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

Accessing our service is a simple process. 

A referral form will need to be completed by the organisation you are currently working with or you can call in to 161 Pages Rd Wainoni and complete a self-referral. You will be allocated to an appropriate service and kaimahi within 24hrs and we will contact you within 7 days to setup your first appointment.

Te Pā Tipu / Community

We will work with you and your whānau to focus on the areas that are important to you. We have great relationships with other networks and organisations to make sure we cater to the requirements of your whānau.  Check out the groups below or come and see us at 161 Pages Rd to chat.

We have 3 Registered Nurses onsite that are available to support you or your whānau health needs. A comfortable 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 chat about stuff.  Make contact now :)

Nga Ara Tika
True Paths

Ngā Ara Tika

Wahine will work with a whānau worker in a group setting to address issues around anger management, but also focus on building your confidence and self-esteem. You will also learn healthy ways to communicate in relationships.

Day Group 
Every Friday (Rolling Group)
10-12:30pm 14 Sessions
F. Ariana Tafea

Whānau Tautoko
Parenting Program

Whānau Tautoko

A parenting group for all parents with tamariki aged from 0 to 16 years

Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm 6 sessions
Monday 6:00-7:30pm 6 sessions
F. Lisia Livesly

Whānau Intensive Work
Whānau mahi

Whānau Intensive Mahi

A whānau worker will work with you to address the stresses in your whānau's private life.

To Book
Appointment times are suited to your availability.  Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00pm

Whānau Navigators
Outreach South Canterbury

Whānau Navigators

Kaimahi will support you and your whanau towards reaching aspirations important to you.  Our navigator's live in Timaru and Ashburton making support accessible to whānau within those areas.

Te Tai Taura
Employee Program (DV/FV)

Te Tai Taura (Dv/Fv)

An employee support programme. A service that provides assessments, brief intervention around AOD & DV/FV, please contact beatrice@hewakatapu.org.nz for more information.

He Toki ki te Rika
Ara Mentor & support

He Toki ki te Rika

A dedicated kaimahi will work closely with students to make sure goals are acheived and their well-being is supported.

Quit Smoking
You can do it!

Te Ha - Quit Smoking

A smoke free coach who is available on week days with flexibility depending on each individuals situation. This service involves receiving one to one or group smoking cessation sessions where you will set goals, find strategies and achieve mile stones. Time frames are established between the individual and the coach. Free nicotine replacement therapy will be provided to those who are interested in using these products. This is a great effective way to receive support along your journey in becoming smoke free




To Book
Appointments times are suited to your avalibilty, Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Health Checks
Your Tinana is important


Within our Hauora team, we aim to deliver a service that encompasses a holistic view on health acknowledging Te Taha Wairua, Hinengaro, Tinana and Whānau. Together with our team of Registered Nurses, we will support you in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and your whanau. Appointments can be flexible depending on individual/whanau needs and also offer transportation to and from appointments.  We provide a range of services including Hauora assessments, the development of individual health care plans, and can also help with connecting you and your whanau with other health services and resources within our organisation and out in the community.

To Book

Appointments times are suited to your avalibilty, Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Wahine Ora
Woman Services

Wahine Ora

We are passionate about supporting and enabling women to protect their whakapapa. We have a team of Registered Nurses who specialise in performing cervical screening, and also offer STI testing and contraceptive advice.  This is a free service to all women, where we endeavour to provide a comfortable and safe environment for you and your whanau. We can book appointments to suit your needs, as well as providing a door to door service if you would be more comfortable in your own space.




To Book
Appointments times are suited to your availability, Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Partnership Community Worker

Partnership Community Worker

The PCW role consists of advocacy, support for whānau requiring access to General Practitioners and/or other health services. The PCW will navigate the health system, such as mental health service providers, GP practices affiliated to Pegasus Health, to source appropriate health services that benefits the wellbeing of whānau. The service is to ensure that whanau can access GP services without prejudice.

To Book
Appointments times are suited to your avalibilty, Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Manaaki Whanau
Te Whare Tapa Wha

Manaaki Whanau

Manaaki Whanau: An entry group where whanau can come to get connected and strengthen their Te Whare Tapa Wha.


Every Monday 10:00-11:30am
F. Paora Terekia


Individual and group programmes are available to learn about your behaviours and ways to keep your whānau safe. Groups consist of korero and action based activities like Mau Rakau, Waka Ama, MMA & bread making! We are a Family court accredited stopping violence provider here in Canterbury.

Te Pa Tuwatawata
A whare supported by many

Te Pā Tuwatawata

12 sessions based around strengthening Tane in their Hinengaro, Wairua, Tinana and Whanau.  This involves group education sessions which uses 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 Rakau, MMA and bread making are just some of the activities on offer to strengthen key areas of wellbeing and understanding.

Night Group
Every Tuesday & Thursday 
6-9pm / 12 Sessions
F. Tane Kara

Through focused efforts we can redirect our strength


A 26 session court directed programme for Tane aged 18 years and over.  A focus on stopping violence and abuse against others.

Night Group
Every Tues & Thurs
6-9pm / 26 Sessions
F. Dawn Tepania

Te Whariki Whakamana
Foundation to Strengthen

Te Whariki Whakamana

A group programme for Māori men aged 18 years and over. The focus of the programme is on stopping violence and abuse against others in their relationships.

Day Group
Every Friday
10am-12pm /14 Sessions
F: Mark Palmer

Evening Group
Every Wednesday
6pm-9pm /14 Sessions
F: Mark Palmer

Intergrated Safety Response

Our team are part of a wider network that work closely with Police in reducing family violence in our communities.  This team may make contact with you to navigate services or provide information to make your whānau a stronger and safer place.

For more information please email beatrice@hewakatapu.org.nz or call us on 0800 HE WAKA (43 9252).  

Alcohol & Drugs

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 Aratitia
Comprehensive Assessment

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
Appointments times are suited to your availability, Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Takahi te Taniwha
Stomping on the taniwha of addiction

Takahi te Taniwha

The Takahi te Taniwha programme utilises Maori models of wellbeing, harm reduction planning, Purakau, Whakapapa, change and motivation, connection & boundaries, psycho-education, process therapy, applied cognitive behavioural therapy and Te Ao Maori. This program is designed for whaiora who are looking at a harm reduction approach with the view of working towards a goal of abstinence.

Both the Wednesday and Friday TTT programmes are separate and whai ora chose which day they attend they do not attend both sessions.

Day Group
Wed & Fri
10am-12pm / 12 Sessions (pickups available)

Night Group - 6 session brief intervention programme
Every Tues
6pm-7.30pm / 6 Sessions (pickups available)
F. Toma Petelo

Motivational Enhancement
Get ya moving!

Motivational Enhancement

The Motivational Enhancement Programme provides brief alcohol and drug education whose intent is to evoke a degree of motivation to consider the possibility of addressing any alcohol & drug issues and consider change. This programme is primarily for those with probation sentence conditions

Night Group

Every Mon
6-7.30pm  / 5 sessions 
F. Lisa Ratahi

Mauri Ora Experience

Mauri Ora Experience is an intensive outpatient alcohol and drug day Experience which has rolling access throughout the year. The Experience operates from 7.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Sunday, with arranged activities and/or programme work during the evenings and weekend.

There are currently 8 supported accommodation beds with priority on Experience participants from outside the Christchurch region. Mauri Ora Experience has a holistic focus which includes physical, psychological, family and spiritual wellbeing. Balance in these aspects creates a platform for fulfilling one’s potential.
The programme content will be delivered in a group setting and will include:

  • Alcohol and other drug information
  • Mood management
  • Assertive communication
  • Relationships and whanau wellbeing
  • Identity
  • Relapse prevention
  • Aftercare planning
  • Nutrition advice
  • Health & Fitness
  • Te Reo & Waiata
  • Developing social support systems
  • Family support
  • Needs assessment
A range of culturally related activities overseen by Kaumatua including an introduction to Maori beliefs, values and concepts, whakapapa, pepeha, waiata, karakia, raranga, waka ama and support in linking with Te Reo and Kapa Haka organisations.

For more detailed information regarding intake process and criteria please contact AOD Manager Huata Noa maree@hewakatapu.org.nz 

Kia Piki Te Ora - Suicide Prevention

Our rangatahi and community 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 supports?  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 its uncomplicated and easy to understand.  He Waka Tapu understands services offered by other organisations and can explain in an easy to understand way how these may benefit you and/or your whanau.

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

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 


  Free Phone: 0800 HE WAKA

Phone: +64 3 373 8150
Fax: +64 3 381 3207

Whānau Ora Community Clinic: (03) 956481

  Email: reception@hewakatapu.org.nz

  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hewakatapunz/

Open Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm

161 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
PO Box 150 37, Aranui, Christchurch, New Zealand

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