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Kaupapa Māori Health, Mental Health and Social Services

Are you experiencing issues affecting your mental health? Or does someone in your whānau need help? 

Our experienced team support whānau to get well, stay well, live well, to reach for the stars and beyond. As a kaupapa Māori provider, we combine clinical, cultural and community support into services that embrace the Māori view of wellbeing.

We offer a range of services at no cost for all ages including:

Whānau Ora Community Support

Purapura Whetu provides a whānau centred approach to community support work supporting those affected by mental health issues to achieve independence.

Oranga Day Activities Programme

We offer day activities to improve the wellbeing of whānau affected by mental health issues. We have a weekly timetable of activities that changes each term.

Tū Pono Connect

 This service provides brief intervention and support for whānau who have unmet needs with a focus on homelessness, family violence, suicide prevention, and bullying.

Te Hā Waitaha – Stop Smoking Canterbury

Purapura Whetu work alongside Te Hā Waitaha - Stop Smoking Canterbury to promote smoke-free whānau.

Christchurch Youth Mental Health Service

This service is for 13-18 year olds who may be facing mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues. The service offers assessment, treatment and support for rangatahi.

Te Oriori

This service is for whanau with tamariki aged 0-7 years. It offers education and support for parents/caregivers with a focus on infant and child mental health.

Transition to Adulthood

This is a support service for young people in their transition from the care or youth justice system to adulthood

Latest News and Updates

Muslim Community Support at Purapura Whetu

October 10, 2019

We are very excited to welcome five new kaimahi to the Purapura Whetu whānau. Yesterday at Rehua Marae we held a powhiri for our new Muslim community support workers who have come on board to help support the health and social needs of the Muslim community in Christchurch. We have worked with the Muslim community…

Day Activities Term 3 2019

July 10, 2019

We have some new programmes starting this term like Awesome Matua, knitting and pastel art as well as some old favourites like weaving, swimming and many more! Check out the timetable below to see what else we have running this term. Complete the referral form below if you aren’t enrolled at Purapura Whetu and would…


"Following the Christchurch earthquakes, I was affected by post-traumatic stress. I struggled with post-natal adjustment and post-natal depression following the birth of my daughter. My relationship fell apart. 

My daughter began having problems with anxiety, stress and anger and I became concerned that these issues were keeping her from being the happy, healthy little girl she could be. 

In my search for support, I was lucky to find the Purapura Whetu Trust. 

With help from the Trust, my daughter is able to work through and understand her feelings in a way that is age-appropriate and fun. She is excited to attend community activities held by the Trust. 

The Trust has also helped me understand my role as a mother, and supported me to overcome some of the struggles I face as a busy mum. 

The experience has been invaluable to my family. Purapura Whetu has given us the support and advice we need not only survive, but to help us thrive as a family." - Anonymous

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