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Waitematā DHB Whitiki Maurea - Māori Mental Health and Addiction Services

Public Service, Mental Health, Kaupapa Māori


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


Whītiki Maurea is Waitematā District Health Board’s Māori Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Service. It consists of three teams:

  • MOKO Services
  • Te Ātea Marino 
  • Te Pae Ahurea 

Whītiki Maurea is committed to the kaupapa of healing for Māori by weaving together Māori cultural values and Western clinical practice, thereby providing Māori tangata i te whaiora and their whānau with the best possible health outcomes. Whānau centred therapy is the driving force for Whītiki Maurea and a marae-focused, wairua-driven service is the ultimate objective.

Moko Services: Māori Mental Health Team
Based on the North Shore and in Waitakere City, Moko Mōkai provides both cultural and clinical services to Māori tangata i te whaiora living in the Waitematā DHB area.  Access to Moko Mōkai is via direct referral or via other Waitematā DHB mental health services.

Te Ātea Marino: Māori Alcohol and Drug Regional Team
The Te Ātea Marino regional Māori Alcohol and Drug Team provides a range of services to Māori tangata i te whaiora and their whānau throughout the Auckland metropolitan area. Te Ātea Marino also works alongside Community Alcohol and Drug Services Auckland (CADS) to ensure that Māori tangata i te whaiora needs are met. Access to Te Ātea Marino is via direct referral or via CADS teams.

Te Pae Ahurea
Te Pae Ahurea is the cultural team who guides the District Mental Health Service throughout Waitematā DHB by supporting Māori tangata whai i te ora and their whānau.  Te Pae Ahurea can be accessed via email: . Duty Ph: (09) 822 8557

What is Mental Illness?
Mental illness is a clinically significant behavioural or psychological (to do with the mind) disorder that is associated with distress or disability. It is not just the way someone responds to a particular event nor is it limited to the way a person interacts with society.
A mental illness can continuously or intermittently affect a person's thinking, feeling and behaviour.  It can limit our ability to function as society would normally expect of us and can put us and others at risk.
Mental illness is therefore, a broad term that covers problems ranging from minor to severe disorders.
Who is a Psychiatrist?
A ‘psychiatrist’ is a doctor who, after receiving medical qualifications and basic hospital experience, receives further training and develops the expertise to become a ‘specialist’ in identifying, diagnosing, and treating mental illnesses.  You may be referred to a psychiatrist if your doctor feels you need specialist help.


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Common Conditions

  • Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that affects about 1% of the general population.… More

  • Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression

    This is a mood disorder in which both depressive (persistent low mood) and manic (elevated or high mood) episodes are experienced.… More

  • Depression

    Depression is a mood disorder. Emotional states like sadness, ‘feeling blue’ or tearfulness are part of normal human experience.… More

  • Anxiety Disorders

    We all feel some anxiety at some time or other.… More


Tea/Coffee and filtered water is available at Waimarino reception.  Feel free to enjoy this.


Visitor and disability parking is available at Waimarino Building, 33 Paramount Drive, Henderson.  Please report to reception on arrival.

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 1:44PM on January 19, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Whitiki Maurea - Maori Mental Health and Addiction Services.