge, wisdom and focus on ensuring mokopuna are at the forefront of what we do and how we do it. This is supported by our ongoing work as outlined in Ngā Wawata | Vision Statement: An enduring foundation: mātauranga Māori, whakapapa, kawa, tikanga, sincere whakawhanaungatanga. We are proud to carry the name: Whāraurau.


In 2016, ‘Werry Workforce Whāraurau’ emerged as a separate workforce arm of the once combined workforce, research and teaching entity that made up the original Werry Centre.


The Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health was launched by the Hon Annette King, Minister of Health, at Waipapa Marae at the University of Auckland in March 2003. The Centre was named after Professor John Werry who was the Foundation Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Auckland. John is one of the most distinguished academics and researchers in child and adolescent psychiatry in Australasia and is internationally acclaimed. He has been a tireless advocate for child and adolescents with mental health problems in New Zealand for many years.