Culture and Family Wellbeing Support 

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi

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Support for Muslim families living in Christchurch

  • All ages
  • Referrals can be made by health professionals, Imam's of the mosques or self/family members
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  • Free service

Our team provides culturally appropriate, multilingual support for families in the Muslim community.

We provide a confidential and non-judgmental service focused on the individual needs of each client. Our team empower people in their daily lives, advocate for their needs and are able connect them with relevant agencies if required.

Our mobile team will provide support to the Muslim community in the Canterbury area in their home and/or the community. We understand that each situation is unique, so we tailor the support to suit you.

We support whānau with:

  • Holistic care, treatment and wellness plans
  • Practical daily living, household management and developing routines
  • Identifying your goals and supporting you with the steps to achieve them
  • Pursuing a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and healthy eating
  • Finding training, study, and job opportunities including support with applications
  • Relationship building with friends and family
  • Connection with the community
  • Access to social, legal and community services
  • Advocacy with social, legal and community services

Pōwhiri Refugee Family Support Settlement Service

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  • Referrals to Pōwhiri are made through Immigration New Zealand.
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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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Pūmotomoto - The First 2000 Days 

Purapura Whetu has developed a service to support whānau from the start of life(conception to 5 years). This is in response to the large body of research and knowledge that highlights this period of life as the most critical for early brain development, human connection and relationship building. It impacts lifelong health, wellbeing and social outcomes.

Our service is called Pūmotomoto, which is the long flute that traditionally chants mātauranga māori wisdom and knowledge and whakapapa through the fontanelle of the pēpi in the womb, at birth and in infancy.

We are based in Essex St in Phillipstown under the support of Te Oriori (0-12 year programme) and provide a wrap around Kaupapa service including:

·       midwifery care

·       perinatal counselling

·       support workers

·       pēpi and whānau groups

·       parent education

·       breast feeding support

·       hapū wānanga for māmā and papa

·       support with whānau with diabetes in pregnancy, a hospital journey in NICU, Maternity, Paediatrics or Mothers and Babies

·       smokefree and nutrition education

·       Rongōa practice

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Te Oriori

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  • Any whānau in Canterbury who have tamariki aged 0-12 years
  • Whānau support, counselling, therapy, and group programmes
  • Most programmes are at held at the Phillipstown Community Hub
  • Free service
  • Contact:

Te Oriori is a kaupapa Māori, whānau centered service for parents/caregivers of tamariki aged 0-12 years. Te Oriori offers individual support, counselling, therapy and different group programmes from Monday to Friday at the Phillipstown Community Hub.

The group welcome all who come, and encourages a sense of belonging, respect and kindness. The programme supports the mental health and wellbeing of tamariki by enhancing the mana of parents/caregivers and empowering them with knowledge, skills and strategies to support them in their role as parent/caregiver.

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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.

Te Whiri Ora

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  • Whānau with tamariki
  • Whānau who have complex needs and has/require multiple agencies involved to support wellbeing
  • Free service
  • Contact:

Te Whiri Ora is a coordination service that supports agencies to work together with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau to achieve their aspirations.

Te Whiri Ora aims to prioritise an equitable and timely response for Māori and Pasifika tamariki and whānau to address disparities. The service's response places tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in the centre and supports them to have a strong voice in identifying their hopes and supports needs.

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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.