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What is Pōwhiri?

Pōwhiri is a refugee settlement support service in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa (Christchurch, New Zealand) and means ‘to welcome’.

Pōwhiri was launched on July 1st 2022 and is provided by Purapura Whetu Trust - a health, wellbeing, and social service provider, who inspire people to get well, stay well, live well, and reach for the stars and beyond.

We look forward to meeting you.

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Nau mai, Haere mai, whakatau mai rā, e koutou nō ngā hau e whā, nō ngā tini whenua o te ao whānui, ki Kā Pākihi-Whakatekateka a Waitaha. Haere mai ki a mātou te whānau o Purapura Whetū. Piki mai, kake mai, Haere Mai!

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Who does pōwhiri support?

Pōwhiri supports refugees within the first 12-24 months of their arrival in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Referrals to Pōwhiri are made through Immigration New Zealand.

How does
​pōwhiri help?

When you arrive in Christchurch, we will match you with a Settlement Navigator to support your settlement in Christchurch for the first 12-24 months.

Your Settlement Navigator will help you:


  • Develop and achieve a settlement plan

  • Set goals, plan, and achieve goals

  • Access support and resources

  • Connect with appropriate services

    • Housing

    • Financial support

    • Health

    • Wellbeing

    • Education

    • Employment

    • Other

  • Transition to local services

  • Achieve self-sufficiency, independence, participation, and integration in the community

  • Exercise the same rights as other New Zealanders

  • Have a strong sense of belonging to your community and to Aotearoa New Zealand

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Related Services

Immigration New Zealand – Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers

CRS (Christchurch Resettlement Services)


Canterbury Refugee Resource & Resettlement Centre)

Red Cross Pathways to Employment

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi is a mental health and wellbeing support service for the Muslim Community in Christchurch. The service also offers various programmes and events for all ages, and is provided by Purapura Whetu Trust.

Volunteer with us

Interested in volunteering? We’d love to hear from you!


Find out more information and apply here.


Office Hours
8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday


+64 03 379 8001

0800 4 WHETU (0800 4 94388)




Purapura Whetu Trust
166 St Asaph Street

Christchurch 8011

Reception is located on Level 1.

See map below.

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We will respond to you as soon as possible.

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