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Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust - Mental Health & Addictions

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    Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust is a not-for-profit health and social service provider with 18 years of delivery in Southland employing around 50 staff. It is a Kaupapa Maori Social Service.

    Nga Kete delivers a range of social services. See our services below or click here for more information on the other available services including Disability Information and Advice, Restorative Justice, Maori Cancer Kaiarahi Service, Whanau Ora, Mauri Ora Community Nursing and He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre (A Low Cost Access doctor service). 


    Visit our website to check out our staff page!


    Southern Region Stop Smoking Services

    We provide a free Southern wide service offering community group clinics and one-on-one support with seven site coaches operating across the Southern region.

    We provide free nicotine replacement therapy resources to support you on your journey to become smoke-free. These include gum, lozenges and patches.

    Get in touch with us today!

    Gambling Harm Counselling

    We deliver a free professional problem gambling service for both gamblers and others affected by gambling.

    We offer:

    • One-on-one individual support.
    • Te Rongo Pai - Self support group held every Wednesday 10.30am - 12.30pm for individuals and their whanau affected by gambling, alcohol or drugs (18 & over).
    • Whanau/family meetings as part of a healing process.
    • Mobile service (conditions apply).
    • Aronui - art therapy programme - a group programme which aims to reduce the harm of problem gambling by exploring and understanding why participants gamble.

    Multi Venue Self Exclusion
    If your gambling is getting the better of you and you need help to get back on track, text your contact details to 022 016 7252. The programme allows an individual to access the Multi Venue Self Exclusion programme through a text message before an appointment is made at NKMP to begin the application process. MVSE allows you to exclude yourself from Invercargill gaming venues for three months to two years.

    Mahana Southern Maori Mental Health & Addiction Service

    Mahana is a Southern Maori Mental Health and Addictions service providing support to individuals and whanau experiencing mild to moderate issues. In addition to counselling, Mahana facilitates a range of cultural resilience-building activities that promote wellbeing. 

    We offer: Addiction 

    • One-on-one counselling support
    • Te Rongo Pai - Peer support group 
    • Cultural wellbeing activities - site/community based 
    • Creative arts
    • Wananga-based interventions
    • Pou Whirinaki cultural advisor support
    • Mobile service options

    We offer: Mental Health 

    • Assessment
    • Intervention 
    • Access to cultural wellbeing activities
    • Mobile service options 

    Please note: If you are engaged with a secondary service, you are not eligible for entry into Mahana. We are 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. 

    Aronui - Art Therapy Programme 

    A group programme, facilitated at our Invercargill office, which aims to reduce the harm of alcohol and drug use and gambling harm by exploring and understanding why participants use these substances. Through art, participants can explore the role alcohol and/or drugs plays in their lives, the impact it has on themselves, whanau and community, their attitudes, behaviours, beliefs and values, the actions and consequences of substance abuse, an understanding of self and a life without alcohol and/or drugs. 

    For all referrals to Mahana:
    Email us
    Phone 0800 925 242
    or self refer by presenting at the following offices: 
    Level 2, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill 
    Level 4, 333 Princes Street, Dunedin 

    Kia Piki te Ora - Maori Suicide Prevention

    Kia Piki te Ora is a Maori Public Health initiative that aims to:

    • Promote Maori Mental Health & Wellbeing.
    • Reduce access to the means of suicide for Maori.
    • Increase safe reporting by media of suicide.
    • Contribute to improved Maori mental health services.


    He Poha Oranga - Maori Public Health

    Maori Public Health is a population-based model that contributes to improved knowledge, attitudes, behavioural and circumstance change for whanau, hapu and iwi. NKMP Maori Public Health engages a range of strategies including health promotion, education and community development to improve Maori health outcomes across Southland communities.

    Whanau Ora Services

    Whanau Ora is a whanau-centered service that supports families to achieve their aspirations. Whanau ora recognizes the strengths and abilities that exist within whanau and aims to support and develop opportunities that fulfill potential. Navigators assist with social needs, problem solving, and connection and linkage to other agencies. The navigators will also work with individuals and families on a pathway plan to support goals and future change.

    Our Intake Whanau Ora Navigator works with people presenting at reception as a first point of contact for on-referral into our service. The Intake worker also works to maintain clients on waiting lists with any social supports/needs.

    Our Whanau Ora Navigator works between clinical service practice to support whanau social needs. The navigator also supports internal and external referrals i.e. Corrections Youth Programme.


    For more information please refer to our website.