Te Paepae Arahi combines Kaupapa Māori and Mainstream clinical practices. Which is delivered by our team of Kaiwhakarite (Social Workers),
Kaitautoko (Support Workers) and also our Kaitohutohu (Mental Health Clinicians and DAPAANZ registered Counsellors)
Te Paepae Arahi has a range of services available that are free! to whānau living in the Hutt Valley region. Our community services are also Mobile, appointments outside of office can be arranged at user request.
We provide services for:
Low to Medium needs cases*
Mental Health and Well Being Support (Food, Housing, Financial, Physical Health)
Advocacy and Appointment Support
Alcohol and other Drug Counselling/Educational needs
Suspended Drivers License's (IDAC Programme)
Pakeke (Adults) ages 18+
Rangatahi,Tamariki (Teenagers, Children) ages 8-17*
All Ethnicity's and Cultures are Welcome!
There is a minimum of 24 hours of sobriety prior to appointment.
*Te Paepae Arahi works at a case by case basis, and will consider High needs referrals.
*Parental/Guardian consent is recommended for Rangatahi and Tamariki.
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Mental Health and Addiction Outreach and Counselling
Pakeke/Adult Support Services
(Kaupapa Māori Mental Health and AOD Counselling)
This is a kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) service. We use Kaupapa Māori approaches towards Well Being, Mental Health and Addiction needs. Where the focus of our support encompasses Tinana (Physical), Hinengaro (Mental), Wairua (Spiritual), Whatu Manawa (Emotional) and Whanau (Family).
Our Counsellors and Kaitautoko provide Alcohol and Other Drug
Counselling and education. This is also a mobile service where private meetings or home visits can be arranged.
Group Support Programmes
Te Rōpū Tane
(Men's Mental Health & Addiction Outreach Programme)
Te Paepae Arahi Office 7 Level 1 Daly Street, Lower Hutt
Thursday 11.00am - 2.00pm
Our Men's group is based on the principles of Te Whare Tapa Whā, with a Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health focus. Our aim is to help develop and encourage Tane Hauora and well being by showing and practicing Whakawhanaungatanga through Kai (Food) and Korero (Talk)
(Pick-up and drop off to be arranged with group facilitator)
Te Whāinga Whirikoka
“The Pursuit of Strength”
Matapaki iti, whakamana ka taea
“Through communication we are empowered”
Women’s Support Group
Te Paepae Arahi Office
7 Daly Street
11.00am – 3:00pm
(includes pick-ups and drop offs - to be arranged with group facilitator)
Our programme covers a variety of topics in relation to matters that affect women. Participants will be given an opportunity to discuss any challenges they face in a safe environment. Topics of discussion will be largely driven by the group participants. The overall objective of Te Whāinga Whirikoka is for members to support each other towards positive change, strengthening relationships and promoting women’s general health and well being.
Impaired Drivers Awareness Course (IDAC)
Lower Hutt: Community Corrections
5 Market Grove
IDAC Facilitator: Jasmine Haley
Upper Hutt: Community Corrections
8 Railway Avenue
IDAC Facilitator: Tim Shay
The Impaired Driver’s Awareness Course alternates between the Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt Community Corrections sites from 9am – 5pm, on the last two Saturday’s of every month. The course covers the social, health, and legal ramifications of impaired substance driving and road safety requirements.
The objective of the course is to:
Explore and discuss what drives an individual to drink and drive under the influence of legal and/or illegal substances;
Explore and discuss the effects of substance impaired driving regarding an individual’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing;
Explore and discuss the ripple effects of impaired substance driving on an individual’s family, friends and wider community;
Explore and discuss anger and stress management strategies;
Explore and discuss relapse prevention strategies;
Develop individual safety plans to prevent substance impaired driving in order to keep participants and other people safe on the road;
Assist participants to have indefinite suspensions lifted from their driver’s licence, by referring them to an approved land transport assessor; and
Provide ongoing individual and/or group therapy to address any substance related issues.
Rangatahi Support (Youth Support)
Te Paepae Arahi has Rangatahi support services work both with individuals and group support initiatives.
Individual Kaupapa Māori Rangatahi Support
Te Paepae Kaitautoko support Rangatahi through kanohi ki te kanohi Mentoring, which tackles Mental Health, Well Being and Drug/Alcohol related issues, we work together with our Rangatahi to help navigate them towards Tinorangatiratanga. Whānau involvement is encouraged through out the journey. This is a Mobile service and private home visits can be arranged.
Ngatahi Takitahi (In Schools Programme)
“Mā te mahi ngātahi a te takitini, ka pakari te tangata takitahi”
The name Ngātahi Takitahi reflects our approach of collaborating with the many to strengthen and help the individual. The programme is set within a marae context, it utilises mātauranga Māori and tikanga Māori processes inside and outside school hours. It takes a whānau ora approach to bridge school, home, health, and social services to help rangatahi find a place where they can stand strong. Being school-based, the programme will also align to the health and physical education curriculum which is also embraced by the youth development sector.
Ka Hao Te Rangatahi
(Youth Group Programme Ages 13-18)
'Ka Hao Te Rangatahi' derives from the whakatauki “Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi” the programme focuses on the adoption of positive behaviour and also on the importance of identity, helping to create connections that provide a sense of belonging. It also covers the subjects of future planning and AOD (Alcohol & Other Drugs) education.
for more info. on any of the services listed above contact us