Mental Health Support And Therapy


Kā Pou Whenua 

In February 2022 the Kā Pou Whenua Kaitiaki rōpū was established. The membership is made up of mana whenua and tāngata whenua from across Waitaha and Te Tai Poutini rōhe.

All members work across the mental health and/or addiction system and as such are considered subject matter experts for the care of whānau receiving mental health and addiction support, including specialist or inpatient care.

Currently there are 20 kaitiaki rōpū members each lending their expertise to shape and support the implementation of the Kā Pou Whenua.

For more information, please visit our website

  • 13 years old +
  • Anyone over 18 must have a diagnosis of a mental illness
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Referrals can be made by you (self referrals), friends/whānau or health professionals
  • Free service

Te Kākano Hauora

Poipoia te kākano kia puāwai.
Nuture the seed and it will bloom.

Te Kākano Hauora provides whānau centred community support for people with mental health challenges to gain the skills to manage their own lives, maintain wellness, and grow in confidence.

Our mobile team provide regular, ongoing support to people in their home and/or the community. We understand that each situation is unique so we tailor the support to you.

For more information, please visit our website

  • 18 years old +
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Must have an assigned support worker
  • Spaces may be limited
  • Free service
  • Contact:

Te Oranga

Te Oranga Activities are weekly programmes that support whānau affected with mental health challenges to get involved in their community, make friends, and improve their health by encouraging a healthy lifestyle, physical activity, creativity, and connection to Te Ao Māori.

Programmes change each term and currently include Ipurangi Ora (Technology Support), Whakairo (Carving), Toirau (Mixed Media Art), Turangawaewae (Exploring whakapapa), Mana Wāhine (Women’s Group), Tu Tāne (Men’s Group), Tiki Tours (Explore Ōtautahi), and Taiora (Swimming).

For more information, please visit

  • 18+ years old
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Referrals can be made by Purapura Whetu Trust, He Waka Tapu, and Te Whatu Ora Specialist Mental Health Service
  • Free service

Whakahohoro Te Hau

Whakahohoro Te Hau is a collaborative kaupapa Māori option for tangata whaiora experiencing mental distress. Partners for this service are Purapura Whetu Trust, He Waka Tapu and Te Whatu Ora Specialist Mental Health Service.

Focussing on strengths and using processes that are engaging and inclusive, Whakahohoro Te Hau addresses individual challenges, identifies needs and works in partnership with whānau to develop strategies to achieve realistic outcomes.

Whakahohoro Te Hau is co-delivered by a team of cultural, clinical, and non-clinical kaimahi and provides safe and holistic pathways to hauora, using Mātauranga Māori as the basis for engagement and service delivery.

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

Te Piringatahi

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.

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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.