Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (ICAMHS) Te Whare o te Rito

We are an infant, child and young person focused service that assists to create a positive change in various emotional, psychological and psychiatric health imbalances that impact well-being.

The symbol of Te Whare o Te Rito is the harakeke or flax plant which symbolises our philosophy in working with infants, children, young people and their families.

The rito or the young shoot is representative of our child or young person while the older larger leaves that protect the rito represent the support systems within the family and community. Like the rito, our children and young people need our support to be able to grow strong and straight so that they can be a support for the next generation themselves in the future.


Referrals are processed through He Waharoa, Mental Health and Addictions service.

Referrals (requests for support) can be made in the following ways:

  • Self-referral or by a whanau member
  • Through your GP
  • By schools or tertiary education providers
  • Through agencies or services within our community
  • By hospital services


  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologists
  • Koroua and Kuia
  • Administrators
  • Clinical specialists who are social workers and nurses who specialise in working with this age group

At Te Whare o Te Rito we use a variety of approaches depending on the infant’s, child’s or young person’s emotional, psychological and psychiatric health needs such as:

  • Various types of counselling
  • Various types of therapies
  • Medication treatment
  • Indigenous approaches such as Mahi-a-Atua.

This service covers the Tairāwhiti district up to the Anaura Bay turnoff just north of Tolaga Bay. Ngati Porou Hauora covers the area from the Anaura Bay turn off up to the northern Tairāwhiti boundary.

How to get in touch:

Te Whare o Te Rito
Hauora Tairāwhiti
Private Bag 7001

Phone: 06 869 0541
Between 8.30am & 5pm
Fax: 06 8690575
After hours Psychiatric Assessment Team (PATT) 06 869 0512 or 0800 243 500
Address: Gisborne Hospital
421 Ormond Road

Outside Support Services:

• Emergency Services 111
• Need to talk? Free call or Text 1737 anytime
• Lifeline – 0800 543 354
• Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865
• Healthline – 0800 611 116
• Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
• Sexuality or gender identity helpline-OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463
• Youthline – 0800 376 633
• What's Up – 0800 942 8787
• Family Services 211 Helpline – 0800 211 211
• Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797
• Anxiety phone line – 0800 269 4389


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