Our History

Established in 2002, Purapura Whetu Trust is a kaupapa Māori health, wellbeing and social service provider in Waitaha, Aotearoa (Canterbury, New Zealand). We support whānau to get well, stay well, live well, and reach for the stars and beyond.

Combining clinical, cultural, and community support that embrace the Māori view of wellbeing, our services are provided to all ages at no cost, and continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of whānau.

Referrals to most of our services can be made by anyone (e.g. self referral, referral by whānau/friend, referral by a professional such as GP).


Are You In Crisis?


Please refer to the following services for assistance:

Life Threatening Emergency
Dial 111

Urgent Mental Health Assistance
Available 24 hours,
7 days a week
Freephone 0800 920 092

Peer Support – Peer Led Warmline
Adults - 0508 927 654
Youthline - 0 800 376 633

Need to Talk?
Get information or support from a trained Counsellor
Free Text – 1737
Youthline Text – 234
Webchat available 10am - 10pm



Latest News and Updates

"Purapura Whetu is a space that has welcoming and caring people, so it's a place I look forward to going to."

"My life has been tumultuous this year. These groups have been a safe haven."

"I am making closer connections with the people I see more frequently, giving me a good sense of well being and starting to feel, in myself, a bit more valued."