Mental Health & Addiction Services

We all have ups and downs that can affect our ability to enjoy life and live life to the fullest. To support our mauri, our mental health, we need to find strategies that help keep us feeling balanced, connected and positive.
If you are concerned for your well-being or concerned for your whānaus well-being in this area, see below for our range of mental health and/or addiction services that can help and tautoko you.

Early Intervention Whānau Service

Early intervention and prevention mental health services are a recovery-oriented, community based, whānau approach to assessment, treatment and therapy for those experiencing mental health issues. Specific needs may be complex and include co-existing illness or issues and may require brief interventions for relapse and follow up.  This service is accessible and available for all members of the whānau inclusive of pēpi, tamariki, taiohi, pākeke and kaumātua.

About early intervention

This service provides intensive support, as early as possible, for rangatahi (young people) who may be experiencing psychosis for the first time. This service can provide talking therapy, group work, medication, psychoeducation and whānau work. This is a free service available to rangatahi aged up to 20 years of age.

What is psychosis?

Psychosis describes a number of experiences or symptoms that happen together. These may include hearing voices, having jumbled thoughts, having frightening or unusual ideas and having too little (or too much) energy. Psychosis can also cause changes in mood and behaviour.

What you can expect if you use our service

We can help you work out whether you are experiencing psychosis. We do this by talking with you and (if possible) with your whānau or other people who know you well and asking questions about what has been happening. This early stage of talking is called an assessment. You can come to Ngā Kākano, or we can come to you.

If the assessment shows you are experiencing psychosis we can work with you to develop a treatment plan. You will start seeing us for regular appointments. We encourage you and your whānau to take part in developing the treatment plan.

If you are concerned about your teenager or friend, you can refer them and/or support them to request this service.

Addiction day programme

Te Ahuru Mowai Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) intensive outpatient programme provides:

  • Whānau-determine goal setting
  • Assessment and treatment
  • AOD education
  • Relapse prevention
  • Referral to residential treatment, if needed.

Te Ahuru Mowai means a safe haven to unpack and unload issues, in a welcoming environment to learn more about themselves, support them to move forward and strengthen their identity. This is provided with a foundation of cultural therapy and mātauranga Māori modalities. This free programme runs on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and transport is available if needed.


  • Free programme
  • Support understanding of Alcohol and Drug issues
  • Supports whānau to establish new goals
  • Support whanau to meet goals

Addiction Service

This service provides alcohol and drug counselling. We support you to set and reach goals, putting you and your whānau at the centre of care. It is a community outpatient based service provided by trained practitioners.

Services include assessment, counselling and treatment, brief intervention, relapse prevention, referral to residential treatment and AOD education.


  • Alcohol and other drugs services
  • Recovery orientated, holistic approach
  • Works one-on-one and with whanau
  • Free service