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Please note that Manu Ka Rere is not a crisis service. If you have concerns about the safety of the young person, please phone CAF Emergency 0800 218 219.

What is Manu Ka Rere?

Manu Ka Rere is a health funded mental health and addictions service for young people in Canterbury, New Zealand.

The service was previously known as Community Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) and became Manu Ka Rere in 2021. Read more about us and our story here. 

Who is the service for?

Manu Ka Rere is for young people aged 13-24 years who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health and/or addiction issues.

How do I access the service or refer someone?

Simply complete our online Referral Form and one of our staff will be in touch with you.

Anyone can complete the form – a young person can refer themselves, or it can be done by their whānau such as a parent/caregiver, or a professional such as GP. Please note that signed parental consent is required for those under 16.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of our Referral Form here

and email it to


GP’s can refer via ERMS.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a cost involved?

No, it’s FREE!

What can I expect?

A non-judgmental approach that focuses on your needs.

Is it confidential?

Absolutely! Details of confidentiality are always explained and agreed on with clients. We adhere to the Health and Disability Commissioners Code of Rights.

Do you recommend any other services in Canterbury?




Do you recommend any online resources?

Here are a few links to websites that you might find useful:

Do you recommend any over the phone services?

Crisis Resolution 0800920092 24/7

Helpline 1737 Text or Call 24/7

Youthline 0800376633 24/7

Te Waharoa is a kaupapa Māori access and choice health service based in Christchurch that works with all whānau to achieve wellbeing. Visit Te Waharoa’s website to learn more and get in contact with us.

Te Māhuri is a kaupapa māori adventure therapy programme in Ōtautahi for rangatahi ages 13-24. Visit their website to learn more and sign up.

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