About Us

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.

Overview of Services

For a summary of all of the services we currently provide, click on the image or button below.

[Last updated 15.08.22]

0800 4 Whetu Helpline

Our experienced team of nurses, social workers, counsellors and community support workers are available to support you through our free helpline.

Monday - Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

0800 4 WHETU (0800 4 94388)

We can:

  • Provide mental health and wellbeing advice and support
  • Provide confidential phone or online assessment, counselling and support for adults, youth and children
  • Provide connection to a GP or other health providers
  • Provide parenting support and advice
  • Provide information on current resources/entitlements from government departments. i.e. WINZ
  • Connect you with cultural advisors regarding tikanga and protocols due to COVID-19.

We may be able to help with:

  • Education
  • Medication
  • Food
  • Household and Heating
  • Finances and Employment
  • Social Connection

Mana Ake

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

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 as well as provide advice, guidance and support for teachers and parents/whānau.

Mana Ake kaimahi are employed by 13 non-government organisations including Purapura Whetu 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.

Manu Ka Rere


Manu Ka Rere is a free service for young people aged 13-24 who are seeking support for their wellbeing. We offer face to face counselling sessions, group work therapy, education and other activities.

Previously known as Community Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), Manu Ka Rere is a collaborative of eight organisations across Canterbury. These include Purapura Whetu, Odyssey House, Stepping Stone Trust, Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS), Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust, Waipuna, 298 Youth Health and City Mission.

We work closely with Specialist Mental health Services (CHDB) and are also connected with other services.

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi


Support for Muslim families living in Christchurch

  • All ages
  • Referrals can be made by health professionals, Imam's of the mosques or self/family members
  • Contact muslimwellbeing@pw.maori.nz
  • www.muslimwellbeing.maori.nz
  • Free service

Our team provides culturally appropriate, multilingual support for families in the Muslim community.

We provide a confidential and non-judgmental service focused on the individual needs of each client. Our team empower people in their daily lives, advocate for their needs and are able connect them with relevant agencies if required.

Our mobile team will provide support to the Muslim community in the Canterbury area in their home and/or the community. We understand that each situation is unique, so we tailor the support to suit you.

We support whānau with:

  • Holistic care, treatment and wellness plans
  • Practical daily living, household management and developing routines
  • Identifying your goals and supporting you with the steps to achieve them
  • Pursuing a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and healthy eating
  • Finding training, study, and job opportunities including 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

Pōwhiri Refugee Family Support Settlement Service

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  • Referrals to Pōwhiri are made through Immigration New Zealand.
  • www.powhiri.maori.nz 
  • Contact: powhiri@pw.maori.nz

Pōwhiri is a refugee settlement support service and means ‘to welcome’.
When refugees arrive into Ōtautahi, they will be matched with a Pōwhiri Wellness Navigator who will support their settlement into Ōtautahi for the first 12-24 months.

For more information, visit www.powhiri.maori.nz

Te Hā - Waitaha Smokefree Support

  • All ages
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Anyone can register
  • Contact: ssp@pw.maori.nz
  • Free service

Purapura Whetu work alongside Te Hā - Waitaha Smokefree Support to promote smokefree whānau. This service is for anybody who is wanting to become smokefree. If you are pregnant or living with a pregnant person, there is specific support available for you. 

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

Our Smokefree 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 smokefree.

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, Skype/Zoom, emailing, or attending group sessions. 

Email ssp@pw.maori.nz to get in touch with our Smokefree Practitioner.

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

Te Māhuri - Adventure Therapy

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  • Youth aged 13-24
  • Mountain biking, coasteering, tramping, sea kayaking and many more activities
  • To register your interest in the programme, click the link below and one of our staff will be in touch
  • Contact: temahuri@pw.maori.nz
  • www.temahuri.maori.nz
  • www.adventurespecialties.co.nz
  • Free programme

Purapura Whetu works in partnership with Adventure Specialties Trust to support whānau to flourish through exploration of the natural environment. Te Māhuri provides an opportunity for rangatahi to experience the outdoors and develop a connection to themselves and their peers within a whānau environment.

For more information, visit www.temahuri.maori.nz.

Te Oranga Activities

  • 18 years old +
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Must have an assigned support worker
  • Spaces may be limited
  • Free service
  • Contact: programme.coordinator@pw.maori.nz

Our day activities programmes are for 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.

Te Oranga Activites - Timetable (Term 3 2022)
Term 3 2022: 25 July - 23 September 2022

If the activity you wish to attend is not running this term, please contact us, we love your suggestions for future 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 our Programme Coordinator prior to attending day activities. 

Referrals are accepted from you (self referral), friends/whānau and health professionals.

Click here to see additional referral information

Click here to read our Rules/Kawa

For further information about our day activities please contact our Programme Coordinator programme.coordinator@pw.maori.nz

Te Oriori

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  • Any whānau in Canterbury who have tamariki aged 0-12 years
  • Whānau support, counselling, therapy, and group programmes
  • Most programmes are at held at the Phillipstown Community Hub
  • Free service
  • www.teoriori.maori.nz
  • Contact: teoriori@pw.maori.nz

Te Oriori is a kaupapa Māori, whānau centered service for parents/caregivers of tamariki aged 0-12 years. Te Oriori offers individual support, counselling, therapy and different group programmes from Monday to Friday 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 visit www.teoriori.maori.nz.

Te Whiri Ora

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  • Whānau with tamariki
  • Whānau who have complex needs and has/require multiple agencies involved to support wellbeing
  • Free service
  • www.tewhiriora.co.nz 
  • Contact: tewhiriora@rightservice.org.nz

Te Whiri Ora is a coordination service that supports agencies to work together with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau to achieve their aspirations.

Te Whiri Ora aims to prioritise an equitable and timely response for Māori and Pasifika tamariki and whānau to address disparities. The service's response places tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in the centre and supports them to have a strong voice in identifying their hopes and supports needs.

For more information, visit: www.tewhiriora.co.nz 

Te Tumu Waiora

Te Tumu Waiora - Te Reo for to head towards wellness - is a new way of delivering wellbeing, mental health and addictions support through general practice.

The model puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of general practice with focused roles, Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches, working as part of the general practice team. This model allows for a 'warm handover' which means that a GP or nurse in the general practice can offer someone who is experiencing mental distress or addiction issues the option of seeing the HIP in the same location quickly – often immediately.

The HIPs and Health Coaches provide advice and support based on individualised goals, promoting self-management and work closely with local community NGO support workers to ensure people can access the full range of help they need.

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.

Transition to Adulthood Support Service

  • Young people aged 17-21
  • Transitioning from care or youth justice system to adulthood
  • Contact: transitions@pw.maori.nz
  • Free service

A service co-designed by young people themselves, to support them to successfully transition from statutory care and youth justice to adulthood.

This service ensures young people who are exiting a care service have access to day-to-day support from someone who cares as they learn to navigate independent living skills, the possibilities of vocational studies, employment and long-term wellbeing.

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

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.

Whānau Ora Community Support

  • 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

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 including 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
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  • All ages
  • Living in the Canterbury region
  • Referrals can be made by you (self referrals), friends/whānau or health professionals
  • Free service

The purpose of the Whānau Ora Navigator service is to support whānau to achieve their aspirations. Navigators assist whānau to set long-term goals and plans, and encourage whānau to draw from their strengths in working towards these.

Navigators apply a kaupapa Māori approach while providing a range of services for the whole whānau, connecting whānau with other services and helping to advocate on their behalf. They take a unique approach that is responsive to the circumstances and needs of each whānau and ensures whānau rangatiratanga is at the forefront.