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A Girl Called Hope

Mental Health & Addictions Service



A Girl Called Hope is a non–profit organisation working with young women who are motivated for change and facing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, disordered eating and low self-image.  

Through our holistic wellbeing programmes we provide reflection of one's own journey, learning of healthy coping tools and positive life-skills, and opportunities to develop healthy connection with others.  We do this by providing a place to heal and strengthen based on the Te Whare Tapa Wha model of health. 

Our Residential Wellbeing Programme is voluntary for young women of Aotearoa aged 16 - 28 years.  The Residential Wellbeing phase is for 16 weeks where participants live on-site engaged in daily routine promoting lifestyle balance physically, mentally & emotionally, relationally and spiritually.  The Home is located on the North Shore of Auckland.  A further 8 weeks of remote counselling is offered as part of the 12 month Transition Support phase when participants have returned to their communities.  Regular weekend leave for participants is part of the programme and ensures a strengthening connection with whānau and community.


Voluntary Residential Wellbeing Programme

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Non-acute specialist mental health community services


All of New Zealand

Age Groups

Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

As a voluntary programme participants self-refer.  If you are a young woman between the ages of 16 and 28 and are motivated to change, we invite you to begin the application process. Please click here for an application form.  Health professionals and whānau supporting a young woman are welcome to enquire.

The application process takes time as we want to make sure that we are suited to meet an applicant's current needs.  Each situation is considered individually once we have all the necessary information so please feel free to call us if you want help with the application.

For whānau and health professionals please visit our website for detailed information on what we offer and please offer to support your young woman if she would like to request an application form.  You can also ring us if you have any questions that haven't been answered from our website.  Please note that all legal issues must be resolved before being eligible for the wellbeing programme as we are unable to facilitate any reporting requirements (e.g. probation reporting).



A Girl Called Hope exists to see young women reach their full potential through participation in a voluntary structured, residential wellbeing programme. The programme is open to women aged 16 – 28 years, from anywhere in Aotearoa, and consists of the following three phases:

- Intake
- Residential Wellbeing 
- Transitional Support

Participants enter a welcoming home-like environment that is a safe space to learn tools and techniques to bring change.  Through the experience of living in community on site (Auckland) for 16 weeks, participants learn to engage healthily in respectful and boundaried relationships with each other and staff.  Individual counselling, group process, staff coaching and self-discovery through the life development and skills classes is part of a typical week.  Regular set weekend leave is part of programme to remain connected to whānau/support network. 

8 weeks of remote counselling is offered upon return to community, as part of our 12 month Transition Support phase.

The wellbeing programme has been developed to encompass life skills development, career advice, communication skills and emotion regulation skills.  The practical skills of cooking, cleaning, and budgeting are also integrated into the wellbeing programme. Each young woman participates in the daily running of the home, and is involved in recreation that includes team building and community activities. Access to other health professionals is available as required.

An Accountability Mentor is also offered as part of the Transition Support phase, alongside support from our Transitional Support Coordinator.


 The Team consists of:

  • The Intake Coordinator who assists applicants to the Residential Wellbeing Programme to ensure suitability to meet their current needs.
  • In the Home the Wellbeing Programmes Assistants, Household Manager, Counsellors and Kaitautoko all work to provide a holistic programme within a safe environment.  A qualified nutrition health professional is contracted to A Girl Called Hope part–time and residents access external medical services as required.
  • The Transitional Support Coordinator provides support for Accountability Mentors as part of our awhi of programme participants back in their community.
  • The Team is supported by the Wellbeing Programmes Manager, Makerita Siaosi (who is responsible for wellbeing programme staff and therapeutic oversight), and the Executive Director, Kerry Petrie who has oversight of the organisation and accountability to our Board of Trustees.


Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke

How do I access this service?

Contact us

Our website has plenty of information about our Wellbeing Programmes and you can call us between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, to speak with any of our team available.…


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The programme is provided free of charge for young women aged 16 to 28 years.  Residents are responsible for medical costs, travel costs for weekend leave and personal cares expenses.  Donations towards the running costs are expected from residents and/or their support people (similar to school donations) and this is discussed during the application process.


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Staff are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for Residents.

Enquiries by phone are answered Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm (excl Public Holidays).

Contact Details

Postal Address

PO Box 302197
North Harbour
Auckland 0751

This page was last updated at 3:43PM on August 16, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by A Girl Called Hope.