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).

"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."


E whakapona ana matou
Te orangatonutanga o te tangata
Na Te whanau te kaha, te wana, te wehi
E tūkaha matou
Ka atawhaitia nei te Whai Oranga
Ka āwhinatia nei te Koronga
Ka mauheretia nei te aratika
Ka tirohangahia nei te purapura whetu

Tu tururu o whiti whakamaua kia tina!
Haumi e, Hui e
Taiki e

We believe

In the wellspring of mankind

In the life strengthening gifts of family

We encourage

The pursuit of wellbeing

Knowing life's purpose

the way of right thinking

Looking to the stars and beyond

Latest news and updates

Are You In Crisis?

Purapura Whetu is not a crisis service.

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