Hone Heke Taniwha

Taniwha Counselling Services

Tena koe

I am a qualified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Practitioner, and I have lived experience dealing with the problems associated with addictions and recovery. I have worked in many contexts and have a deep understanding of modern society’s problems. I have helped numerous people and families to return to good health.


Whakarongo ki te tangi a te manu e karanga nei
“Tui, tui, tuia!”
Tuia i runga, tuia i raro, tuia i roto
Tuia i waho, tuia i te here tangata.

Listen to the cry of the birds calling.
Weave together. Weave above, Weave below, Weave within,
Weave without, Weave together the people.


Counselling/Therapy Services

I have been working for several years to assist and encourage people from various communities to make the changes they want in their lives – to overcome struggles and thrive. It has been a real privilege to witness people from varied cultures, backgrounds, and communities become more of who they want to become.

All people have issues and struggles at some stage in their lives, and talking with someone is one way to find a pathway to heal from the pain and find liberating and life-giving paths into the future. My role is to work with people to help find that pathway – a pathway that is unique to each person and their whanau. We can achieve that by incorporating the Te Ara Whanau Ora (TAWO) programme as a foundation for wellness.

Te Ara Whanau Ora is an engagement process for working alongside Maori and non-Maori whanau or families to identify and actualize their moemoea (dreams and aspirations). When translated, Te Ara Whanau Ora means “the pathway to family well-being’. We will engage in a whanau-led, strength-based centred that fits my strong commitment to work respectfully, collaboratively, and effectively.

This approach considers that we all have skills, beliefs, values, and responsibilities that will assist us in reducing the influence of problems in our lives—Purakau or stories of our lives and the respectful telling and retelling of these stories. In this approach, we assist you in weaving new threads of meaning to address and resolve your issues and concerns effectively.


Background and Experience

I have previously worked in the Wellington Region and for several years at the Salvation Army Bridge Programme Wellington, Porirua District Court and Ora Toa Mauriora. I have also collaborated with Oranga Tamariki Child and Family Service in Wellington. I now work in private practice in the Northland region and have been very encouraged by the heartfelt positive feedback from many clients and referrers.

Nga mihi, Hone Heke Taniwha


Q Registrations and Professional Memberships

- Member Drug Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
- Registered WINZ Provider
- Approved Drug & Alcohol Assessment Centre (Assessments for the purpose of section 65 of the Land Transport Act 1998)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Addiction Studies