Guidance Counselling

Kia ora and welcome to Motueka High School Counselling Service

Below is a form that you can fill out to get counselling services for yourself, a friend, or any student currently enrolled in Motueka High School. 

We work alongside multiple agencies and counsellors in the community to offer specialist and professional help.  No issue is too complex for us. 

Here at Te Whare Pora (the counselling rooms located beside the school on Whakarewa St), we are a friendly, caring, inclusive and non-judgemental resource for students to access.   We offer you counselling in a safe, confidential, and private environment.

Thank you for taking the first step in helping someone else or yourself.

If you require emergency assistance, please dial 111.  

If you require mental health services or need help for a student at risk, please ring the CAMHS Crisis Team - (03) 546 1800 and ask for the CAMHS on-call crisis worker or call 111.

Alternatively, you can call or text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor, or any of the following helplines:

 -Need to Talk 1737 (Text or Phone)
   - 24/7 Helpline <> |0800
   LIFELINE (0800 54 33 54) 0800543354 or free text HELP 4357
   - Suicide Crisis Helpline
   <> | 0508
   TAUTOKO (0508 82 88 65) <0508828865>
   - Kidsline <> | 0800 54 37
   54 <0800543754

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Luke Walton MNZACP, MCoun, BA

Head of Counselling and MHS Guidance Counsellor

Kia ora. My name is Luke Walton, and I am the Head of Counselling at Motueka High School.

My aim and philosophy of counselling is to work with students collaboratively.  It is important that a student feel validated, supported, and listened to in a non-judgemental and safe environment.  A counselling/client relationship is unique due to the confidentiality and privacy that counsellors adhere to. This helps students explore issues safely.

Students come to counselling for a variety of issues. It is important to me that I understand the student client fully and show empathy and care for this student.  I also believe in working with community agencies and institutions that will help clients develop themselves and achieve therapeutic goals.

Wendy Van Den Berg MCoun.

​​​​​​​Guidance Counsellor

Kia Ora, my name is Wendy and I am part of the student support network at Motueka High.

I have a Master’s in counselling and a long history in Outdoor Education. I love bringing concepts and experiences from the outdoors and nature into my work as a counsellor. I work in a pluralistic way, which means I adjust my approach to the needs of the student. Gaining insight and understanding, finding solutions, or just off-loading can all be part of the journey they are on. Everybody has a need to be real, to feel valued and connected, which I believe builds the basis of our mental health.  We provide a safe space for students to be heard, making them more likely to discover their own strengths, see how amazing they really are, and feel empowered to make positive choices.

Samantha MacLean

​​​​​​​Guidance Administrator and Receptionist at The House

Kia Ora, my name is Samantha, I am the front of house at Te Whare Pora, the guidance support centre at Motueka High School.

My aim is to let students know Te Whare Pora is a safe, non judgemental space from our first point of contact and help them to figure out what actions/directions need to be taken to best support them. I also coordinate meetings and rooms for staff, parents and agencies who visit Te Whare Pora.

It has been a pleasure to see students discover their own strengths, see how amazing they really are, and feel empowered to make positive choices. And, if these students happen to hit a bump in the road they return to us for guidance and support rather than heading off course.