Personal Support and Counselling

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Personal Support and Counselling

Whatever you're going through, there are support agencies in Marlborough that can help.


Young people can access counselling.
This isn't a crisis service, but they offer counselling or social work support for young people and their families. You can self-refer.
(03) 578 6491
Located at the 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.
0800 457 146
Go to the Birthright website

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

CAB provides a free impartial and confidential service of information and support.
25 Alfred Street
03) 578 4272
Email Citizen's Advice Bureau Marlborough
Go to the Citizens Advice Bureau website
Hours: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

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
(03) 577 9919 or 0800 266 529
Email Community Law Marlborough
Go to the Community Law Marlborough website
9.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday - 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.

John's Kitchen

  • Cheapest food in town, koha appreciated.
  • Free bread 8:00am.
  • 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.

Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust

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

Contact details for Maataa Waka are:
(03) 5779256
56 Main Street,
Go to the Maataa Waka website

Newcomers Network

C/O Marlborough Migrant Centre
21 Henry Street (corner of Henry and George Streets)
(03) 579 6410
022 657 9018
Email Marlborough Migrant Centre
Go to the NZ Newcomers website
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm

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.
(03) 578 0807
Email Open Home Foundation Marlborough
Go to the Open Home Foundation website

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.
21 McLauchlan Street
(03) 520 8448

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:

What's Up

What's up is a free counselling service for young people. They are there for support, or someone to talk to.
The online chat option is also available.
0800 942 8787
1:00pm - 11:00pm
Go to the What's Up? website

Rape Crisis

0800 88 33 00

Women's Refuge and Sexual Assault Resource Centre

Offering refuge for women and support services for those affected by sexual violence.

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
(03) 577 9939
Email Women's Refuge


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
0800 376 633 / 0800 YOUTHLINE
Free text to: 234
Email Youthline
Go to the Youthline website