0800 HE WAKA (439 252)

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Nau mai, Haere mai!

Welcome to our place!



He Waka Tapu's premises are CLOSED to all manuhiri (visitors)

Services will continue to be delivered REMOTELY via phone and Zoom (video conferencing)

You may contact us via 0800 HE WAKA (439 252) or contact your case manager directly

He Waka Tapu is an essential service provider, we understand and can operate within the restrictions on how essential services need to be delivered at L4


  • All staff are working remotely

  • No whare visits

  • Residential/supported accommodation services

  • PPE in line with COVID-19


Remote working

Face to face, individuals, assessments, BI’s etc

  • Phone call or zoom

Facilitation/group work

  • Swap to individual sessions

  • Ability to run group zoom sessions

Whare visits

  • No whare visits

  • Zoom

  • Can restart once L4 is lifted with safety at the forefront


  • We will still receive external referrals

  • Self-referrals - Website is modified for an instant support request.  We will call, gather information and make plan


  • BAU no community footprint, within whare social distancing, increased personal hygiene and site cleaning, Individual rooms.

  • Referrals from geographic areas affected cease

  • This is an essential service - We have the space available to continue while practising all safety precautions providing referrals are clear of COVID-19, we take lead from funders.


External hui and appt

  • Phone and zoom

He Waka Tapu - Ko wai mātou

He Waka Tapu is a Kaupapa Maori organisation. Services are therefore delivered using a kaupapa Maori framework encompassing Tinana (physical well-being), Wairua (spiritual well-being), Hinengaro (mental well-being), Whānau (family well-being).

There is a formal referral process which must be completed before accessing any services.

For further information about us check out the website or call us on 0800 HE WAKA (43 9252) and or email reception@hewakatapu.org.nz.


For over 22 years He Waka Tapu has been providing a skilled and friendly team  supporting members in Otautahi and Te Waiponanmu.

He Waka Tapu runs a number of programmes specialising in:

Stopping Violence
Alcohol and Drug Addictions (AOD)
Personal Health


Our skilled workers (over 50+ staff) are kind and caring individuals with one goal which is to help people and to make our communities stronger.

With a mix of skills from clinicians, whanau support workers, nurses, personal trainers and more we have a huge range of resources at our fingertips.


Split over 2 locations we have a large number of facilities at our disposal. A number of large rooms and private portacoms for one-on-one or groups sessions.

Private on-site nurse stations enable us to provide the best care for whaiora.

A full gym with basketball court is available.

Large kitchen where yummy kai is created..

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Last year 2000+ referrals were received, to access the many great programmes we provide to the community & Te Waipounamu.  

Whaiora Online


A proven tool which helps people communicate, share and support each other as they move forward. There have now been over 220,000+ entries on www.whaioraonline.org.nz



50+ whānau were involved in Move the Māori the past year.  Sessions included one on one workouts, group work outs, kai shopping, cooking sessions and mindfulness techniques.

City To Surf


He Waka Tapu along with other organisations register over 1250+ whānau keen to participate in Christchurch's annual City To Surf course - Pae Ora.  Every year we look forward to gathering whānau togther and enjoying the whakawhanaugatanga of the day.