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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, and appointments outside of office can be arranged upon request.

We provide services for:

  • whānau or individuals experiencing distress

  • Mental Health and Well Being Support (Food, support to emergency Housing, Financial, Physical Health)

  • Advocacy and Appointment Support

  • Alcohol and other Drug Counselling/Educational needs

  • Impaired Driving and Awareness (IDAC Programme)

  • wāhine and tāne groups separately

  • All Ethnicity's and Cultures are Welcome!

Please note: We require a minimum of 24 hours of sobriety prior to appointment.

Te Paepae Arahi services are guided by the rights of the our whanau/whaiora under the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi and by the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights standards,

Mental Health and Addiction Outreach and Counselling

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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 Whānau (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 Tāne

(Men's Mental Health & Addiction Outreach Programme)

Te Paepae Arahi Office 7 Level 1 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

Thursday 11.00am - 2.00pm

(Pick-up and drop off to be arranged with group facilitator) 

​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 Tāne Hauora and wellbeing by showing and practicing Whakawhanaungatanga through Kai (Food) and Korero (Talk)

Te Whāinga Whirikoka

“The Pursuit of Strength”

Matapaki iti, whakamana ka taea

“Through communication we are empowered”


Te Paepae Arahi Office 7 Level 1 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

Thursday 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: Te Paepae Arahi Trust

Level 1, 7 Daly St, Lower Hutt

IDAC Facilitator: Timothy 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 delivers Rangatahi  group programmes. Entry into these programmes are restricted by entry and are as follows:


Ngātahi 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.

The three schools involved are Taita College, Naenae College and HVAC.

for more info. on any of the services listed above contact us 

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