Just a quick update for the community on a few things happening over here at Tūtaki. 

Since the departure of our previous General Manager Ellen Hall, Constable Simon Howard has stepped into the role of interim General Manager. Simon is a Police Project leader specialising in the field of Family Violence, Care & Protection and Youth Justice. With a background spanning 20-years of policing the Central Taranaki community, a diploma in Business and Management; and is an avid gym enthusiast Simon has got a finger on the pulse of our operations.

Simon’s mission as Interim GM is to:

  1. Support the Team
  2. Continue and grow our service to the community
  3. Provide our governance with options for the future


Simon intends to do this by working from Tūtaki for three (or so) months in the facility, amongst the team, clients and our partners. During this time Simon will continue to be employed by the NZ Police and spend his time with Tūtaki in service delivery, business and governance.

“While the task is a big one, I am well supported by my team, police management and in particular, my governance. Team Tūtaki Governance will analyse the options that Simon discovers. Our governance will then make a decision on how we can best serve our community into the future.”

In other good news, the kitchen and youth space are back up-and-running after a burst pipe in January which resulted in a few months of no use as repairs got underway.

Our collaborations with NZ Police, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Teen Parent Unit, Ngati Ruanui Health, Kai Kitchen and Youth Council are going strong – the place is buzzing.

We invite you down for a look and to have a chat about helping us decide our future – come help us help others.