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.

Whānau 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.

Latest News and Updates

Transitions Kaimahi Position Available!

May 29, 2019

Purapura Whetu is seeking to fill a full time position in our team. Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates to provide high quality services to the whanau we serve. Click here to find out more about the vacancy and how to apply.

Daily Activities at Purapura Whetu

April 30, 2019

This term we have activities running each day to support wellbeing. We have a wide range of social and educational activities detailed in the timetable below. Please click here to make a referral to our day programmes service or click here to read our eligibility criteria for this service. Our programmes coordinator Brigid is available…


"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