Whare Kahikā - Home Safety App


Whare Kahikā is an app giving whānau knowledge to create a safe physical home environment for tamariki.

Whare Kahikā is another term for ancestral home. It represents the inherent qualities in Māori knowledge systems and customs. These qualities inform safety mechanisms for whānau, hapū and iwi.

More than 200 children are hospitalised (24 hours or more) every month as a result of unintentional injuries sustained in the home.
Whare Kahikā is a checklist that allows you to check, room by room, that your home is safe for tamariki .

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The app is available in te reo Māori and English.

  • Designed for your home.

  • Follow the checklist room by room.

  • Discover what you do well.

  • Tick off what you already do to keep your home safe.

  • Make changes that matter.

  • Be guided by your personalised safety list.

  • Learn as you go.

  • Read about each home safety risk.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Whare Kahikā?

Whare Kahikā is a home safety app that allows users to identify potential injury risks to children in their homes. The app provides educational information, solutions and links to sellers of safety devices.

Who is Whare Kahikā for?

Whare kahikā is for everyone that has children living in, or visiting their home.

How does Whare Kahikā work?

The app works on a room-by-room structure. For each room of the home, e.g. bathroom, you will be taken through a series of questions. After a check of each room has been completed, you are provided with a personalised checklist of items needed to make the recommended changes.

How do I download and use Whare Kahikā?

Whare Kahikā is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. It is also available as a web version for those who are not able to download the app to a smartphone.



Need support?
Email us at safekidsaotearoa@adhb.govt.nz