Welcome to Te Whare Mahana

An independent, Non-Government Organisation (NGO) based in Takaka

Te Whare Mahana Trust is an independent, Non-Government Organisation (NGO) based in Takaka, Golden Bay. Started in 1989, it provides a range of community-based mental health services within the Golden Bay region. These include a Community Mental Health Service, an Employment and Vocational service, and a residential DBT Programme. Teams are staffed by trained professionals who are committed to providing best quality services and a genuine, warm and welcoming atmosphere for clients, their families and whanau. Golden Bay is renowned for its strong and supportive community, spirit and beautiful environment, so is an ideal setting for the Trust’s services. Te Whare Mahana Trust has strong connections with other service providers and agencies within the area and works closely with Golden Bay Community Hospital and local GP’s and the Community Workers.

Te Whare Mahana is rightly recognised today as a key contributor to community health in the region and as a leader in Recovery-focused, mental health service delivery.


Our 3 Main Services

Community Mental Health (CMH)

The Community Mental Health (CMH) service is based close to the centre of Takaka township. This is a clinical service staffed by trained, registered, mental health professionals and is available to the wider Golden Bay community. The team also has two Community Mental Health Support Workers who work alongside Case Managers to provide Recovery-focused support to clients of the service. In addition to the daily service, the team operates a 24/7 crisis on-call service which is available after-hours and on public holidays. CMH is funded by Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

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Employment and Vocational Service (EVS)

The Employment and Vocational Service (EVS) is funded by the Ministry of Social Development. Staff work alongside the TWM DBT programme and CMH to offer a programme of supported vocational and employment interventions to clients with the aim of enhancing their quality of life and independence. The most public face of EVS is ‘Helping Hands’, a work agency providing paid, casual employment as a step towards permanent work.

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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Residential Programme (DBT)

The Residential DBT Programme is located in Takaka township and runs from a large villa set amongst beautiful gardens. The programme is specifically designed to provide treatment for complex personality disorders, offering six long-term placements of approximately one year. The programme is staffed by therapists and skills coaches, all of whom are trained in DBT. This service is funded by the Ministry of Health and is open to clients nationwide.

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