Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 


Browse our current projects and programmes to find information, resources and tools that will enhance your practice or address your workforce needs.

Supporting the Pasifika workforce and communities through Covid-19

Mo le lagolagoina o le 'Aufaigaluega Pasefika fa'apea ma fa'alapotopotoga eseese i lenei taimi o le fa'ama'i o le Koviti-19 || Ngaahi tokoni kehekehe ma‘ae kakai moe kau ngaue Pasifiki ki hono tau’i e Koviti

This is who we are

As of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo.

Let’s get real

Let's get real is a framework that supports people working in the health sector to effectively support people with addiction and mental health needs accessing their services.

More than numbers workforce data

More than numbers is a project to gather data on New Zealand's adult mental health and addiction service workforce.

Co-existing problems

Organisations can access resources to improve the way they respond to people experiencing co-existing problems.

Consumer, peer support and lived experience

Te Pou is a source of information, resources and research to help the sector develop and grow the peer workforce in a sustainable and measured way.


Welcome to our Covid-19 portal. We're working hard to do all we can to adapt our workshops and resources to a world affected by Covid-19.

Early intervention in psychosis

Te Pou is working to provide information and resources to support workforce development in this specialist area.


International evidence shows that for people experiencing mental health issues, having a paid job is a key part of getting and staying well.

Equally Well: Physical health

Te Pou is a leading partner in Equally Well, a group of organisations committed to achieving physical health equity for people who experience mental health and addiction issues.


The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and the International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) are international learning collaboratives for mental health, addiction and disability leaders.

Integrated primary mental health and addiction

People working in primary care play an important part in supporting people with mental health and/or addiction issues.

Interprofessional practice and education in mental health and addiction services

Interprofessional practice is a type of collaborative practice between different health professions, such as psychologists, nurses, allied health roles, addiction practitioners, and peer support workers.

Mental health and addiction inquiry

Setting a clear direction that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the whole community can pick up and make happen.

Mental Health First Aid Aotearoa New Zealand

Te Pou is the host of Mental Health First Aid Aotearoa New Zealand.

NGO workforce development

A road map for non-government mental health and addiction organisations.

Real Skills: Online self-assessment tool

Real Skills is a free online self-assessment tool for organisations and the workforce to assess knowledge and skills and plan targeted workforce development.

Reducing seclusion and restraint

Evidence based tools are available to support in-patient services to reduce seclusion and restraint, developed by Te Pou with support from the Ministry of Health.

Skills Matter

People working in mental health and addiction can access Skills Matter funding to take part in postgraduate training.

Strengthening the evidence base

Improving the evidence base for the mental health and addiction sector by using expert researchers, expert clinicians and service user experience.


Te Pou has produced a range of resources to support the development of sustainable, effective supervision processes.

Talking therapies

Te Pou provides tools and guidance to support organisations to deliver effective talking therapy programmes.

Te Pou and Werry Workforce Whāraurau Clinical Sector Reference Group

This group ensures sound clinical advice underpins the Te Pou work programme.

Te Reo Hāpai – The Language of Enrichment

Updating and creating Māori language used in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors.

Workforce planning and development

Information and resources to support organisations to integrate workforce planning and development with service development.

Working with families and whānau

Information and resources that support mental health and addiction services to work with service users within the context of their whānau.

Working with older people

A 3-year project to identify and undertake workforce development to grow the workforce for older people who have problems with mental health or substances.