There are many community-based services across the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region that offer respite care, support, day programmes and peer-led support.

Find out what services are available in your area.

Nikau House (Te Whare Nikau)

Nikau House provides an extensive peer-support day programme, and employment support services for adults. If you are interested in joining Nikau House, ask your healthcare provider (eg a care manager or psychiatrist) about the referral process.

Kotuku House

Kotuku House is a house in rural Tasman where people who are experiencing an emotional or mental crisis can stay for up to two weeks as an alternative to hospitalisation. A peer support worker sleeps overnight at the house.

Self-referral to Kotuku House is an option. Your mental health services case manager can also refer you. Eligibility criteria apply. Refer to this website for more information

The Shed

The Shed is a day activity centre in Motueka that has close links with Te Awhina marae. Referrals to this service are made by a GP (doctor) or mental healthcare provider. Refer to this webpage for more information.

The White House

The White House in Nelson is a peer-led day support service managed and staffed by its members with the assistance of a support manager. It offers members a safe and supportive place to belong, activities, employment and training opportunities, meals, computer and phone, TV and games. Self-referrals can be made by people who have used, or who are currently using, mental health services Refer to this webpage for more information.

Pathways

Pathways provides community-based mental health support services to adults and young people in Nelson, Blenheim and Motueka. Their services include residential recovery and mobile wellbeing support.

Pathways is passionate about supporting people to live well in their community of choice. They have been providing innovative community-based mental health, addiction and wellbeing services throughout New Zealand for 30 years

Pathways focuses on providing people with individualised support based on their needs, and values the important role that family, whānau and friends play in people’s recovery journeys. Refer to the Pathways website for more information.

Magenta Creative Space

This is an art studio in Nelson run by a charitable trust and referrals are not required. Magenta is based in the Old St John's church hall, behind the church on 320 Hardy St in Nelson. Phone (03) 545 8498.

Kaupapa Maori community support

Te Piki Oranga provides a range of mental health services, including community support services, in Nelson and Motueka. Refer to their website for more detail and referral information.

Te Ara Mahi employment and training support

Te Ara Mahi is a specialist training and employment agency for people who use mental health services. Refer to their website for referral and contact details.

Supporting Families peer support and advocacy services

Supporting Families provides free support for families, whanau and carers of people with mental illness. Refer to their website for referral and contact details.

Compass peer support and advocacy services

Operated through the Health Action Trust, Compass provides community mental health peer advocacy and support services. Refer to their website for contact details.

Whare Mahana Trust

The Whare Mahana Trust in Golden Bay provides home-based support services, respite accommodation and advocacy services Self-referral is an option for some services, or Te Whare Mahana Trust community mental healthcare providers. Refer to this website for more information.

Te Ara Mahi employment and training support

Te Ara Mahi is a specialist training and employment agency for people who use mental health services. Refer to their website for referral and contact details.

Supporting Families peer support and advocacy services

Supporting Families provides free support for families, whanau and carers of people with mental illness. Refer to their website for referral and contact details.

Hapai te Ora respite service

Hapai Te Ora is a house in a quiet part of Blenheim where people can stay for ‘time out’ from their own home or when they need extra support. The house is staffed 24 hours a day. Referrals to this service are made by Nelson Marlborough Health's Marlborough Mental Health Service team (formerly called 'Witherlea'). Refer to this website for more information.

CARE Marlborough

CARE Marlborough is a community mental health agency providing two services, the Mental Health Advocacy Service and a Day Activity Programme: 

  • Day Activity Programme at 26 Percy Street, Blenheim - the Centre has been developed to provide comfortable, warm and safe environment that provides opportunities to meet, be involved in different activities and share common experiences. The centre is open daily from 9am - 3pm.
  • Mental Health Advocacy Service - a free service which works in partnership with you to advocate on your behalf or support you to be respected, to have your rights heard and obtain the services you need. Please refer to the CARE Marlborough website for further details.

Pathways

Pathways provides community-based mental health support services to adults and young people in Nelson, Blenheim and Motueka. Their services include residential recovery and mobile wellbeing support.

Pathways is passionate about supporting people to live well in their community of choice. They have been providing innovative community-based mental health, addiction and wellbeing services throughout New Zealand for 30 years

Pathways focuses on providing people with individualised support based on their needs, and values the important role that family, whānau and friends play in people’s recovery journeys. Refer to the Pathways website for more information.

Kaupapa Maori community support

Te Piki Oranga provides a range of mental health services, including community support services, in Blenheim. Refer to their website for more detail and referral information.

Te Ara Mahi employment and training support

Te Ara Mahi is a specialist training and employment agency for people who use mental health services. Refer to their website for referral and contact details.

Supporting Families peer support and advocacy services

Supporting Families provides free support for families, whanau and carers of people with mental illness. Refer to their website for referral and contact details.