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Hauora Tairāwhiti - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Mental Health & Addictions Service



This service covers the Tairāwhiti district up to the Anaura Bay turnoff just north of Tolaga Bay.

Ngati Porou Hauora covers the area from the Anaura Bay turnoff up to the northern Tairāwhiti boundary.


Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Programme Areas

Crisis / acute, Mental health

Programme Type

Intake / assessment, Non-acute specialist mental health community services



Age Groups

Child, Youth

Referral Types

GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

All referrals are processed through Te Kuwatawata, the single point of entry into the Mental Health and Addictions service.

Referrals (requests for support) can be made in the following ways:

  • Self-referral or by a whanau member
  • Through your GP
  • By schools or tertiary education providers
  • Through agencies or services within our community
  • By hospital services

We are an infant, child and young person focused service that assists to create a positive change in various emotional, psychological and psychiatric health imbalances that impact wellbeing.

The symbol of Te Whare o Te Rito is the harakeke or flax plant which symbolises our philosophy in working with infants, children, young people and their families.

The rito or the young shoot is representative of our child or young person while the older larger leaves that protect the rito represent the support systems within the family and community. Like the rito, our children and young people need our support to be able to grow strong and straight so that they can be a support for the next generation themselves in the future.

At Te Whare o Te Rito we use a variety of approaches depending on the infant’s, child’s or young person’s emotional, psychological and psychiatric health needs such as:

  • Various types of counselling
  • Various types of therapies
  • Medication treatment
  • Indigenous approaches such as Mahi-a-Atua.

The ICAMHS team provides urgent assessments for children and adolescents during normal working hours. The Psychiatric Assessment Triage Team (PATT) provides this service outside of hours.


Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

For acute assistance outside of these hours, please contact the Psychiatric Assessment Triage Team (PATT). 


No fees apply


The team includes:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologists
  • Koroua and Kuia
  • Administrators
  • Clinical specialists who are social workers and nurses who specialise in working with this age group


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Contact Details

Gisborne Hospital


Te Rito House
421 Ormond Road
Gisborne 4010

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Street Address

Te Rito House
421 Ormond Road
Gisborne 4010

Postal Address

Private Bag 7001
Gisborne 4040

This page was last updated at 2:58PM on June 4, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Hauora Tairāwhiti - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).