Whangarei Children's Team

Whangarei Children's Team illustration

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

With your basket and my basket the people will live

“This proverb reminds me of the Children’s Team way of working as it refers to co-operation and the combination of resources to get ahead. We can, and are, radically altering the future of our children by working in this unique way.”  - Lianne Egli, Regional Children’s Team Director

One of the first Children's Teams, Whangarei was launched on 1 October 2013.

Refer a child

If you are concerned about a child (unborn to under 18) you can refer them to the Children’s Team. Referrals to the Children’s Team can be made by agencies, practitioners (e.g. teachers and nurses), friends or the families themselves. We do not accept anonymous referrals and the family must consent to the referral being completed. Read the Children's Team entry criteria [DOCX, 595 KB] or find out more about referring to Children's Teams.

To refer a child to the Whangarei Children’s Team:

  1. download and complete the referral and consent form [DOCX, 309 KB] (external link)

Then drop the completed form off to our office at 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei. The forms should be in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Children’s Team and marked ‘Private and Confidential’

Please do not email the referral form with any personal information about the child or family/whānau.

If you have any questions about referring a child to the Children's Team you can email the team at: WhangareiTeam@childrensactionplan.govt.nz

Whangarei Children’s Team covers the area of Whangarei central.

Meet the Whangarei Children's Team

Regional Children’s Director, Lianne EgliLianne Egli, Regional Children's Director

Whangarei Regional Children's Director Lianne Egli has been with the Whangarei Children’s Team since the beginning.

Lianne’s background in change management and a desire to come home to Northland inspired her to move into this role. Before that she worked for the Ministry of Justice in senior positions including Director of Transformational Change.

Lianne says the results for vulnerable children gained from this approach are huge. “The outcomes of doing it right are just so important, and can influence generations to come. It’s really important and exciting, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for Whangarei.”

To contact Lianne, email: Lianne.Egli@childrensactionplan.govt.nz

Whangarei Children’s TeamWhangarei Children's Team

The Whangarei Children’s Team (pictured right) come from government agencies and non-government organisations throughout Whangarei.

Working alongside Lianne in the Whangarei office is Children’s Team Co-ordinator Tanya Hay and Team Administrator Carol Manukau.

Seated in the front row (left to right): Tracey Poutama, Service Broker – Education, Lianne Egli, Regional Children’s Director, Tanya Hay, Children’s Team Co-ordinator.

Standing in the back row (left to right): Nikki Beazley, Service Broker – Health, Katrina Cowie, Service Broker – Justice, Karen Wren, Service Broker – Social Services and Carol Manukau, Team Administrator.

To contact the Whangarei Children's Team, email: whangareiteam@childrensactionplan.govt.nz

Whangarei Local Governance Group

The Social Wellbeing Governance Group (SWGG) governs the Whangarei Children’s Team and is comprised of key leaders from government agencies and iwi.  This group of leaders ensures the Children’s Team Director has the resources necessary to address the unmet needs of our vulnerable children and their family/whānau.

SWGG members are:

  • Superintendent Russell Le Prou – District Commander, New Zealand Police (Co-chair)
  • Dr Nick Chamberlain – Chief Executive, Northland District Health Board (Co-chair)
  • Dr John Langley – Regional Manager, Child, Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development
  • Hira Gage – Regional Director, Ministry of Education
  • Haami Piripi - Te Runanga O Te Rarawa (representing Tai Tokerau Iwi chairs)
  • Nicole Devereux – Regional Manager, Community Investment, Ministry of Social Development
  • Tui Marsh – Regional Director, Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Eru Lyndon – Regional Commissioner, Work & Income, Ministry of Social Development
  • Lianne Egli – Regional Children’s Director, Children’s Team


Whangarei Children’s Team panel

The Whangarei Children’s Team panel is made up of a range of experts and practitioners who are responsible for reviewing referrals, assigning a Lead Professional to work with the child and their family and approving and monitoring the progress against the Child’s Plan.

The Whangarei Children’s Team panel members are:

  • Lianne Egli, Regional Children’s Director
  • Dr Roger Tuck, Clinical Advisor, Paediatrician, Northland District Health Board
  • Mariameno Kapa-Kingi, Cultural Advisor, General Manager, Ngati Hine Health Trust
  • Katrina Campbell - Practice Advisor, Child Youth and Family
  • Sonja Jorissen, Clinical Advisor, Psychologist – Northland District Health Board
  • Tracey Poutama, Service Broker Education, Ministry of Education
  • Katrina Cowie, Service Broker Justice, Department of Corrections
  • Karen Wren, Service Broker Social Services, Ministry of Justice
  • Nikki Beazley, Service Broker Health, Northland District Health Board