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Regional Rehabilitation and Extended Care Inpatient Service

About our service

The Regional Rehabilitation and Extended Care Inpatient Service (RRS) is a 24-hour service located at Rātonga-Rua-o-Porirua campus.

It includes 2 units, each with a different rehabilitation focus:

  • Tāwhirimātea is a specialised inpatient unit that focuses on recovery and extended rehabilitation for up to 29 people who need a higher level of support within a closed environment.
  • Tāne Mahuta specialises in intensive rehabilitation in an open 14-bed inpatient setting and eight self-contained cottages adjacent to the main building. The cottages range from single to 5-bed accommodation; they provide an environment focused on supporting individual independence and give people the opportunity to experience a flatting situation.

What you can expect if you or a family member use our service

Each person admitted to an inpatient unit has a key worker (usually a nurse) and an associate key worker assigned to them. The key worker is responsible for coordinating the person’s care with the care team. They are usually also assessed by the medical staff on the day of admission, and later, as the need is identified, by other members of the multidisciplinary team. Staff members wear identification badges and you can ask them about their roles.

Usually at least 2 meetings are held with the family of people admitted to the inpatient unit; the first within the first fortnight for a progress report and the final meeting to clarify discharge planning.

Visiting hours

Visiting hours are between 10am and 8pm every day, outside of programme and meal times and by arrangement with staff.

Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) has a non-smoking policy anywhere on its grounds including the inpatient units. Visitors are asked to refrain from smoking while on the premises. You can read more about this here.

Visits by family or friends are encouraged as maintaining social contacts plays a positive role in a person’s recovery. Certain areas of the units may have greater restrictions than others; if necessary please discuss this with staff.


We receive referrals from forensic inpatient units in the central region of New Zealand and from the following DHBs’ mental health services: Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Midcentral, Nelson Malborough and Tairawhiti.

How to contact us


Phone: 04 918 2515

Tāne Mahuta

Phone: 04 918 2425

Last updated 5 October 2020.