Starfish Social Services is a not-for-profit, community centred youth and family service, based in the heart of the Matamata community.

With a holistic approach, we support tamariki, rangatahi and whānau within the Matamata–Piako and South Waikato districts, through youth leadership and development, counselling, social work, education, mentoring, life skills programmes, family harm prevention, suicide prevention and much more.

Often the first point of contact for community health and well-being referrals, Starfish provides wrap-around services to people of all ages to create opportunity for change, strengthen relationships and improve outcomes for young people and their whanau.

We are a dedicated mobile team, physically located in the heart of Matamata, that travels throughout the district, working collaboratively with Te Hauora o Ngati Haua, Morrinsville Community House, and local schools. We are supported by a vibrant local community, the Ministries of Social Development, Youth Development, the Ministry of Education and some incredible trusts that enable our work to continue.

We have a long history of supporting the very diverse youth communities of the district through youth leadership and development, event planning, counselling and/or social work, education, or assisting with financial supports and workplace options.  Life skills programmes for young people are regularly run to help  those with less resources than they should have.

Supporting Trusts

Starfish works in collaboration with its funders and the wider social services community and values these partnerships.

the starfish story

Original Story by: Loren Eisley

“One day a man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a boy hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “Young man, what are you doing?”

The Boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the ride is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make  any difference!”

After listening politely , the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then smiling at the man, he said.

“I made a difference to that one.”

15 Gordon Terrace, Matamata

Monday to Friday 

8:30am- 4:30pm

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07 888 8795