All workshops are FREE. You don’t need to come every week. Just turn up at the right time and join in.

So everyone feels comfortable and safe we do ask that you try your best to stay on topic and be supportive towards other people at the workshops.

Wednesday Soup Day 12pm (in Summer it Salad day)

Bring a vege or harvest from our amazing garden. Learn how to prepare your food and create a yummy kai! With soup in hand, join us in the Care Café for a movie and great company.

Te Hikoi O Nga Tane

We are supposed to be strong Men, successful, capable, dependable and happy; sometimes we aren’t. We’re supposed to deny pain, worry, areas of weakness and fear; so sometimes we isolate and pretend.

Te Hikoi O Nga Tane (THE MEN’S WALK) is a Men’s only group that creates an environment and opportunity to share, pick up new skills and learn from the experience of other Men. Group participants can expect to gain some education, fellowship and peer support. This is a 15 week programme and is made up of the following areas that impact on a Man’s Life:

The Map of a Man’s Life 14 Steps Towards Manhood, Men and Mates, Men and Work, Men and Fathering, Men and Sex Men and Anger, Men and Emotion, Men and Anger Men and Health Men and Addiction, Men and Mythical Characters, Men and Power, Men and Change Men and Celebration.

Contact for further information and starting dates.



Te Reo Rangatira – Explore the language and Customs

From beginner to pretty good. Our Te Reo classes teach beginners through to intermediate level where Tikanga and Kawa are also covered. This is a fun and supportive environment in which to explore the language and customs of our country.

When: Rahina ia – Monday 9.30am

Tech Club

Need help with today’s technology? Learn how to use a tablet or smart phone to do things like: Facebook, MYMSD, watch TV on demand, send emails. One to one session’s are available after class to set up your logins etc.

When: Monday 11am

Te Ropu Korowai Nga Tangata - "The group that embraces/cloaks the people"

The Ropu was set up to ensure our Māori members and staff were happy and content with the service Te Whare Whā Rau Ma Tahi offers for Māori. Working in partnership with Te Whare Whaa Rau Ma Tahi, together we make decisions regarding tikanga practiced at the service and being included on all changes or future initiatives involving Maori. 

When: Every 2nd Monday 11am. Call reception for details.



School Of Emotions

School of Emotions is a series of sixteen 1 &1/2-hour workshops which are held weekly. This is an educational NOT a therapy programme and is based on the idea of Emotional Intelligence.

Job Squad

Having problems finding, preparing for work? There are many challenges and barriers that can sometimes hinder us when we are looking to rejoin the work force. This group looks at the many aspects associated with how to prepare and hopefully be successful in finding work. 

When: Tuesday 1pm




Join in the fun, shoot some hoops, gutterball (yes, you heard right), volleyball or head over to the great park across the road to catch some light exercise.

When: Wednesday 10.30am

Mad Jam - Musical theory, Jam and More

Mad jam is a chance to get together with other aspiring musos to write and practice original songs.

Time: Wednesday 11:00 – 1:00 pm & Fridays 1:00 – 3:00pm

Nga Toi a Maori – Maori Art

Methodologies and philosophies of Māori art you always wanted to know or share.

When: Rāapa ia – Wednesday 1:00 pm



A Whole New Mood - Anxiety and Depression Group

Discuss and explore your struggles with Anxiety and Depression in an informal support group setting. Learn new tools, share what’s worked for you and find support with others that understand your struggles.

When: Thursday 11:30am

State of Mind – Hearing Voices Support Group

State of Mind is a group for people who have/experience sounds, voices, visions, images, beliefs/thoughts or sensory sensations that others around you may not hear, see, feel or believe.

The group is held every Thursday where in a safe like-minded environment we aim to grow awareness & understanding of the voice hearing experience, explore strategies to manage voices, consider the different phases and perspectives of voice hearing and look at finding the meaning in the experience.

Time: Thursdays 1:30pm – 2:30pm




Learn and practice waiata. Both staff and members use this 30 mins to embrace, share and have fun.

You don’t need to be a popstar, just bring that great energy and lets all be popstars in our own right

When: Ramere ia – Friday 9:30am

Art O’Clock

Let your creative side shine! Learn and share new modes of artistic expression, enter art competitions, exhibitions. Spend time with like-minded creatives.

When: Friday 10.30am

Games Club

Join in the fun, try your luck with our chess gurus, cards, whatever it takes to relax and have a giggle.

When: Fridays 12.30pm onwards

Other Events

Garden Wisdom – Herb and Veges

If you want to get in touch with your inner Gardener pop on down to the centre. You will learn about composting, planting, harvesting, growing and properties of plants. A practical experience you will be able to transfer what you learn into your home garden. We are constantly grooming and tending to the garden, so anytime is a good time.

Time: book in with Vanessa or Kevin contact or give us a call 😊

Community Equip & Generator – Help to Plan our 401 EVENTS.

Community equip workshops are where event and project planning happen. Each week one or more upcoming events or projects are developed. Workshops are attended by people who are interested either in the planning, research, development, and promotion etc of an event. This workshop is also where the event day working group is established. Share community notices, brainstorm ideas for the centre to consider doing, celebrate milestones and achievements both individual and group projects. Get involved in fundraising projects and strategies.

Time: Held fortnightly Tuesdays 11:00 am

Stop Rop & Wrap - Life & Recovery Planning.

Use this time to grab some planning templates, pens, paper and the computer to get started on your LIFE Recovery Outcome Plan, Wellness Recovery Action Plan or any other plan you can find. A facilitator is there and available to help you if you want.

Held Monthly – Tuesdays 12pm

Asylum Radio

Centre 401 has a small basic recording studio. Book in a session to record your music or record a podcast or story. Contact for further information.

Wordsmithery – sorry, will be back shortly….

Whether you just want to know how to write a letter to the editor or get your life story published; write an article for planet 401 or some other publication; write poetry, enter writing competitions or get help with essays and presentations. This workshop we totally focused on providing you with the tools, skills and opportunities to do all this and more. Two hours a week – all about you – in your own words.

Time: TBC

Mindfulness & Meditation Sessions

Contact to arrange a day and time to join our guru ‘Lilianna’ for a session of relaxation techniques and peaceful practice.