Nau mai, haere mai!

Welcome to our place!

Ko wai mātou

He Waka Tapu is a kaupapa Māori organisation located in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) and Hakatere (Ashburton). Whānau wellbeing is important to us and we work with both the individual and whānau.

The first step would be at looking at making a referral to find out what support we can offer, or to go along to one our the free open support groups in the community. 

For further information phone 0800 HE WAKA (43 9252) or email

Services now available in the Chatham Islands

He Waka Tapu is now able to provide a wide range of programmes and services to help both individuals and the hapori of the Chatham and Pitt Islands. The team will be available to assist and support you with one-on-one kōrero, awhi and guidance around wellbeing, along with group sessions, Alcohol and Drug Services (AOD), this includes helping you reobtain your driver’s license, Suicide Prevention, Integrated Whānau services, Court support or maybe you just require a listening ear and a new face to offload to.

This service is free to all. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Erin Tuanui via email or phone.

Whai Rawatia te Oranga | Pursue the wealth of health

Open community groups


Our open groups are designed to strengthen your hauora (health and wellbeing)

  • Declutter your headspace
  • Build your connections within hapori
  • Strengthen your Tinana
  • Support practical everyday living


The Brotherhood

The Brotherhood supports tāne so they can participate meaningfully in their community. Tāne can feel pride in their appearance and have resources to attend courses, training, and job interviews, thanks to a network of good people providing practical donations in the Christchurch community.





HEYBRO is here to listen and offer support for men who feel they are going to harm a loved one or whānau member.

When it all gets too much and you feel like you may harm someone, yourself, or know of someone who may be harmed, pick up the phone and call:

0800 HEYBRO (439 276)

We’re here to listen, help and offer support 24/7.


Community venue hire

He Waka Tapu has multiple spaces available for your next private/community/organisation hui or event.

We have options suitable for 1 - 300+ people depending on your requirements.




Free phone: 0800 HE WAKA

Phone: 03 373 8150
Fax: 03 381 3207


Open hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

© 2023 He Waka Tapu

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