Te Oranga Tonu Tanga (Wakari)

Te Oranga Tonu Tanga (Wakari)

  • Māori Mental Health, Otago

The Southern DHB, Te Oranga Tonu Tanga (a pathway to healing) is a free kaupapa driven Māori service for adults and children providing awhi, manaaki and tautoko to those individuals and whānau who are experiencing a significant mental health issue.

A range of services are provided by the Kaioranga Hauora Māori to tangata whaiora (clients).  Services are provided for both hospital (for all tangata whaiora who are receiving clinical mental health services within the Southern DHB) and community.  

Kaioranga Hauora Māori descends from a variety of iwi (tribal affiliations) offering an extensive in-depth understanding of each rohe (area) from where they come from.  Kaioranga Hauora Māori have expert knowledge of tikanga Māori, life experience, clinical expertise within mental health and most importantly a passion about supporting Māori on their journey to recovery and in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.  The service also has access to kaumatua to help guide and support the Kaioranga Hauora Māori in their practice as well as provide guidance and support to the tangata whaiora and their whānau.

The Kaioranga Hauora Māori functions like all other clinicians within the mental health service.  They attend multi-disciplinary team meetings within their individual liaison areas and their own multidisciplinary meeting where clinical and cultural assessments are conducted and discussed.

Whakamanatia  ngā moemoea  ngā wawata  me ngā tumanako ngā tipuna o nehe rā.
To restore the dreams, aspirations and hopes of our ancestors past and present.


What is Mental Health

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community".
Mental illness is a clinically significant behaviour or psychological (to do with the mind) disorder that is associated with distress or disability. It is not just the way someone responds to a particular event nor is it limited to the way a person interacts with society.
A mental illness can continuously or intermittently (occasionally) affect our capacity for speech, language, mood, affect thoughts, perceptions, insight, judgment, cognition (understanding) and volition (ability to make choices). It can limit our ability to function as society would normally expect of us and can put us and others at risk.

Mental illness is therefore, a broad term that covers problems ranging from minor to severe disorders.


Referrals received through self-referral, GP, Mental Health Services and Māori Health Providers.  If you are a current (SDHB) Mental Health service user, you can request through either your Psychiatrist or Case Manager to be referred to our service. There is an expectation that you are currently receiving support from a registered mental health professional and that you meet the criteria for entry into the service.
You can request a referral form from Te Oranga Tonu Tanga.
Once we have received your referral a Kaioranga Hauora Māori  will contact you to arrange a suitable time and place for your first meeting.
During this meeting there will be a time for whakawhānaungatanga (relationship building) to take place and to kōrero about what services we can provide and what your current needs may be. You can if you wish bring along whānau members and/or support people to the meeting.

Me mahi tahi tātou.


Te Oranga Tonu Tanga is situated at Te Taiahoaho on the Wakari hospital site. Follow the sign posts.
Telephone:  03 474 0999 extn. 5510
Direct dial:   03 476 9510
Fax 03 4766001
Open: 8.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.