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What we offer

Te Whare Rata ('the place of wisdom') currently provides six beds for older people who require short term support with their mental health. Our plans are to expand this service over the next few years through extending our buildings.

Referrals for Te Whare Rata are received from either the community or from Ward 12 North Shore Hospital. How long people stay at Te Whare Rata is based upon a person's support needs assessment. To date, people have stayed on average between three weeks and four months.

Five full-time and three part-time staff are employed at Te Whare Rata, (including registered professionals). Services are offered 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Like many Western countries, during the next 10 to 15 years, New Zealand faces unprecedented growth in the number of people over the age of 65. Given the lack of planning given to developing services for such dramatic change in population demographic, this reality is increasingly being referred to as a “crisis”.

Support services that assist older people who experience mental illness to remain living in the community are one example of services that will increasingly be required.

On 14 January 2010, Te Whare Rata was officially opened. A large number of guests attended the opening ceremony officiated by Hon. Paula Bennett, Minister of Social Development, on a glorious sunny morning.

For further information about this service, please contact the Housing & Recovery Co-Ordinator.