Mahana - Southern Maori Mental Health & Addiction Service

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

Mahana offers Mental Health services, Alcohol and Drug Addiction services and Gambling Harm Counselling.

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 a Kahui Kaumatua, ensuring culturally safe delivery of services to tangata whaiora and whanau.

We also offer Gambling Harm Multi Venue Exclusion: We offer MVE support which allows you to formally request to exclude yourself from Invercargill and Bluff gambling (pokies) venues from three months to two years.


Mahana offers a variety of groups

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

Aronui Arts Therapy Programme (Invercargill only)
A group that aims to reduce alcohol and drug use and gambling harm through the medium of art. A therapeutic process which includes interactive drawing, free expression, role play, writing, painting, sculpting, pencil, charcoal, and crayon.

Groups are held every Monday (except public holidays) at 92 Spey Street, Invercargill, 10.30am-12pm

Te Rongo Pai (Invercargill only)
An open support group, run by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, for individuals and their whanau affected by gambling, alcohol, and/or drugs.

Te Rongo Pai offers peer support, information/education, a friendly environment, resources, and non-judgmental support.

Groups are held every Wednesday (Except public holidays) at 92 Spey Street, Invercargill, 10.30am-12pm

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

Groups are held every Friday (Except public holidays) at 92 Spey Street, Invercargill, 10am-12pm

Groups held in Dunedin:

Iwi Taketake Mahi a Toi / Indigenous Arts Group

Nga Hau e Wha Ropu / The Four winds – Alexandra Corrections

Nga Hau e Wha Otepoti / The Four Winds – Dunedin Corrections Group

Tamahine Tautiaki / Group in Collaboration with Mirror and a particular High School

Turangawaewae / Parent and Childs group (Tuora Wheako/ELA)

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.

Mahana - Southern Maori Mental Health & Addiction Service

are ready to help

Our Team

Wendy Ellis
Invercargill Service Manager - Mahana
Blondie Ngamoki
Manager/Practitioner - Mahana
Tira Ririnui
Addictions Counsellor
Arianna Andrews
Addictions Counsellor
Pete Ashworth
Addictions Counsellor
Rhoda Hei Hei
Addictions Counsellor
Sam Glen
Counsellor (in training)
Diane Mowat
​Sandra Stiles
Ricky Ngamoki
Alana Clarke
Manu Korihi
Ngawhira Kennedy
Manu Rangitāmiro
Elizabeth Murphy
Addictions Counsellor
Richard McDonald
Addictions Counsellor
Korrey Cook
Addictions Counsellor
Tuihana Ngamoki
ELA Kaiawhina