Welcome to MECOSS

We help put you in touch with organizations and services that are available to you and your family in our Manukau East Community.

Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS) is a portal to all kinds of services in our community.


Our Story

Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS), optimises the delivery of HEALTH, WELLBEING, SAFETY and EDUCATION to Auckland's Manukau East community through Social Services, the Manukau East Shopping Shuttle, Community Networking Meetings, Capacity and Capability Development, Dance Yourself Happy,
the MECOSS Newsletter and Advocacy

What is an NGO?

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a non-profit, citizen-based group that functions independently of government. NGO's rely on a variety of sources for funding projects, operations, salaries and other overhead costs.

In Auckland, the network includes:

  • Auckland District COSS
  • Franklin COSS
  • Kauri Trust Youth Services
  • Manukau East COSS
  • Nga Manga o Mangere
  • North Shore COSS
  • Waiheke Island COSS
  • Community Waitakere

Northland members are:

  • Kaitaia COSS
  • Whangarei COSS

We offer the following services:

Manukau East Shopping Shuttle

A door to door service every Thursday on alternate weeks to Botany Town Centre or Pakuranga Plaza.

$10 includes;

Morning pick-up from home, 2 hours of shopping, a chat and a cup of coffee or tea before being returned home early afternoon.

A companion shopper and/or mobility equipment is available upon request.

To book call 0800 632 677

Bookings: Must be made on a Monday of every week. Please do leave a message if you receive an answering service and your call will be returned.

Cancellations: Must be advised as soon as possible.

The Manukau East Shopping Shuttle pick-up and drop-off area includes:

Bucklands Beach peninsula, Pakuranga, Howick, Botany, Dannemora and Chapel Road (from Whitford Road to Stancombe Road).

Important Note: Clients should be mobile enough to enter and exit the bus independently with minimal help. Unfortunately, wheelchairs cannot be accomodated.

MECOSS Capability & Capacity Development

Our programmes and courses are designed to assist your organization in building capability and capacity, develop and strength leadership and to support you and your team to be adaptive and resilient in an ever changing environment.

Interested in providing short-training and capacity-building-courses?

Building capacity is at the heart of community development and community empowerment. When communities are well organised, inclusive, influential and cohesive they create a positive environment for people to enjoy a good quality of life.

If communities are to be fully engaged in discussions, decisions and actions around needs and problems, they need to have the ability to work on equal terms with service planners and providers.

As part of MECOSS' work to increase the capacity of individuals and groups working at a community level in Manukau East, we are keen to open up opportunities for them, to access development opportunities.

If your group or organisation is interested in providing short-training and capacity building courses to enrich voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, or suggest a course you'd like MECOSS to consider running, please email admin@mecoss.org.nz

MECOSS Newsletter

A free monthly e-communication with information about what's happening in Auckland's Manukau East community.

To subscribe please email admin@mecoss.org.nz

Love writing about community?
Become a Guest Blogger for the MECOSS Newsletter

To submit your article, here's what you need to know:

  • Your article needs to be well written
  • An original.
  • About community and/or the service you offer to the community.
  • You need a short author bio and one anchor text line (maximum) to your own Facebook page or website.
  • Ensure you credit data, quotes and any third-party content is referenced in the article.
  • Article should be at least 300 words.
  • Avoid self-promotion.

Please note: MECOSS reserves the right to edit and update your content.

Please submit your article to admin@mecoss.org.nz

MECOSS Community Networking Meetings

Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS), facilitates two networking forums; the Pakuranga and Botany & Flat Bush & Ormiston Community Networking Meeting.

Our meetings take place eleven times a year, enabling community organisations, social service providers, government agencies and the general public a platform for connecting and networking with each other.

By sharing information about each other's activities, our networking meetings provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in forming effective collaborative working relationships.

For further information and/or to book a speaking spot please email admin@mecoss.org.nz or phone 09 533 3685

Dance Yourself Happy

Dance Yourself Happy is an unstructured freestyle dance session. People of all age groups come along for the same reason - to move their bodies to uplifting music and to enhance their fitness and well-being.

Music guru Mari Pettersson, works her mojo to put-together an eclectic playlist of the best 70s-to-now dance music.

We guarantee you'll leave every Dance Yourself Happy session feeling gloriously exhilarated.

MECOSS Community Events

Our involvement in initiating local events aims to bring those living in the Manukau East region closer together by building relationships and social connectedness to help with creating an inclusive community.

MECOSS not only organises its own events but also offers its support to other worthy causes to bring about positive change and to make our local area a nice place to live in.

MECOSS Community Van for Hire

MECOSS has an 11 seater Community Van available for local organisations and groups to hire for activities and programmes that directly benefit residents living within Auckland and Manukau East.

The Community Van is available for day, evening, and weekend bookings. Included in the Community Van is a set of steps, making it easier for elderly folk to enter and exit the doorway.


To be eligible to hire the Community Van, an organisation must be an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation operating in Manukau East with a driver with a full licence who is over 21 years of age.

The Community Van is allocated to organisations and groups according to the needs of priority groups including:

  • frail older people
  • people with a disability (please note wheel chairs and mobility equipment cannot be transported on the Community Van
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • young people

Community Van Hire Fee:

On Request. Further charges will apply if the van is returned dirty, late or without fuel, and for late cancellation or failing to pick up the van.

For more information or to book, please email admin@mecoss.org.nz or phone 09 533 3685

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