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Waitemata DHB Malaga a le Pasifika

Public Service


8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


Malaga a le Pasifika is a Pacific Mental Health Cultural Liaison Service which provides case support for consumers and their families and works alongside WDHB Mental Health Services.  It is a part of Takanga A Fohe Service which encompasses Isa Lei (Clinical) and Tupu (Alcohol and Drug & Gambling) as well. 

Malaga a le Pasifika staff will complete cultural assessments and offer advice for referral for Pacific clients to:
- Pacific mental health services
- mainstream mental health services
- Primary Health Organisations (GPs)
- own community.

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is a clinically significant behaviour 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 (occasionally) affect our capacity for speech, language, mood, affect, thoughts, perceptions, insight, judgement, cognition (understanding) and volition (ability to make choices). 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 basic medical qualifications, receives further training and develops the expertise to become a ‘specialist’ in identifying symptoms of, and diagnosing and treating, mental illnesses. You may have been referred to a psychiatrist if your doctor feels you need specialist help.



8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Not open on Public Holidays

Referral Expectations

Referral or entry criteria for Malaga:

  • Pacific consumer lives within the WDHB catchment area (West Auckland, North Shore, Rodney District)
  • Malaga may also be accessed by contacting the location Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) who will arrange a joint appointment for the consumer and their families, in conjunction with Malaga staff
  • all ages accepted.

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


There is a carpark at 33-37 Paramount Drive, Henderson.  Alternatively, parking is available on Paramount Drive and side streets.

Contact Details


Service Manager: Epenesa Olo - Whaanga

Team Manager: Netini Vaeau

Malaga a le Pasifika Cultural Coordinator:  Rima Tiller

33-37 Paramount Drive

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Street Address

33-37 Paramount Drive

Postal Address

Malaga a le Pasifika
c/o Takanga A Fohe
Waitemata District Health Board
Private Bag 93-503

This page was last updated at 2:08PM on June 13, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitemata DHB Malaga a le Pasifika.