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Te Ara Mahi

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Te Ara Mahi is a specialist mental health and addictions employment agency funded by the Ministry of Health. We have sixteen years experience meeting the needs of employees and employers and helping them form lasting relationships. 

Te Ara Mahi works with a wide range of employees and employers across Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and the West Coast with local offices in each area. Our mission is to creatively support clients to achieve their employment, education and training goals and to promote recovery.


Employment & Training Support

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Supported employment


Nelson Marlborough, West Coast

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

To access our support, please talk to your mental health professional. You can be referred via Nelson Marlborough DHB or West Coast DHB mental health services. In some circumstances you may be referred by your GP.

You are welcome to contact us first yourself to find out about eligibility and referral to this free service.


Te Ara Mahi works closely with people using mental health and addiction services to help them develop clear employment goals and make active, planned progress towards achieving those goals. This includes looking for paid employment and engaging in training that will lead to future employment. 

Steps along the journey towards paid work may include job sampling or voluntary work, and anything vocational that helps job seekers gain or regain skills, improve their motivation and build self-confidence. Rather than 'placing' job seekers into roles, we actively support people to find suitable and sustainable employment. 


Te Ara Mahi staff come from a range of backgrounds and life experiences. We understand the needs of people with barriers to employment who are looking for meaningful employment or training.

Our staff have experience and qualifications in employment support, career guidance and social work.  All Te Ara Mahi staff have a commitment to providing support that is professional, respectful, friendly and down to earth.


We are a free service.

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 12:34PM on July 5, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Te Ara Mahi.