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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


  • 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 is available in the news and updates section. Click here to see the timetable.

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. 

Referrals are accepted from Health Professionals and Self/Whānau. 

For further information about our day activities please contact our Programme Coordinator Brigid

Click here to read our Rules/Kawa

Te Hā Waitaha

  • All ages
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Free service
  • Anyone can register
  • Contact
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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. 

Email to get in touch with our Stop Smoking Practitioner.

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

Tū Pono Connect


We work with:

  • Whānau in Canterbury who are vulnerable, socially isolated and alienated from support networks and have unmet needs with a focus on homelessness, family violence, suicide prevention and bullying.
  • Whānau who experience barriers to accessing health and other support services
  • All ages
  • Contact

Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau is a whānau-driven movement, enabling a stronger Māori response to reduce and eliminate family harm and violence.

The Tū Pono Connect service can:

  • Assist whānau to gain access to health care and social services
  • Assist whānau navigate the health and social service system
  • Support whānau to attend initial appointments
  • Support whānau to identify and address needs impacting on their well-being
  • Provide information about resources available in the community and connect whānau with community support services.
  • Provide cultural support and link with interpreter services

The Tū Pono Connect service is not an emergency or crisis service.

Te Oriori

  • Any Whānau in Canterbury who have tamariki aged 0-7 years
  • Whare Takaro, play group - Wednesdays from 10am - 2pm
  • Beginners Te Reo/tikanga - Tuesdays from 10am - 11am
  • Awesome Whanau Parenting Programme - Fridays from 11am - 1pm
  • At The Phillipstown Hub

Te Oriori is a kaupapa Maori, whanau centred service for parents/caregivers of tamariki aged 0-7 years. Te Oriori offers different group programmes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Room 3 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.
For more information please contact Alice

Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow

  • School Years 1-8
  • Specific Schools in Canterbury
  • Entry pathway is through referral by the child's 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.

Mana Ake Kaimahi (staff) 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.

Click here to see the list of schools supported by Mana Ake.

Click here for FAQs about Mana Ake

Transition to Adulthood Support Service

  • Young people aged 17-21
  • Transitioning from care or youth justice system to adulthood

Our relationship based transition service is available to young people aged 17-21 years.

The aim of the service is to support rangatahi from care or youth justice on their path to adulthood and long-term wellbeing.

Young people will receive support from someone who respects them, won’t give up on them and will enhance their culture and identity.

This service assists young people to:

  • Find and negotiate accommodation that is appropriate to their wishes and needs.
  • Access the services they need.
  • Receive practical support to develop the skills and knowledge needed to manage their lives after care.
  • Emotional support to learn from their mistakes and continue to develop.
  • Be informed about and receive their entitlements.

Any enquiries about this service please contact; Summer Lilley

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