Through the provision of evidence based, mana enhancing, timely and high-quality support we will demonstrate that whānau are leading better lives.

To know if we are making a difference for whaiora our kaimahi gathers evidence to monitor progress and outcomes so this can be discussed with whaiora.


He Waka Tapu works closely with funders and other organisations to offer personalised consultations, community health programs, crisis support and education programmes to enhance overall well-being in our community, with dedicated advocacy.

Including but not limited to: dedicated health coaches, specialised Wāhine Ora clinics, smoking cessation services, Tautoko Hauora, suicide prevention, mental health crisis support, Rangatahi Navigators and more.

Mana Ake

Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow provides mental health and wellbeing support for children in primary school years 1-8 across Canterbury.

He Waka Tapu has dedicated Kiamahi working in the Mana Ake space.

You can talk to your local school if you think your child would benefit from support from the Mana Ake team.

Whānau and Rangatahi Navigators
Kia Piki Te Ora (Suicide Prevention)
Whakahohoro Te Hau (Mental Health Crisis Support)
Whai Rawatia Te Oranga (Open Community Groups)
Te Hā (Quit Smoking)
Wāhine Ora (Cervical Screening)
Tautoko Hauora (Health Navigators)
Health Coaches
Long Term Health Support


Kaimahi support individuals and groups who want to reduce harm and/or stop the addiction of alcohol and other drugs. We also have a supported accommodation whare for tangata whaiora.


An initial health assessment concerning drug and alcohol use is crucial for understanding an individuals substance-related history, current status and potential risks.

It lays the groundwork for ongoing healthcare management and treatment planning specific to substance use disorders.

The primary goals of this assessment are to comprehensively evaluate the patient's substance use patterns, identify any related health concerns or risks and implement suitable interventions to support recovery and promote overall well-being.

Takahi Te Taniwhā
Mauri Ora Experience


Providing support to men and women preparing for release into the community.

Remand Reintegration

Providing support to men and women preparing for release into the community. We offer assistance with accommodation, employment, education and identification.

Out Of Gate
Te Pikinga
Atawhai Wāhine


Individual and group programmes are available to learn about your behaviours and ways to keep your whānau safe. Groups consist of kōrero and action-based activities like mau rākau, waka ama, MMA & bread making! We are a family court accredited stopping violence provider here in Christchurch and Ashburton.


We provide intensive, long-term, wraparound support to whānau experiencing family harm. Our approach is deeply rooted in Māori-focused practices, led by whānau and tailored to their needs and aspirations. We work in their space and on their terms to promote positive outcomes and empower the entire whānau to lead positive change.

Long Term Support
ISR (Integrated Safety Response)
Riaka (tāne only)
Whakarerekē (wāhine only)
Te Whāriki Whakamana (tāne only)
Previnct Navigators
Toi Ora (tāne only)


Accessing our many services here at He Waka Tapu is a simple and straightforward process, offering two convenient options. Firstly, individuals can self-refer by simply visiting one of our sites, emailing or calling 0800 HE WAKA (43 9252). Alternatively, external organisations can easily refer individuals through our online form, streamlining the process for swift assistance.

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