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General Health

There are a range of organisations that are available to assist with difficulties you may be having. More specific information is available under the categories listed to the left.


Young people can access counselling. 
No crisis service, but they offer counselling or social work support for young people and their families.
You can self-refer. There is often a waiting list.
Phone: 03 578 6491
MC Health Hub, 22 Queen Street, Blenheim


Birthright gives support to one-parent families and their children. They offer home-based support and parent education, family social events, life skills, advocacy, newsletters, and subsidised holiday camps. This organisation works to ensure children of one-parent families have the same rights and privileges as all children. There are also subsidised extracurricular activities e.g., sports etc. They offer free counselling. 

See Birthright's contact details 

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

CAB provides a free impartial and confidential service of information and support.
25 Alfred Street
Phone: 03 578 4272
Email: cab.marlborough@xtra.co.nz   
Hours: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.


2 Redwood Street, Blenheim
Phone: 03 578 5395

Drop in Centre

  • Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 1.30 pm.
  • Wednesday open till 5.30 pm when an evening meal is provided.
  • Free board games 10.00 am Thursday.
  • Free exercise classes 10.00 am Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Johns Kitchen

  • Cheapest food in town, koha appreciated.
  • Free bread 8.00 am.
  • 8.30 am Koha café - free soup and a roll. Breakfast, lunch and snacks for a donation.
  • Wednesday 5.30 pm two course dinner for a donation.
  • Food bank referrals available.

Gambling Problem Helpline

Phone: 0800 654 655 
Gambling Helpline  
Hours: 24/7, 365 days.

Youth Gambling Helpline

Phone: 0800 654 659

Hours: Monday 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Pacifica Gambling Helpline

Phone: 0800 654 657

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
  • Thursday 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
  • Friday 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm

Maori Gambling Helpline

Phone: 0800 654 656

  • Monday 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm
  • Wednesday 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm
  • Saturday 8.00 am - 12.00 noon


Phone: 0800 611 116 for advice from trained registered nurses.


Phone: 0800 54 37 43 /0800 KIDSLINE (for children up to 14 years of age)
Open from  4.00 pm to 6.00 pm on weekdays.

Lifeline (Marlborough)

Phone: 03 578 7503
Try the National lifeline: 0800 543 354 for counselling and support.

Lifeline (Chinese or Cantonese)

Phone: 0800 888 880 for people who speak Mandarin or Cantonese.

Marlborough Girls’ College Chaplain

You can make an appointment through the guidance counselor. Lynda Moses is at the College Monday and Tuesday afternoons and all day Wednesday. She works at guidance, so you can leave a message there.

Community Law Marlborough

Phone: 03 577 9919 or 0800 266 529
This organisation gives legal information and advice, legal education and legal assistance for individuals and community groups.
14 Market Street, Blenheim
Email: reception@commlawmarlb.org.nz  
Hours: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust

Phone: 03 5779256
56 Main Street, Blenheim

They accept referrals from any source including self referral. 
All services are delivered under a Kaupapa Maori model of practice.

The youth services that the offer are:

Youth Social Service

Support to youth between the ages of 12 – 16 on a one to one basis or group setting. The service provides a planned approach to address immediate issues, goal setting for the future, positive activities and role modelling.

Youth Programmes – Hapai Pukuriri

This is a group programme held for two hours over an eight week period exploring anger, including recognising triggers and strategies to manage own anger.

E Tipu e Rea

This is a five day programme held every school holidays for youth between the ages of 12 – 16. The programme is marae based and focuses on learning marae tikanga, whakapapa, as well as fun activities such as waka ama, fishing, trips to the Pelorus River, finishing with a poroporoaki where youth participate in preparing and cooking a hangi to celebrate with their whanau.

Fresh Start programmes

Support to youth and their whanau who have entered the youth justice system.

Tiramarama Mai

This is an alternative education programme based on Tikanga values and cultural practices for youth between the ages of 13–17. The aim of the programme is to identify individual talents and goals, develop a plan inclusive of the whanau to support the youth to reintegrate back into main stream school, or a pathway to achieve the necessary qualifications to commence a course or move into employment.

Newcomers Network

C/O Marlborough Migrant Centre
21 Henry Street (corner of Henry and George Streets) 
Phone: 03 579 6410 / 022 657 9018 
Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Open Home Foundation Marlborough

Social Work Services for children and families at risk in our community, including social work support, respite care, foster care and mentoring for families and youth. There is also youth mentoring for at-risk young people.
Phone: 03 578 0807
Email: ohfmarl@ohf.org.nz  

Peer Support Programme

When students request help from peer supporters in the local colleges, they can be given; a listening ear, a clear view of choices they have, accurate health information or be advised/accompanied to seek help from appropriate referral agencies/school staff.

Contact people:

  • Helen McLean – Public Health Service, Phone: 03 520 9887
  • Julie Saul – Marlborough Girls’ College, Phone: 03 578 4031 Ext 872
  • Eric Newham – Marlborough Boys’ College, Phone: 03 589 0119 Ext 2010
  • Julie Bousquet – Queen Charlotte College, Phone: 03 573 6558 Ext 826

Public Health Nurses (PHN) in Colleges/Intermediate

Marlborough Girls' College

Contact via the Guidance Receptionist
Phone: 03 520 8448.

Queen Charlotte College

Contact via College office
Phone: 03 573 6558 or PHN Rebekah Phone: 03 928 4168

Marlborough Boys' College

Contact through College office
Phone: 03 578 0119.

Rai Valley Area School

Contact through the school office
Phone: 03 5716016 or try the Public Health Nurse Rebekah, phone: 03 928 4168
A clinic held on alternate Tuesdays in the lunch break - no appointments are required.


Contact through the school office
Phone: 03 5716016 or Public Health Nurse on 03 928 4168, or Mary Strang 03 928 4172
A clinic is held every Friday lunch time.

Rape Crisis

Phone: 03 520 9999


Phone: 04 473 9739

Te Piki Oranga (TPO)

Phone: 03 5785750
Their drop in centre is at 4 Nelson Street, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

TPO has a focus on Maori TPO provides the following services:

  • Alcohol and other drugs counsellor
  • Mental Health Counsellors
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinician, prevention, assessment and treatment
  • Social worker, assistance with WINZ, Justice, CYFS, budgeting, family violence etc.
  • Registered nurses, assessment and treatment of asthma, COPD, cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, cancer support.
  • Whanau Ora
  • Community support navigators - support people that social workers and registered Nnrses are working with.

What's Up

Phone: 0800 942 8787 (for 5 - 18 year olds) 1.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

Women's Refuge and Sexual Assault Resource Centre

Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Phone: 03 577 9939


This is a youth helpline with counselling and support services and information about all sorts of topics concerning to teenagers, plus has links to other website.
24 Hour Counselling
Phone: 0800 376 633 / 0800 YOUTHLINE
Free text 234
Email talk@youthline.co.nz