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Te Paepae Ārahi Services

We provide kaupapa māori services to individuals and whanau living within the Te Awakairangi

(Hutt Valley Region) we welcome all ethnicity's and cultures!


Our mobile team works actively within the community, making accessibility easier. Home based appointments can be arranged at request.


for severe or immediate EMERGENCY needs please click here for more info.

We provide services for:

  • Individuals experiencing  mental distress (Mild-Moderate)

  • Pākeke (Adults & Elder) 18 - 65+ years of age

  • Rangatahi/Taiohi (Youth) 14 - 17 years of age

  • General Hauora support (Mental and Physical Health supports)

  • Advocacy support

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling

  • Impaired Drivers Awareness Course (Voluntary or Mandated)

  • Wāhine/Tāne Rōpu (Mens and Womens Group Support)

  • Kaumatua Rōpu (Elderly Group Support)

  • Ngātahi Takitahi (In School Kaupapa Māori Hauora Program)

  • Access and Choice Primary Mental Health Services


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

See below for more information on the above services,

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Pakeke Support Services

(Kaupapa Māori Adult

Mental Health & AOD Counselling)

This is our kanohi ki te kanohi (Person to Person) Mental Health and Addictions support service which encompasses the,

  • Tinana (Physical)

  • Hinengaro (Mental)

  • Wairua (Spiritual)

  • Whatumanawa (Emotional)

  • Whānau (Family)

  • Whenua (Environmental)


aspects of the individual.

This service is provided by qualified Social Workers, Peers Support Workers and DAPAANZ registered AOD counsellors.

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Rangtahi Support Services
(Kaupapa Māori Youth Support)

Individual mentoring and counselling for rangatahi ages 14 - 18 years.

We cover all hauora needs of rangatahi in this space, we use a variety of different therapies to meet the needs of the individual, utilising Te Taeao, Tikanga Māori and Whanaungatanga to connect rangatahi to their community and strengthen their identity.


Te Rōpū Tāne
(Men's Group Support)

Men's Mental Health & Addiction Outreach Program

Thursday 11.00am - 2.00pm

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

Te Rōpu Tāne is a tikanga Māori program that focuses on all taha of Te Whare Tapa Wha. We aim to create a space where Men can practice whanaungatanga in a safe space through the use of Kai (Food) and Korero (Talk)

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Te Whāinga Whirikoka

'The Pursuit of Strength'

(Women's Group Support)

"Matapaki iti, whakamana ka taea"

“Through communication we are empowered”


Thursday 11.00am - 3.00pm

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


Te Whāinga Whirikoka 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.

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Whakapakari Hapori ō ngā Pakeke
(Elder's Support Group)

The Kaumatua program aims to tautoko Kaumatua within Te Awakairangi (Hutt Valley) who have difficulty in accessing and engaging with local communities, Kaupapa Māori support services and whānau by providing a culturally safe space for whanaungatanga, learning, sharing, and participating with a program of support. The program builds a connection to culture, community, whānau and ultimately a positive self-identity.


  • Te Reo Māori wānanga (Language Education) - Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced

  • Tikanga/Kawa Māori wānanga (Traditions/Customs)

  • Tunu Kai (healthy kai/Cooking/Nutrition) – an enjoyable and healthy experience in sharing kai recipes and supporting our whanau

  • Hononga (Connection to Whanau and Community)

  • Taeatu Ki Te Taiao (Connection to the Environment)

  • Rongoa Māori (Medicine and Natural Remedies)

  • Additional Workshops such as Hearing Checks, Fitness Coaches, Diabetes, Covid education and General Health checks Monthly bi-monthly Wānanga and haerenga either

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Ngā Kete Aronui

Ngā Ringa Whakawhiti Collective

Nga Kete Aronui – the baskets of “life’s” knowledge provides a continuum of wellbeing support treatment and therapy for whanau experiencing mental health or addiction distress.

This program is open to Rangatahi and Pākeke, and is delivered over 6 different programs,

  • Haehae Ha (Creative Design)

  • Tangaroa Whakamautai (Surf Program)

  • Te Rōpu Tāne (Men's Group)

  • Tokatumoana (Dive Program)

  • Tu Ahurei (Performing Arts)

  • Whakaoho Wairua (Music Program)

For info.on these programs please click here

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Impaired Drivers Awareness Course

Lower Hutt Course Location:

Lower Hutt Community Corrections, 5 Market Grove
Lower Hutt 5010 

Porirua Course Location:

Porirua Community Corrections, 7 Prosser Street, Elsdon, Porirua 5022

Paraparaumu Course Location:

Kapiti Community Corrections, 7 Arko Place,

Paraparaumu 5032

*Dates and Times of the course will be provide during intake and assessment*


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;

  • The effects of substance impaired driving regarding an individual’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being;

  • The ripple effects of impaired substance driving on an individual’s family, friends and wider community;

  • Anger and stress management strategies;

  • Relapse prevention strategies;

  • 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 license, referring on to an approved land transport assessor; and 

  • Provide ongoing individual and/or group therapy to address any substance related issues.


Access & Choice
Primary Mental Health and Addictions

Access and choice is a health and wellbeing support service. This service can be accessed through your GP, HIP, or a self-referral to Te paepae arahi accessing our Community Support workers. Our community support workers can tautoko and connect you with the right social services, community groups, or charity groups. We can support with,

  • Employment

  • Housing

  • WINZ

  • Managing stress and anxiety

  • Emotional health and wellbeing solutions

  • Managing medications, appointments and planning your health goals

This is a free service that is community based. We will walk alongside you to support you to reach your health and wellbeing goals.

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