Te Korowai Hou Ora (The Cloak of New Life)

Te Korowai Hou Ora (The Cloak of New Life)

  • Māori Mental Health, Southland

Te Korowai Hou Ora is a Māori mental health service for adults and children experiencing a significant mental health issue requiring secondary care intervention.  The aim of Te Korowai Hou Ora is to provide tangata whaiora and their whānau quality service based on the values of tika, pono and aroha that meet their needs on their journey to wellness.  Te Korowai Hou Ora recognises that wellness can only be achieved through collaboration, understanding and dedication.

A range of services are provided to tangata whaiora and their whānau by the Te Korowai Hou Ora team.  The services are primarily hosiptial based.  The team comprises of Māori staff  from iwi and hapu across Aotearoa.  Staff have knowledge of tikanga Māori, life experience, clinical expertise with mental health issues and most importantly a passion for supporting tangata whaiora and their whānau on their recovery pathway.  Te Korowai Hou Ora services are available for all tangata whaiora who are receiving clinical mental health services within the Southern DHB.

The cultural workers and registered nurse function like all other clinicians within the mental health service.  They attend multi-disciplinary clinical team meetings providing clinical treatment, conduct cultural assessments and support tangata whaiora through the recovery process.

Ki te kāhore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te Iwi
Without foresight or vision the people will be lost

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.



To be referred to Te Korowai Hou Ora you must be a current mental health service user or are being assessed by the mental health service at Southland Hospital.  You may request  support from Te Korowai Hou Ora at any time through your Psychiatrist or Case Manager.

Once we have received your referral a Cultural Worker or Māori Mental Health Nurse will contact you to arrange a suitable time and place for your first meeting.  During this meeting there will be time for whakawhānaungatanga (relationship building) to take place and to kōrero about what your current needs may be and what services we can provide.  We warmly invite whānau and / or support people to attend any mental health hui with you.


Te Korowai Hou Ora is situated at the Southland Hospital.

Open: 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Tel: 03) 214 5786 or 0800 443366
Tel: 03 2181949 extn. 8507
Fax: (03) 214 5722