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Collaborative and indigenous Mental Health Therapy:  Stories of Maori traditional healing in Psychiatry. 

This book examines a collaboration between traditional Māori healing and clinical psychiatry. Comprised of transcribed interviews, it demonstrates how bicultural partnership frameworks can augment mental health treatment.  In the first chapter, Māori healer Wiremu Niania outlines the key concepts that underpin his worldview and work. He then discusses the social, historical, and cultural context of his relationship with Allister Bush, a child and adolescent psychiatrist. The main body of the book comprises chapters that each recount the story of one young person and their family’s experience of Māori healing from three or more points of view: those of the psychiatrist, the Māori healer and the young person and other family members who participated in and experienced the healing. With a foreword by Sir Mason Durie, this book is essential reading for psychologists, social workers, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, and students interested in bicultural studies. 

You can purchase this book here



Wairuatanga Wananga
Our 1.5-day wānanga is crafted for diverse practitioners, clinical leaders, social workers, health professionals, researchers and trainees. Explore the pivotal inquiry of integrating wairua into mainstream health and social services. Delve into the relevance of applying ancient maori spiritual principles in addressing mental health issues and trauma within modern-day living. Join Tohunga Wiremu and Lesley Niania for an enriching learning experience.

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Understanding and Developing Matekite Wananga
Our three-day Matekite Wananga is meticulously designed for individuals who have identif
ied as gifted or spiritually sensitive.  This immersive experience is crafted to gently deepen you understanding of what it is to be matekite and provide practical tools on how to further develop your spiritual gifts.  Join us on this exploration led by Tohunga Wiremu and Lesley Niania.
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Mahi Wairua Practitioner Course

Expanding on what is covered in the Understanding and Developing Matekite course, our Mahi Wairua Practitioner Course is a comprehensive three-year programme featuring four modules (noho) annually.  Immerse yourself in three days of concentrated sessions for each module, complemented by monthly virtual tutorials.


Throughout this course, tauira will hone their spiritual gifts, delve into the profound knowledge of Te Whare Wananga and acquire practical healing methodologies. This course empowers individuals to enhance their well-being, contribute to the healing of their whanau and communities, take on a vital role as a valued member of a multidiscipinary team or open their own healing space as a Mahi Wairua Practitioner. Enrolments for 2024 close February 27th . 

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The pre-requisite for this course is to attend the Understanding and Developing Matekite wananga which is the first module of this course. 

One-on-One sessions with Papa Wiremu

If you would like to see Papa Wiremu for a one-on-one session, he can korero with you via zoom, phone call or face to face. Please ring Turuki Healthcare and their team can book a session for you or your whanau on 0800 887 854 please ask for the Aronui Service. This serice is koha based to Turuki.

Consultation with Papa Wiremu 

If you are a practitioner / professional / clinician and would like supervision or have a tangata whaiora / client that you would like to korero with Papa Wiremu about via zoom, phone call or face to face, please phone Turuki Healthcare on

0800 887 854 and ask for the Aronui service. This service is charged via Turuki. 

Wananga specifically for your team or service.

If you would like Papa Wiremu and Lesley Niania to faciliate training / wananga specifcally for your team, please email our administration team for availability and pricing at 


Te Taha Wairua 

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