Addiction Services: Mahana Southern Māori Mental Health & Addiction

Mahana provides support to individuals and whānau experiencing mild to moderate issues with mental health and addiction.

Mahana offers Mental Health, and Alcohol and Drug Addiction services.

We offer:

  • One-on-one counselling support
  • Peer support groups (information below)
  • Cultural wellbeing activities that focus on building cultural resilience, connections and inclusion - site/community based, Creative arts, Wananga-based interventions
  • Pou Whirinaki cultural advisor support
  • Mobile service options - Clinics in Te Anau, Queenstown, Oamaru, Milton

Please note: If you are engaged with a secondary service, you are not eligible for entry into Mahana. Mahana is NOT a crisis intervention service.

Services are extended: Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm. Late night options by appointment.

Tikanga setting: Mahana is guided by our Kahui Kaumātua, ensuring culturally safe delivery of services to tāngata whaiora and whānau.


Therapeutic Groups on Offer

For more information about any of the groups please phone 0800 925 242.

Invercargill Groups:

Aronui Arts Therapy Programme
Aronui is an arts therapy group for people who have experienced harm from addictions and/or mild mental health issues. A therapeutic process which includes interactive drawing, free expression, role play, writing, painting, sculpting, pencil, charcoal, and crayon (Criteria may apply).

Te Rongo Pai
An open support group offering peer support, information/education, in a friendly environment.

Te Kore
Te Kore is a closed group for women who have experienced harm from addictions and/or mild mental health.

Te Kore Puna-Rua
Te Kore Puna-Rua is a closed group for couples who want to learn more about their communication styles. Group runs for 10 weeks.

Dunedin Groups

Iwi Taketake Mahi a Toi / Indigenous Arts Rōpu
Group for whaiora of the service with supports - Using traditional and contemporary art forms passed down from ancestral knowledge and utilizing techniques, whakapapa and pūrākau to support whaiora in self-expression, peer tautoko (support) and enhance Oho Mauri (mental health wellbeing).

Ngā Hau e Whā Rōpu / The Four winds – Alexandra Corrections
Closed Group for Corrections Dunedin and Alexandra - Ngā Hau e Whā is based off an indigenous framework and is for those who need to complete requirements in the Corrections system.

Tūrangwaewae/ Mātua me Ngā Tamariki (Tuora Wheako/ELA):
A Closed Group - Providing a safe place to stand for whānau Māori who have a desire to connect deeper with themselves and their tamariki. Using traditional Māori tohu, our connection with Te Taiao me Ngā Atua.

Tamāhine Tutiaki – A Group in Collaboration with Tuturu from Mirror Services and a Dunedin based High School
A closed group that provides a space for tamāhine Māori to connect with their culture and identify barriers for students and their whānau in reaching hauora.

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Working together in a team with like minded individuals can do wonders for mental health and give new perspective, here are some of our team building photos.

Addiction Services: Mahana Southern Māori Mental Health & Addiction

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Our Team

Wendy Ellis
Invercargill Manager/Practitioner - Mahana
Blondie Ngamoki
Dunedin Manager/Practitioner - Mahana
Shahin Pera
Mahana Whanau Ora Navigator
Stacey Gaskell
Addictions Counsellor
Tira Ririnui
Addictions Counsellor
Phoebe Crosbie
Addictions Counsellor
Pete Ashworth
Addictions Counsellor
Sam Glen
Addictions Counsellor
Diane Mowat
Bethany Struthers
Manu Korihi / Administration
Ricky Ngamoki
Elizabeth Murphy
Addictions Counsellor
Richard McDonald
Addictions Counsellor
Loretta Holland
Addictions Counsellor
Susan-June Gillatt
Tuora Wheako Kaiawhina