Hone Heke Taniwha

Te Puna Ora Wellness

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 the problems that modern society throws up. I have helped numerous people and families to return to good health.


Counselling/Therapy Services

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 bird calling.
Weave together. Weave above, Weave below, Weave within,
Weave without, Weave together the people.

I have been working for several years to assist and encourage people from a wide range of 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 effectively address and resolve your issues and concerns.


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Member Drug Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
  • Student Member Waka Oranga New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP)
  • Student Member New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP)
  • Student Member of the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa (PBANZ)
  • Student Member International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA)
  • Registered WINZ Provider



  • Bachelor of Addiction Studies


Background and Experience

I have worked in the Wellington Region for several years. I am currently training at the Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute (WTATI) to become a Certified Transactional Analysis (CTA) Psychotherapist.

I worked for several years at the Salvation Army Bridge Wellington, Porirua District Court and Ora Toa Mauriora. I have also collaborated with Oranga Tamariki Child and Family Service in the Wellington Region.

I work in private practice across the Wellington region and have been very encouraged by the heartfelt positive feedback from many clients and referrers over many years.

Nga mihi

Hone Heke Taniwha