Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Southern Lakes' 

A key part if our role is to provide support, advice and connection for our business community.  If you would like any further information/help please contact us at

If you need help now

  • Freecall or text 1737, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for support from trained counsellors. 

  • Freecall Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357.

  • Contact your GP

For advice, visit:


Wanaka Based Support

Community Networks Wanaka
Community Networks provide the following services – Community Foodbank, financial support for counselling, arrange appointments with Community Law, JP and the Wheels to Dunstan shuttle service to Dunstan (and Dunedin Hospital) and so much more.

Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wanaka.
P: 03 443 7799



Confidential, psychology-informed Counselling and Coaching with Raphael van Workum

Anxiety, overwhelm and burnout are serious concerns for many of us as employers, and our employees in the Otago region. While you might not suffer from a mental illness, you might not be at a level of well-being that you feel you are thriving mentally, physically, and emotionally. Gain support to understand practical ways to calm your nervous system, make small lifestyle adjustments for big results by talking through your stresses with a Holistic Counsellor. With Raphael, you'll learn practical tools to get the most out of your life, express boundaries in healthy ways, and feel less anxious and more energized. Confidential, psychology-informed Counselling and Coaching with Raphael van Workum is available for both individuals and businesses, you can get up to 50% of your support covered through the Regional Business Partners Funding for any local business.

Contact Raphael to discuss: or text: 0274770333


Diversity Counselling New Zealand (DCNZ) – Free online or phone counselling/psychology service for migrants. To access this service call or text on 021 0262 5587 between 9am and 5pm or email:

DCNZ will respond within 24 hours to book an appointment.

Free culturally responsive counselling and psychological services by ethnic, registered professional counsellors and clinical psychologists for migrants and former refugees from Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, and Continental European backgrounds (all age groups, all genders).

This service is available nationwide in the following languages. For other languages, professional interpreters are available. (Bemba, Bengali, English, French, German   Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Nyanja, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Spanish, Tamil)



Kaupapa Maori Services

Improving the health and wellbeing of Māori, ensuring that Māori are able to access timely, appropriate, responsive and effective health care and social services.

Local kaupapa Māori providers deliver services for both Māori and non-Maori, taking a approach which values Māori tikanga (cultural values, processes and beliefs).


Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust

Mana Tāhuna’s mission is to improve the overall wellbeing and livelihood of Māori people within the Tāhuna community. This will be achieved through:                                         

  • Job creation and re-skilling for Tāhuna whānau
  • Cultivate kotahitanga (unity) within the Māori community
  • Assist in upholding the mana of the Māori people in the wider Tāhuna area 
  • Tāhuna Māori fulfill their obligated role as a kaitiaki of the Whakatipu area
  • Assist in helping Tāhuna whānau to strengthen their connection to their Māoritanga 
  • Provide opportunities that empower Tāhuna Māori and allow them to make positive contributions to their whānau and their communities 
  • Ensure the interests of mana whenua are considered in situations where it is appropriate.

P: 027 778 3935


Uruuruwhenua Health Inc 

Uruuruwhenua Health is focused on Māori health but is open to all members of the Central Otago community. Our key objective is to ensure existing health professionals and social services/agencies are coordinated and that Māori are assisted to better utilise the services that are available.

We assist whānau in working towards healthier lifestyles, promoting and understanding of the Whare Tapa Wha Health model in terms of tinana (physical wellbeing), wairua (spiritual wellbeing), hinengaro (mental wellbeing) and whānau (family wellbeing).

P: 0800 878 087 


Māori Health

Improving Māori health is an important area of focus for all health services and providers within New Zealand. Here you can find a range of resources about Māori health, including an overview, videos, apps and health information: