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WALSH trust (West Auckland Living Skills Trust)

Mental Health & Addictions Service


He Kakano Ora

Programme Areas

Mental health, Maternal & infant - mental health & addictions

Programme Type

Maternal mental health - community support


North Auckland, Central Auckland, West Auckland

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Our referrals come from maternal mental health services in the Waitemata DHB and Auckland DHB areas.


He Kākano Ora (‘seeds for life’) offers  residential respite support for mothers to recover from mental health difficulties between the first trimester of pregnancy through to their baby turning one year of age.  We also offer support to families in their homes.

At He Kākano Ora we can:

  • Support you with your individual goals
  • Provide mental health support and promote wellness
  • Help you to access appropriate community resources or groups
  • Offer support in caring for your baby as required
  • Assist with pregnancy and birth planning support
  • Liaise and work with your clinical team and other agencies you chose to be involved
  • Maintain your rights and dignity at all times

The respite service is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our registered health professionals and experienced staff work alongside our mothers in our spacious home in Te Atatu which is well resourced. We provide a relaxing environment that promotes wellness and recovery and fosters attachment between mothers and their babies. We recognize that you drive your own recovery and our approach is based on helping you to identify and utilise your strengths. He Kākano Ora staff will also respect your cultural needs and ensure that you are in a safe environment that you can enjoy.

Should you have any further questions or interest in the service we provide please contact the WALSH Trust team on ph. 09 836 1401.

Contact Details

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

8 Hickory Avenue
Auckland 0612

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Street Address

8 Hickory Avenue
Auckland 0612

Postal Address

PO Box 21865
Auckland 0650

This page was last updated at 11:19AM on May 12, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by WALSH trust (West Auckland Living Skills Trust).