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Kakakura Health Services

Mental Health & Addictions Service, Kaupapa Māori


Respite Care

Programme Areas

Mental health, Kaupapa Māori

Programme Type

Kaupapa Māori - mental health, Respite



Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

You are eligible to receive our services if you have the following:         

•  A psychiatric diagnosis,         
•  Are referred by a psychiatric clinician,         
•  Have a current needs assessment,         
•  And are aged 18 years and over.


Te Kotuku provides 2 beds for emergency and planned respite care for Southern District Health Board.

Te Kotuku is a Kaupapa Māori 24-hour residential rehabilitation and respite facility for adults who experience mental illness. Pou Tautoko are trained and supervised mental health support workers.  They assist people who have a mental illness to transition from institutional care to a home- based environment.  A balance of cultural and clinical approaches are utilised to achieve takata whaiora (client) goals of wellbeing. These goals are to be integrated into their daily living activities.

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 8:04AM on June 29, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Kakakura Health Services.