A Kaupapa Māori organisation delivering mental health and AOD services in Canterbury.
Services are delivered using a kaupapa Māori framework encompassing Tinana (physical well-being), Wairua (spiritual well-being), Hinengaro (mental well-being), Whānau (family well-being).
There is a formal referral process which must be completed before accessing any services. For further information about He Waka Tapu, check out the website https://www.hewakatapu.org.nz/ or call us on 0800 HE WAKA (43 9252) and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daryl Gregory (Tainui) is founder of He Waka Tapu and Chairman of the Board. Daryl is also a current Board member of CASA (Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa) and holds deputy chair positions with national provider collective Jigsaw, and Nga Hau e Wha Marae – the national marae located in Christchurch.
“I was originally working for organization called ‘Kia Pakari,’ which was a Maori Men’s Stopping Violence Programme. For some reasons that closed and then I was approached by a woman called Philippa Joggings from Corrections and she asked if I’d be willing to take on a contract specifically targeted at working with Māori men and domestic violence.
After a year, we decided that to do this properly we needed a structure and organisation. We set up a trust and I thought about the name and philosophy behind that trust, and we came up with He Waka Tapu. Here we are 20 years later.
It’s come a long way and that’s down to a lot of good people and I realize that’s what it’s about. You have to have good people. People that have a heart that believe that people can change and want to change. I think if you do not have that sort of passion or belief then you are probably in the wrong job because you are working with a very hard clientele. Giving people hope. Helping them to plant the right seed that they can see a future for themselves is really what it’s about.
That is what He Waka Tapu is about, sailing towards your destination and the vision that you want to create.”
Postal Address: PO Box 15037, Christchurch
"That is what He Waka Tapu is about, sailing towards your destination and the vision that you want to create."