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About Us

Who are we?
Who do we support?
Our History

Who are we?

Our team provides culturally appropriate, multilingual, faith-based support for individuals and families in the Muslim community of Ōtautahi (Christchurch). We offer a range of services to all ages and continue to evolve to meet the needs of our community. 

We provide a confidential and non-judgmental service focused on the individual needs of each person seeking support. Our team empowers individuals and families in their daily lives, helps advocate for their needs, and are able to connect them with other services where needed. 

Who do we support?

We provide support to the Muslim community in the Canterbury area, in their home and/or out in the community. We understand that each situation is unique, so we tailor our support to suit you. 

As a faith-based service, we recognise that people are in different places on their spiritual journey. We want to emphasise that there are no religious or spiritual expectations to be able to receive support from us or participate in any of our events or activities.


Our History 

Purapura Whetu Trust

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi is provided by Purapura Whetu Trust.

Established in 2002, Purapura Whetu Trust is a kaupapa Māori health, wellbeing, and social service provider in Waitaha, Aotearoa (Canterbury, New Zealand). Purapura Whetu supports whānau to get well, stay well, live well, and reach for the stars and beyond. 

Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi was initially formed as part of the response to the terrorist attacks on Christchurch mosques that took place on March 15th 2019. The attacks took the lives of 51 individuals and left many with significant physical and mental injuries.


Kāhui Tū Kaha, Ngati Whatua


Recognising the need for culturally and spiritually appropriate support for the diverse Muslim community, a team of Muslim Wellbeing practitioners from Auckland travelled to Christchurch on a regular basis for the first few months following the attacks. This established Muslim Wellbeing Service was part of Kāhui Tū Kaha, a Ngati Whatua (confederation of four Māori tribes) organisation that provides not-for-profit housing and mental health support in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).  


Muslim Wellbeing Ōtautahi

In 2019, Purapura Whetu Trust was approached and agreed to set up a Muslim Wellbeing team to support those affected by the terror attacks. Social and community support workers were handpicked from, and by, the local Muslim community.


Initially, the scope of the service was to provide support for those directly impacted by the attacks, but then widened to support the entire Muslim Community in Ōtautahi. This was in recognition of the widespread impact of the attacks, and to ensure that those who may not be directly impacted by the events of March 15th were not missing out on receiving support.  

To find out more, visit Services and Events, or view information by Life Stage - A'ilat (Family), Aruur (Children), Shabab (Youth), Hazarat (Men), Wanita (Women), and Matua (Elders).

Our Values

Our Values

We are a service that respects where you are at; has an open-minded perspective about what you are going through; connects in a compassionate manner that is based on trust, and establishes faith in oneself and Allah.

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Our Aims

Our Aims

To support an individual’s healing journey in a holistic manner.

To enhance confidence and independence while building resilience.

To create deep-rooted connections with faith, community, and culture.



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15.03.22 - Mosque attack survivor Temel Atacocugu finishes 350km Walk for Peace 

15.03.22 - Remembering March 15, three years on 

05.10.21 - Meeting complex mental health needs within Muslim community

13.03.21 - 'They are us': Christchurch shooting victims remembered two years on 


08.07.20 - Toy bears gifted to refugee children on arrival to Christchurch - their new home 

10.03.20 - 15 March 2020 – the anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque shootings 


29.02.20 - Husna's story: Terror attack survivor Farid Ahmed pens tribute book to slain wife 

08.10.19 - Māori support for Muslim community continues 

08.10.19 - Auckland terror victim support workers hand over to Christchurch team 

19.03.19 - They are us: A memorial to the lost

In their words: remembering the Christchurch mosque attacks

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