Here Toitū

Here Toitū is an empowering service that helps you recognise your potential to achieve your goals and aspirations by helping you find and maintain meaningful work, study or volunteer experience, improving your wellbeing and whānaungatanga.

The Here Toitū dedicated support team will help you to:

  • Identify your strengths and how to use them
  • Find employment
  • Assist you with volunteering or study goals
  • Access health and fitness providers to improve your wellbeing
  • Connect with local support providers

This service is completely free and is available for people living in the Christchurch region who are having health issues, are on a Ministry of Social Development benefit and have a medical certificate or will be on a medical certificate, and are motivated to return to work.

A Kaimanaaki (Health Navigator) is able to assist you for up to 12 months so you can feel supported to make and sustain the goals that you are working towards.

Supporting you to achieve your goals

A Kaimanaaki will walk alongside you on your journey and help you set your goals and aspirations. These can be anything that is important to you and your whānau whether that’s for your health, wellbeing, learning or work.

They will then help link you with services and organisations that will help you achieve your goals as well as connecting you with members of the Here Toitū kaimahi (team) to help you with things such as budgeting and finances.

To be able to join Here Toitū you must be:

  • 18 – 64 years old
  • Have or be obtaining a medical certificate
  • Currently receiving a Ministry of Social Development benefit
  • Have a GP

Responding Early

This is a new addition to Here Toitū and can support you if you are aged between 16-64, if you are in employment, and you are at risk of losing your job due to a health condition or disability, to help manage your health and wellbeing, so you can retain your employment.

Your will be working with a Kaimanaaki as well as a Work Retention Specialist.

You are eligible for Responding Early if you:

  • Are aged 16 to 64 years old
  • Are working full or part-time (includes self-employed)
  • Are living with a health condition or disability
  • Your health condition is impacting your ability to work and/or you are at risk of losing your job
  • Are enrolled in a participating general practice in the region
  • Give your consent to participate in Here Toitū

Meet the Here Toitū kaimahi

To learn more about our team members, click on their profiles below.


Connect with the Here Toitū service

There are a number of ways you can connect with Here Toitū. We would love to hear from you!

Talk to your health provider (GP, Practice Nurse, Māori Health Provider) and ask them to refer you to Here Toitū. Alternatively, you or anyone who is supporting you (e.g. counsellor, Partnership Community Worker, etc.) with your consent, can get in touch with us directly using the form below and a member of our team will get in contact with you.

Free phone: 0508 437 386


Here Toitū is delievered in partnership between Pegasus Health and the Ministry of Social Development.