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Rodger Wright Centre

Mental Health & Addictions Service


10 Washington Way, Christchurch

9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


The Rodger Wright Centre (RWC) is a not for profit, needle exchange organisation with a focus on harm reduction for people who inject drugs (PWID).


Needle Exchange Service, Help & Advice

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer support (AOD), Community / social support (AOD)



Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections


In addition to exchanging injection equipment, Needle Exchanges offer free help and advice to injecting drug users about health issues . You should bear in mind that advice or information given is not designed to replace that of health or legal professionals but is offered as a more user friendly, realistic and practical nature.

Whilst none of the needle exchanges offer treatment for addiction problems they are able to give an overview of services available in various regions of the country. We can also help people find assistance that is most appropriate to them, from a range of community based services, such as detoxification and methadone through to more intensive residential based services.


We are unique in as much as, all of the New Zealand Needle Exchanges are based on the concept of a peer service. This means that many of the staff and volunteers have either current or past lived experience of injecting drugs, which in turn allows you to access a service that has empathy and understanding from people who have often shared similar experiences.

How do I access this service?

Walk in

Website / App

Injecting and harm reduction equipment can be purchased from the NZNEP online shop at 


No fees apply.

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10 Washington Way, Christchurch

9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Labour Day (24 Oct), Canterbury Anniversary (11 Nov), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (5 Jun), Matariki (14 Jul).

Languages Spoken


Disability Assistance

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair Access



Parking available.


Contact Details

9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

10 Washington Way
Canterbury 8011

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Street Address

10 Washington Way
Canterbury 8011

Postal Address

PO Box 22478

108 Seaview Road, New Brighton, Christchurch


9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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This page was last updated at 10:48AM on May 16, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Rodger Wright Centre.