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Atareira - Mental Health Support for Families and Whānau

Our service provides:

  • Face to face and telephone support
  • Information about mental illness, addictions, and treatment options
  • Support with communications and understanding of family dynamics
  • Encourage and support to develop coping and self-care strategies
  • Liasion with Mental Health and Community Services
  • Advocacy with all services and agencies
  • Specialist support for children
  • Family/whānau support groups

Family/Whānau Support Service

Family and whānau need access to services that support and enchance their wellbeing.  Our service can recognise and build on the resilience of the family/whānau, understand and affirm their experience of supporting someone with a mental illness or addiction, and provide information, advocacy, and support. Support for children, Māori and Pasifika whānau available.

Our service is:

  • Free to use
  • Recovery-focused
  • Available to people of all ages
  • Respectful of your privacy
  • Mobile

Anyone can refer themselves or – with permission – another person to Atareira’s services. There is no referral form to fill out, simply contact us with your details and we will take it from there.  The Family/Whānau Support Service is free because it is funded by Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHB.


Easy Access Housing

This service is for individuals with Mental Health and Addiction needs that have contributed to them becoming homeless.

We provide transitional shared housing and supports that enable people to seek and apply for appropriate longer-term housing.

We welcome and encourage the involvement of any support organisations/agencies people choose to include in their Housing Action Plan.

We assist residents to:

  • Create a personalised Housing Action Plan
  • Maintain their connections with clinical and community supports
  • Maintain health households and inter-personal relationships
  • Explore opportunities for personal and professional growth



Documents for download


Contact details

Address: Atareira, BNZ Centre, Level 6, 14 Hartham Place, Porirua 5022
Phone: (04) 499 1049
Hours: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Email: Send a message[email protected]
Easy Access Housing Team
Address: Easy Access Housing Team - Dwell Housing Trust Level 5, 173 - 175 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
Phone: (04) 499 1049 Ext 2
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Email: Send a message[email protected]
Entry criteria
Open entry