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Our Groups

We would love for you to join us at group, but so we can support you let your Manu Ka Rere clinician know or contact one of the group organisers. All groups are health funded and no cost to Manu Ka Rere clients.


Yoga and wellbeing group is built on the foundations of providing a safe space for rangatahi to learn and grow, with tautoko and awhi given to help with mental health challenges such as anxiety or low-mood. By using positive mental health tools in a practical way aims to help rangatahi be able to use in everyday life. The programme is 8 weeks long throughout each term of the year. Runs on Tuesdays 4pm at 6 Elgin street.

Contact Jess on 021 326 234 ( to register.

Music Group

Music group is for those interested in developing musicians. The group is tailored to those who are at a beginning, intermediate and advanced level, it focuses on utilising music to help with mental health and to improve one’s music ability. People can bring their own instruments and gear, otherwise, instruments are provided. Give Dion or Shane a call if you want to find out more. The group runs for 10 weeks at Turanga Library central Christchurch, level 4 on a Monday evening.

Contact Shane on 021 539 465 ( or Dion on 021 429 726 (


Rainbow Humans

Rainbow Humans is an open group that runs 3.30-5pm on Thursdays during each term at Waipuna 349 Woodham Road. Each week we connect through craft and kai. It is a safe space to be yourself without discrimination or fear and connect with others in the age range of 14-24 years.

Contact Angela 021 627 414 ( for more information

Open Studio: Art Group

A space to create and explore freely. A relaxed creative space to work on your own projects or to explore new material and themes. Spend time with other creative people or work independently. Tuesday evening Odyssey House, 98 Greers Rd.

Give Megan a call on 021 166 1477 (

Rock Climbing

Learn to rock climb with new mates at the YMCA! Build new skills, support your mental/physical health, and have fun! Ages 13-24 of all abilities/experiences welcome, with equipment provided. Climbing sessions are at the YMCA Mondays 5-7 pm, with Manu Ka Rere staff and a YMCA climbing instructor. Group starts back up July 17th. Any current, past or waitlisted MKR clients can attend free of charge, and is welcome to bring a friend or sibling for the first few sessions if that makes them more comfortable! Young people are welcome to come give a session a go, without having to commit to coming regularly if they’re unsure. New members welcome at any time.

Contact Megan on 021 166 1477 ( for more info and to register!

Parent Group

Parent group is available to all parents who have, are about to have a young person or had a young person at MKR. Runs for 6 weeks each term at Odyssey Greers Rd. Each group is tailored to the parents with focus on building supports, education, relationship with teens and mental health/wellbeing. It is fully government funded and tea, coffee, and biscuits provided.

Give Mark a call 021 479 736 (


Tramping group usually goes tramping in the school holidays and is arranged for beginners. We stay overnight in huts that we book. We provide the gear; if you need it, like boots, packs and sleeping bags. We plan the food based on your requirements and plan it to be a relaxed and fun night way; around a camp fire, toasting marshmallows and playing cards or other games. The combination of being in nature, walking, and making new friends usually leaves people feeling great and can give a boost of confidence. You are welcome to bring a friend.

Contact Nikki on 021 524 270 (

Foundations of Mindfulness

is an eight-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) programme for navigating difficult intrusive thoughts & emotional distress. MBCT is an evidence-based treatment which has been found to be effective for depression and anxiety, as well as a wide range of other emotional problems. The program provides the foundations of mindfulness, how we get stuck in depression and other difficult emotions. Each week involves introducing new content and daily practices. These practices are invaluable in cultivating moment to moment awareness and noticing and interacting differently with our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. The program is interactive and provides space for reflections, mediation exercises and education with other participants and knowledgeable facilitators. You will be provided all the material and your therapy facilitators will help create a safe therapeutic space for you to begin your journey in noticing & regulating your emotions. You will come away with effective tools and strategies for navigating persistent unwanted mood states. Length: 8 Weeks – On Thursday Afternoons. Thursday @ 2:30PM – 4:00PM,

Contact Gary on 943 9298 ( to discuss.

Tuning in to Teens Rangiora

Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust is presenting this FREE 6 session programme for parents & caregivers of teenagers on Thursday evenings 6.30pm-8.30pm. Parents will work with their own and their teenager's emotions, and discover ways that help them to remain close and keep communicating. The programme will run across terms 3 and 4 and participants must attend all 6 sessions.

To register or find out more email 

[Community Wellbeing’s parenting programmes are proudly supported by Mainpower.]

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