Community mental health services
There are many community-based services across the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions that offer respite care, support, day programmes and peer-led support.
Find out what services are available in your area:
Nīkau Hauora Hub
Nīkau Hauora Hub is a place where people are welcome. At the Hub you will find peer and community support, all in one place to assist your well-being journey. We will support you to connect with services and agencies to cover your physical health and well-being needs, housing, access to eligible services: benefit entitlements, training and education, employment and wider social supports.
You might be referred to the Hub or you can come to visit us yourself. If you have used Hub services before you can always return for further support.
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.
Referrals must come via a Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand clinical referral. Eligibility criteria apply.
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.
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.
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
Te Whare Mahana Trust
Te 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.
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').
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 a 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 9.00am - 3.00pm.
Mental Health Advocacy Service - a free service that 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.
Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services
Oranga Toi Ora Māori Mental Health
Oranga Toi Ora provides specialist crisis and routine assessment, care management and consultancy throughout which Maori values and health are inherent.
The principles of equity, accessibility, freedom of choice and the right to quality are sustained in a culturally-sensitive service that is appropriately either Maori, mainstream or a combination of both.
How to access Oranga Toi Ora services
Referrals must come via a GP, a Community Assessment Team member, or a Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand clinical referral.
Location and contact details
Nelson Kaiatawhai Tangata Care Manager
Physical Address: Montrose Villa Braemar Campus Nelson Hospital
Marlborough Kaiatawhai Tangata Care Manager
Physical Address: Wairau Hospital Blenheim (located at the Emergency entrance off Hospital Road)
Postal Address: P.O. Box 46 Blenheim
Te Piki Oranga Māori Wellness Services
Te Piki Oranga provides a range of mental health services, including community support services, in Blenheim, Nelson and Motueka.
Support for Young People
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.
Support for Families
Marlborough - Supporting Families peer support and advocacy services
Supporting Families provides free support for families, whānau and carers of people with mental illness.
Nelson - Yellow Brick Road peer support and advocacy services
Supporting Families provides free support for families, whanau and carers of people with mental illness.
Peer Support & Advocacy Services
Operated through the Health Action Trust, Compass provides community mental health peer advocacy and support services.
Employment & Training Support
Te Whare Mahana Trust
Te Whare Mahana Trust is a specialist training and employment agency for people who use mental health services.
Page last updated: 07/07/2023