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Capital & Coast DHB Te Whare Marie, Specialist Maori Mental Health Services

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Ko Whitireia Te Maunga
Ko Parirua Te Moana
Ko Hauora Te Waka
Ko Nga Hau E Wha Te Iwi
Ko Te Whare Marie Te Marae
Ko Te Whare Marie Te Whanau
Ko Pikau Te Rangi Arthur me Kui Ani Tangiwai Sweet Nga Tipuna

Tehei Mauri Ora!
Kii mai koe he aha te mea nui o te Ao
Maku e kii atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata


Ko te Korero Tahuhu o Te Whare Marie:
Nga Poutokomanawa o Te Whare Marie
Ko te Tumanako, te Whakapono me te Aroha
ki te Tangata

The Spiritual Foundations of Te Whare Marie:
The pillars for the house of peace,
are hope, faith and love
to the people

Te Whare Marie is a specialist Kaupapa Maori mental health service. We utilise Maori models in a therapeutic environment. We continuously work to include whanau in sustainable recovery from mental illness, combining Maori cultural concepts with Western clinical models of mental health care.  This may include the following:

  • cultural therapy, including wairua work
  • treatment planning and monitoring of mental state
  • monitoring of risk
  • liaison with other mental health services for example Te Whare o Matairangi/Ward 27, Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT)
  • referral to other support services as required.

Te Whare Marie comprises two teams:

  • Tamariki, Rangatahi me o Ratou Whanau (0 - 19 years)
  • Pakeke me nga Kaumatua Whanau (20 - 65 years) 

Our service coverage extends from Peka Peka Road (just north of Waikanae) to Wellington South. Hutt Valley is provided for by Hutt Valley District Health Board [phone (04) 570-9801, Fax (04) 570-9004].

Te Haika is the referral central point for all Capital and Coast DHB Mental Health Services.  You can find details on Te Haika here:



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.


Te Whare Marie is open from 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

We are not open after these hours. Please contact the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) on (04) 494 9169 if you have serious concerns about yourself or a member of your whanau outside of working hours.

Referral Expectations

Once admitted into a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), you will complete an assessment.  Following completion of the assessment, you may be assigned a Case Manager (CM) to provide for your ongoing care and support in the community. Your CM will be part of the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) which is a group of experienced mental health professionals including your psychiatrist, Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs), trainee psychiatrist (if any), psychologists, Social Workers (SWs), and Occupational Therapists (OTs).

At times you may become very unwell if you have not responded to treatment as expected. In this situation, urgent assessments can be arranged by your GP via the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT). There will also be an arrangement set up for you to contact the CATT team if things start getting worse or you feel unsafe with yourself.

After a period of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation under the CMHT, you may become well and safe enough to be discharged into the care of your GP. The CMHT will discharge you only after consultation with yourself, your family (whanau) or other significant person (if involved in your care and treatment) and your GP. These decisions are very important and are only taken after further discussion in the weekly MDT meeting.

Once discharged, you may be re-referred to the CMHT by your GP if your mental state becomes of concern. Usually all referrals, assessments and treatments will be done with your consent but if you are so mentally unwell that you have no awareness of your health and are consequently unable to agree to treatment, then your treatment and care will be compulsory under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992. This Act is designed to provide assessment and safe treatment without causing you further harm of any sort. As soon as you are well and safe enough, you will be discharged from under the MH (CAT) Act 1992.

Common Conditions / Services

  • Anxiety Disorders

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

  • Schizophrenia

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

  • Confidentiality, Your Rights and What to Expect when Accessing Te Whare Marie

    Your rights:
    When you use our service you are protected by a number of rights under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994.… More


Our service is provided free of charge.

Document Downloads

  • Te Whare Marie Service Pamphlet (PDF, 779.4 KB)
    This pamphlet also contains maps on how to get to Te Whare Marie.
  • Wellington Survival Guide (PDF, 557.2 KB)
    This guide has some useful information about different services available e.g. housing, counselling services etc. There are also further links to community organisations below (in the 'Other' section) which are available over the Web

Public Transport

Most public transport options stop at the main entrance to Kenepuru Hospital.  From there you will need to walk to the Puketiro Centre which is approximately a 10 minute walk (see directions on service pamphlet).

If you are travelling by bus:
The No. 59 bus travels between Porirua Railway Station and Johnsonville Railway Station, with daytime services between 9am and 5.30pm stopping at Kenepuru’s main entrance. Services run half-hourly, and are timed to provide a connecting service to the hospital for passengers arriving from (and departing to) Kapiti by train.

The No. 63/64 service from Cannons Creek to Porirua Station continues on to Kenepuru’s main entrance during weekday morning peak hours (5 buses each day between 6.40am and 8.40am)

If you are travelling by train:
From Kenepuru Railway Station, it takes approximately ten minutes to walk to Puketiro Centre (which is off Kenepuru Drive) where Te Whare Marie is based.  During morning and evening peak hours, trains running between Porirua and Wellington stop at Kenepuru, however Paraparaumu – Wellington and Plimmerton – Wellington services do not.

Also check out www.metlink.org.nz for up-to-date timetables and schedules.

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Parking is available outside of the building free of charge.


Check out Te Whare Tapa Wha, one of the Maori models we use at Te Whare Marie.  Tuituia is an important document which discusses recovery from mental illness for Maori.

If your whanau has any concerns and need extra support they are welcome to also contact:

Atareira - Mental Health Support for Family and Whanau 
Office/Administration First Floor 274 Taranaki St Mount Cook Wellington

Phone (04) 499 1049

Email enquiries@atareira.org.nz

Links to other organisations:

Kapiti Community Directory

Porirua Community Directory

Wellington Community Directory

Glossary of some terms used through this website:

Kaupapa Maori: Maori philosophy

Kaumatua: Elder

Pakeke: Adult

Rangatahi: Youth

Tamariki: Child

Whanau: Family

Some common mental health abbreviations and 'jargon'

Contact Details

Rauta Crescent
C/- Puketiro Centre
Kenepuru Community Hospital
Porirua 5022

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Street Address

Rauta Crescent
C/- Puketiro Centre
Kenepuru Community Hospital
Porirua 5022

Postal Address

C/- Puketiro Centre
Kenepuru Community Hospital
PO Box 50233
Porirua 5022

This page was last updated at 2:09PM on January 18, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Te Whare Marie, Specialist Maori Mental Health Services.