Migrant and Refugee Services

A list of cultural or language appropriate health and social services that may be useful for CALD migrant and refugee clients/patients from Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African backgrounds.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to source and ensure that the information provided on this section is correct at the date of posting on the website. Waitemata DHB and the site editors do not accept any responsibility for information which is incorrect or out of date.

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Refugee Health Website

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) hosts the New Zealand Refugee Health Website. The website offers information on refugee health issues in New Zealand and internationally and includes profiles of refugee health related projects around New Zealand.


Refugees as Survivors: Afghani Senior Men’s Group

Refugees as Survivors (RAS) provide group activities and information to Afghani senior men to promote health and wellbeing to reduce social isolation.


Refugees as Survivors: Clinical Team

The Mangere Clinical Team is contracted by the Ministry of Health to assess the mental health and wellbeing of all refugees entering New Zealand. Where appropriate, short-term interventions are undertaken by psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors or body therapists. In cases where problems are likely to persist beyond the initial resettlement stage, referrals are made to specialist community mental health services or to the RASNZ Mobile Community Team.


Refugees as Survivors: Mobile Clinical Team

The RASNZ Refugee Mobile Team is contracted to provide mental health support to people from refugee backgrounds resettled in the greater Auckland region. In addition to quota refugees, both the RASNZ Clinical and Mobile teams provide specialised assessment and support for asylum seekers during the period when their applications for refugee status are being processed by Immigration NZ. 


Regional Refugee Community Health Worker Team - Starship Community

Starship Community Service manages the Regional Refugee Community Health Worker Team who provide assistance to families from refugee backgrounds in the Auckland region to improve the mental, social and physical well-being of people from refugee backgrounds (including asylum seekers) and their families through the co-ordination of health and related services that impact on their health and well-being.

Safari Multicultural Playgroup Project [NGO] Auckland Region]

The Safari Multicultural Playgroups support mothers with children under five years old, from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Alongside the playgroups the project offers mothers English classes, information and parenting workshops and connection with other service providers including health services. Mothers are encouraged to participate in play with their children while also pursuing their own personal development.



Sahaayta provides holistic, confidential, culturally appropriate counselling and support services for South Asian individuals, couples, families, youth, children and seniors.


Shakti New Zealand

Shakti Community Council is a non-profit organisation serving migrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Shakti; meaning strength; works to have a world where women and children are empowered to live a life of dignity free from fear and violence and are able to exercise their rights, choices and responsibilities.


Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust

interpreting support, navigation support, elder abuse and neglect prevention service, physical and social activities (such as cultural, creative, educational, outings, festival celebrations).


SHINE - Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday

Shine is a leading specialist domestic violence organisation. Shine provides a range of effective, practical services to stop domestic violence, support victims and reform those using violence, including services for CALD women and children.


Sport Auckland Green Prescription

Green Prescription is a referral based health and wellness programme for adults 18 years and over who would like support and motivation to get active and improve their lifestyle, a free interpreter will be arranged for eligible clients who have limited or no English speaking ability for the initial consultation.


Starship Community - Child Development Service

The Starship Community Child Development Service for Asian, refugee and migrant groups provides community health worker positions within the service.