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Real Taranaki

Real Taranaki provides mental health and wellness support to young people through:


Whetū Marewa 

Whetū Marewa is a service that aims to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing in taiohi (young people), aged 12 to 24-years-old, who are living with mild to moderate mental health and addiction-related issues and social stressors. 

The mobile service has an outreach approach, providing support from registered health professionals and youth workers in schools and community clinics, and offering access to a range of supported interventions when needed. 

Whetū Marewa, which means ‘rising stars’ in te reo, is a reference to the taiohi the service supports and the potential they have to lead healthy and happy lives. 

You can contact the Whetū Marewa team at:


Youth respite

Real Taranaki operates a short stay respite service in New Plymouth for taiohi experiencing difficult times in their lives. It is available on an as-needed basis for 16-20 year olds.

In a welcoming environment, our team supports young people to get back on track – by supporting them to develop social connections, grow confidence and resilience, and strengthen their connections with whānau – so they can live their dreams and thrive in their communities.

Check out a few images from our respite whare:

How to get Real

Any taiohi who lives in Taranaki may be able to access Real services through the Taranaki DHB child and adolescent mental health service.

Please contact our Real team if you have any questions, are concerned about a young whānau member or friend, or have someone close to you staying with us who you’d like to contact.

For after hours help call the mental health crisis team directly on 06 753 6139.

Contact our team

Phone – 06 757 3830
Email – 
Address – 220 Devon Street West, New Plymouth
Postal address – PO Box 51, Taranaki Mail Centre, New Plymouth 4340