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Buddies Peer Support Service

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer support (AOD), Peer / advocacy / group / family whanau support


Wellington, Hutt

Age Groups


Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

This service is only available to current inpatients at Te Whare o Matairangi or Te Whare Ahuru.


Buddies peer support service shares the hope of recovery with ‘peers’ who are currently experiencing mental health difficulties. Buddies provides services to the acute wards in Wellington (Te Whare O Matairangi) and the Hutt Valley (Te Whare Ahuru) hospitals.

Buddies do not provide advocacy but can signpost to relevant advocacy services.

“I think it’s a really special thing to be able to talk to someone who truly understands what you’re going through and is a living example that people can make it out the other side”  

If you would like to know more about Buddies, please email either Paul Ellis, our Wellington Buddies Coordinator or Helen Anderson, our Hutt Valley Buddies Coordinator.

Contact Details

First Floor
Riddiford House
94 Riddiford Street
Wellington 6021

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Street Address

First Floor
Riddiford House
94 Riddiford Street
Wellington 6021

Postal Address

PO Box 7017
Wellington 6242

This page was last updated at 4:22PM on March 19, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Kites.