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The role of the Regional Forensic and Rehabilitation Inpatient Mental Health Service at Te Korowai Whāriki is to provide inpatient and outpatient care for both youth and adult clients.

The service’s inpatient buildings are mainly located on the grounds of what was once Porirua Hospital, and have been given the name of Rātonga-Rua-O-Porirua, translating to “The Two Services of Porirua”.

The site is unique in design and has purpose-built buildings. The Regional Forensic and Rehabilitation Services share the use of several buildings across the campus. The buildings on the campus include Papatuanuku (Administration/ Forensic community team offices), Tangaroa (Activity Centre), Ruamoko (Maori cultural centre), Vaka Pasifika (Pasifika cultural centre) and the Chapel, which is also used as a drop-in centre for clients.

Support for Māori clients

Our Forensic and Inpatient Rehabilitation Service supports Māori clients in strengthening their cultural identify to support their recovery and wellbeing.

Our Māori cultural facility, Ruaumoko, provides culturally appropriate assessment, management, treatment and rehabilitation in hospital, prison and in the community for clients who identify as Māori.

Our Kaumatua, Kuni Sherpherd and Whaea, Areta Koopu, lead the services for Māori. Kuni mentors many Māori and non-Māori clients who attend culture-based programmes at Ruaumoko and supports and advises senior staff on Māori protocol. Kuni has tribal affiliations to Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Porou, Whakatohea and Ngai-Te-Rangi.

Areta is a mental health nurse who has worked in many parts of mental health service.

She supports Kuni, advises senior staff and is a member of the kaumatua kaunihera group. Her tribal affiliation is to Ngāti Kahungungu.

Vaka Pasifika

Vaka Pasifika is the base for Te Korowai Whāriki specialist Health Pasifika team, and complements Ruaumoko. Having a special place where culturally based activities can occur is an important component of assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for Pacific clients, and the cultural perspective of the service.

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