Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social service provider.

We were established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts and remain a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We currently hold certification from the DAA Group against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services, and we hold Level Two Status as a provider for the Ministry of Social Development.

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PO Box 23244, Hunters Corner 2155, Auckland

Mental Health Peer Support

Vaka Tautua provides mental health peer support services which are individualised to each person. The Vaka Tautua programme incorporates both a recovery and strengths based approach to service provision which is underpinned by the Popao and Fonofale Pacific models of health.

Support services include:

​• Information, advocacy and support
• Facilitating access to life / work skills programmes
• Connecting to community resources and services

Aims of service:

​• Engage
• Model hope for recovery and take a strength based approach
• Encourage self-awareness about what works for the person
• Develop understanding and support by becoming part of the community 
• Assist service users to live well in the presence or absence of mental illness
• Support them to make independent and informed decisions about their own wellbeing
• Enhance recovery for both peers and a sense of value at having been both helped and helper

Team:  Peer Support Team

​The Vaka Tautua Peer Support team aims to enhance the recovery of service users in the community by pairing them up with Peer Support staff who have experienced mental illness and recovery. A Peer Support Worker is a person who has lived through and experienced mental illness, and they will also have experienced recovery, allowing them to act as a 'recovery coach' to others. By demonstrating recovery in a way that no professional without experience of mental illness can, the service user is given hope and confidence that he can and will recover from his mental illness. The Peer Support team:

• Share our lived experiences - we’ve been there
• Act as cheerleaders in the recovery journey - we encourage you to be director of your life
• Celebrate your Pacific identity and speak your language
• Support you as an equal
• Are good listeners - it’s “what do you think?”

Criteria for referral:

​• Aged 16 or over
• Living in the Waitemata District Health Board area
• A current (or recent) user of clinical services from the WDHB mental health services

Access this service:

Service users can access the Peer Support service via the Mental Health Clinical Team (Isa Lei, West 1 and West 2, Inpatient units, GP). Referrals can also be made by the service user (self referral) or by a family member/s.

Regions available:

​Waitemata DHB