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Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Time for Change - Te Hurihanga.

What will all this mean for me as tāngata whaiora and my whānau?

Time for Change - Te Hurihanga is committed to actioning some key system and service changes and has funding to support change in five priority areas: ‘by Māori for Māori’ investment child and youth, intensive community support, crisis support and alcohol and other drug services.

This is the start of a journey to bring mental health and wellbeing closer to home and make it easier to access for tāngata whaiora and whānau across the southern region.

What will this mean for me working in primary care or as an NGO?

We want to strengthen our relationships across the community, primary and specialist services to increase the range of help available for people based on their needs to provide better outcomes for tāngata whaiora.

By integrating and building closer connections between every level of care (primary/community and secondary), we will be able to provide clear pathways, early on, for tāngata whaiora to access more community-focused support and early intervention - with specialist services available when they’re needed.

How will this change be affected now the Southern region no longer has a DHB?

The review is aligned with the draft national Mental Health and Addiction System and Service Framework 2022 – 2032, and we do not expect anything to change. The programme is well-defined and endorsed, and funded for the year.

When will the new crisis respite support facility open in Dunedin?

The five-bed home opened in September 2022. You can read more about this here 

When will the new mental health crisis services open in Queenstown/Central Lakes/Waitaki?

The new crisis support service in Queenstown was fully launched in April 2023. Read more here

How can I find out more about what’s happening?

We will regularly update information about our projects on this webpage and will share milestones with the Southern community as they happen.

You can also follow our Facebook page and share any questions or comments by emailing us at

How can I have a say in what’s happening?

You can provide feedback to us by email at You can also share your views with the Chair of your local Mental Health and Addictions Network. Find more details on our Engage with us page.