Accommodation And Life Transitions Support

Ngā Maihi Supported Youth Accommodation

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  • 16-24 years old
  • Available to those who have ever spent 90 days or more in Oranga Tamariki care or youth justice.
  • Referrals can be made through social worker or transitions worker.
  • Free service

We support rangatahi aged 16 to 24 who have been in Oranga Tamariki or Youth Justice care for 90 days or more at any point in their lives. Our focus is to encourage and support their journey to independence, promote recovery, development, and growth to maximise their potential for success and future lifestyle options.

We currently have a Whare Whakatau which is our Transitions House where we start to build relationships and make assessments on where to best place each young person. Where they are moved to then becomes their home for the duration of their stay, which can be a year or more. The ratio of one kaimahi to two rangatahi means we can provide intensive support.


Pōwhiri Refugee Family Support Settlement Service

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  • Referrals to Pōwhiri are made through Immigration New Zealand.
  • Contact:

Pōwhiri is a refugee settlement support service and means ‘to welcome’.
When refugees arrive into Ōtautahi, they will be matched with a Pōwhiri Wellness Navigator who will support their settlement into Ōtautahi for the first 12-24 months.

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Te Piringatahi

  • 13-24 years old
  • Available to whānau engaged with Purapura Whetu services - please ask.
  • Free service

Te Piringatahi is a kaupapa Māori service that supports rangatahi with their mental wellbeing, substance use and other behaviours that can have an impact on the rangatahi, their whanau and community.

The programme empowers rangatahi to:

  • build identity and confidence
  • understand oranga principles and values
  • grow knowledge to increase positive development for safe and healthy lifestyle choices and behaviours

Te Piringatahi work with rangatahi who want to change their situation in life, school, home, culture, and their future. Including one to one mentoring, counselling, weekly community programmes, home visits, and practical advice.

Te Waharoa

Te Waharoa, is a kaupapa Māori health service based in Waitaha/Christchurch that works with all whānau to achieve wellbeing.

Te Waharoa translates literally as the gateway so if you, your whānau, or your workplace want help to achieve better wellness we will do whatever we can to help you.  If we can't help you we will put you into contact with someone that can.

Please get in contact with us if you think we can help.

Transition to Adulthood Support Service

  • Young people aged 17-21
  • Transitioning from care or youth justice system to adulthood
  • Contact:
  • Free service

A service co-designed by young people themselves, to support them to successfully transition from statutory care and youth justice to adulthood.

This service ensures young people who are exiting a care service have access to day-to-day support from someone who cares as they learn to navigate independent living skills, the possibilities of vocational studies, employment and long-term wellbeing.

Our relationship based transition service is available to young people aged 17-21 years.

Young people will receive support from someone who respects them, won’t give up on them and will enhance their culture and identity.

This service assists young people to:

  • Find and negotiate accommodation that is appropriate to their wishes and needs.
  • Access the services they need.
  • Receive practical support to develop the skills and knowledge needed to manage their lives after care.
  • Emotional support to learn from their mistakes and continue to develop.
  • Be informed about and receive their entitlements.
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  • All ages
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Referrals can be made by you (self referrals), friends/whānau or health professionals
  • Free service

The purpose of the Whānau Ora Navigator service is to support whānau to achieve their aspirations. Navigators assist whānau to set long-term goals and plans, and encourage whānau to draw from their strengths in working towards these.

Navigators apply a kaupapa Māori approach while providing a range of services for the whole whānau, connecting whānau with other services and helping to advocate on their behalf. They take a unique approach that is responsive to the circumstances and needs of each whānau and ensures whānau rangatiratanga is at the forefront.