Our Services

Purapura Whetu Trust is a Māori Health and social service provider based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our range of services continues to grow and expand meeting the needs of whanau.

Whānau Ora Community Support

  • All ages
  • Anyone over 18 must have a diagnosis of a mental illness
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Free service
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Purapura Whetu offer a whānau centred approach to community support work, assisting people of all ages with mental health issues 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 the Canterbury area in their home and/or the community. We understand that each situation is unique so we tailor the support to you.

We support whānau with:

  • Kaupapa Māori care, treatment and wellness plans
  • Practical daily living, household management and developing routines
  • Identifying your goals and supporting you with the steps to achieving them
  • Pursuing a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and healthy eating
  • Finding training, study and job opportunities and 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
  • Access to Māori/Iwi services and support
  • Referrals can be made by health professionals and self/whānau members


  • All ages
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Free service*
  • Please note there may be a waiting list for this service

*Supervision fees may apply.

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Purapura Whetu offers professional, short to medium term counselling for all ages. Our counselling service is open to those who may be experiencing mental health issues or are affected by the mental health issues of somebody close to them.

Contact us to discuss whether our service is appropriate for you.

We provide counselling services for:

  • Mental health issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma and sexual abuse
  • Earthquake-related issues
  • Relationship/Couples
  • Parenting issues
  • Child and Family Therapy

Referrals can be made by health professionals and self/whānau members.


  • 13-18 years
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Free service

Community Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) is a service run in conjunction with Purapura Whetu, Odyssey House and Stepping Stones Trust for young people aged 13-18 years who may be facing mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues.

The service provides short-term intervention which includes assessment, treatment and support. CYMHS will also coordinate and support youth and families into longer-term treatment if required. Young people can be seen at school, health clinics, or at home.

Oranga Day Activities

  • All ages
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Free service
  • Must have an assigned support worker
  • Spaces may be limited
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Our day activities programmes are for Children, Youth, Adults and Whānau affected by Mental Health issues. We offer a weekly timetable of activities that change each school term. 

The activities we offer focus on supporting whānau to get involved in their community, make friends and improve their health. We run activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle, physical activity, creativity and connecting to Te Ao Māori. 

The timetable of activities running this term can be found here. 

If the activity you wish to attend is not running this term, please contact us, we love your suggestions for future activities programmes. 

To become involved in our day activities you must have an assigned community support worker, peer support worker or clinician from one of the listed organisations:

  • Purapura Whetu
  • Kakakura Health Services
  • Comcare Trust
  • Emerge Aotearoa
  • Stepping Stone Trust
  • Pathways Health
  • MHAPS – Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support 

Clients must have a meet and greet with programmes coordinator prior to attending day activities. 

Each activity may be Open (Casual attendance, can join part way through the term) or Closed (Consistent attendance for the duration of the programme is required). 

Referrals are accepted from Health Professionals and Self/Whānau. 

For further information about our day activities please contact our Programme Coordinator Rachel on 0220103358

Click here to read our Rules/Kawa

Te Hā Waitaha

  • All ages
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Free service
  • Anyone can register
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Purapura Whetu work alongside Te Hā Waitaha “Stop Smoking Canterbury” to promote smoke free whanau. This service is for anybody who is wanting to become Smoke free. If you are pregnant or living with a pregnant person, there is specific support available for you. 

Our Stop Smoking Practitioner offers free advice, support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy products (patches, gum and lozenges). We also offer advice on other medications and support. 

Our Stop Smoking Practitioner is trained to help you to make your quit a success. Once you or your whānau register for support, we will contact you to discuss how we can help. We will work with you to set a quit date, and provide ongoing support so you can stay Smoke free.

After an initial face-to-face meeting, you can tailor a stop smoking programme that works for you – it could include face-to-face meetings, texting, phone calls, skyping, emails, or attending group sessions. 

Find out how much your smoking is costing you using this calculator from Quitline

Adult Mental Health Services
  • School Years 1-8
  • Specific Schools in Canterbury
  • Entry pathway is through referral by the school
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Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow was established in March 2018 to promote wellbeing and positive mental health for children in school years 1-8 across Canterbury.

The initiative aims to provide early intervention and support for teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing. Kaimahi can support individual children and groups of children and provide advice, guidance and support for teachers and parents/ whānau.

The Mana Ake service is now available to children in several school clusters across Canterbury, including:

  • Tamai
  • Uru Mānuka
  • Te Ara Tuhuru
  • Katote
  • Totaranui
  • Ngā Mātāpuna o te Waihora
  • Tipu Māia
  • Christchurch City
  • Ōtākaro
  • Waimairi-iri
  • Ngā Peka o Tauwharekākaho
  • Te Mana Raupō

Mana Ake Kaimahi are employed by 13 non-government organisations including Purapura Whetu (NGOs) who make up the provider network. Kaimahi have a diverse range of skills and include psychologists, social workers, whānau ora kaimahi, counsellors and youth workers.

Stuff Article about Mana Ake: https://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/108928382/Mental-health-service-for-Canterbury-schools-receives-500-requests-in-seven-months