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Mental Health & Addictions Service, Kaupapa Māori


Mahana Southern Maori Mental Health & Addiction Service

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol, Kaupapa Māori

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD), Kaupapa Māori (AOD)



Age Groups

Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

This service can be accessed by self referral and external agency referral.

Support is provided to:

  • Youth (14-17 years)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Affected whānau

Mahana is a Southern Māori Mental Health and Addictions service providing support to individuals and whānau experiencing mild to moderate issues. In addition to counselling, Mahana facilitates a range of cultural resilience-building activities that promote wellbeing. 

We offer: Addiction 

  • One-on-one counselling support
  • Te Rongo Pai - Peer support group 
  • Cultural wellbeing activities - site/community based 
  • Creative arts
  • Wananga-based interventions
  • Pou Whirinaki cultural advisor support
  • Mobile service options

We offer: Mental Health 

  • Assessment
  • Intervention 
  • Access to cultural wellbeing activities
  • Mobile service options 

Please note: If you are engaged with a secondary service, you are not eligible for entry into Mahana. We are not a crisis intervention service. 

Services are extended Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm. Late night options by appointment. 

Tikanga setting: Mahana is guided by a Kahui Kaumātua, ensuring culturally safe delivery of services to tangata whaiora and whānau. 

Aronui - Art Therapy Programme 

A group programme, facilitated at our Invercargill office, which aims to reduce the harm of alcohol and drug use and gambling harm by exploring and understanding why participants use these substances. Through art, participants can explore the role alcohol and/or drugs plays in their lives, the impact it has on themselves, whānau and community, their attitudes, behaviours, beliefs and values, the actions and consequences of substance abuse, an understanding of self and a life without alcohol and/or drugs. 

For all referrals to Mahana:
Email us admin@kaitahu.Mā
Phone 0800 925 242
or self refer by presenting at the following offices: 
Level 2, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill 
Level 4, 333 Princes Street, Dunedin 

Contact Details

  • Freephone

    0800 925 242

  • Stop Smoking Email

92 Spey Street
Southland 9810

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Street Address

92 Spey Street
Southland 9810

Postal Address

PO Box 1749
Invercargill 9840

This page was last updated at 11:04AM on June 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust - Mental Health & Addictions.