He Waka Tapu has a wide range of programmes and services to help both individuals and the community.


He Waka Tapu has a wide range of programmes and services to help both individuals and hapori. There is a referral process that must be completed before accessing any services.


Te Whaioranga

We support individuals, groups, and have a supported accommodation whare for tangata whaiora who want to reduce harm and or stop the addiction of alcohol and drugs.

Te Aratiatia

Te Aratiaia is for assessment and treatment planning for co-existing alcohol and drug and mental health related problems.

Access is by appointment only via referrals to He Waka Tapu externally and internally.

To book
Appointment times are suited to your availability, Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm & Friday 8:30am-3:00pm

Takahi te Taniwha
Relapse Prevention
Mauri Ora Experience

Integrated whānau services

Individual and group programmes are available to learn about your behaviours and ways to keep your whānau safe. Groups consist of kōrero and action-based activities like mau rākau, waka ama, MMA & bread making! We are a family court accredited stopping violence provider here in Christchurch and Ashburton.

Te Pā Tūwatawata

This group is based around strengthening tāne in their hinengaro, wairua, tinana and whānau. 

This involves group education sessions that use the Whaiora Online website where whaiora are invited to share their thoughts feelings and actions around important topics that give understanding around thinking and behaviours.

Waka ama, mau rākau, MMA and bread making are just some of the activities on offer to strengthen key areas of wellbeing and understanding.

Evening group
Every Tuesday

Riaka (mandated)
Te Whāriki Whakamana (mandated)
Integrated Safety Response
Ngā Ara Tika (mandated)
Out Of Gate
Te Herengā Tangata
Precinct Navigator

Te Pā Tipu | Community

We have registered nurses onsite that are available to support you or your whānau health needs, in a comfortable and relatable environment for you to discuss the areas that are important to you.
You may want to chat about medications, start up at the gym, or just have a friendly chat.

Ka Rere

Ka rere is a wāhine only group. Wāhine will work with kaimahi to be educated on how to lead harm free lifestyle, to understand behavioural and environmental situations where family harm exists and occurs. Wāhine will learn in a group environment alongside other wāhine from the community that will support positive change.

To book
Appointment times are suited to your availability, Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm & Friday 8:30am-3:00pm

Whānau Intensive Mahi
Whānau and Rangatahi Navigators
Te Hā Waitaha - Quit Smoking
Wāhine Ora
Partnership Community Worker
Whānau Tautoko
Mana Ake

Kia Piki Te Ora | Suicide Prevention

Our rangatahi and hapori are important to us and we want to work towards reducing the negative numbers in this space and provide tools and information that helps people strengthen their happy place.

If you don't know what to do or where to access support, then contact us and we can walk beside you to get the information you need for yourself, your whānau or your friends. We have dedicated kaimahi in this area who are understanding, relatable and accessible. We also work closely with other great organisations to make sure we can offer a wide range of options.

There is a lot of info out there and sometimes it can be hard to navigate.  Our focus is to provide the information so it's uncomplicated and easy to understand.  He Waka Tapu understands services offered by other organisations and can explain in an easy to understand the way how these may benefit you and/or your whānau.

Want to chat to a professional?  We can arrange that too!  Contact us now on 0800 HE WAKA (43 9252) or email 

This is a non clinical mentoring service. The above will be achieved in the following steps

  1. We will connect with rangatahi.
  2. We will listen and identify their needs.
  3. We can support their social connectedness with activities and suggestions to support finding their happy.
  4. We can refer to specialist services and walk with them in the process.
  5. Stay connected until services are no longer required.

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