Starfish Services


Strength Assessment


Supervised Access


Wellbeing Workshops


Drug and Alcohol Counselling


Starfish is very often the first point of contact for community referrals from the Police, Schools, Budget Advisers, city based social services, family churches and Citizen Advice Bureau. We provide wrap around services such as counselling, mentoring and social work to support whanau through Oranga Tamariki.


A main goal in social work is to build positive relationships with people and families to create opportunities for social change and development, bringing societies together, and empowering and liberating people. It uses many principles, such as social justice and human rights, and works off these to engage people to address life challenges in the best way for that person or group. Overall it aims towards helping and supporting people and families in order to reduce risk and deprivation, and enhance wellbeing.


Starfish is the local provider for Matamata and Morrinsville for Youth Services. We provide a mobile service that aims to provide wellbeing support for young people in education, training or work-based learning for an independent future. Young people receiving payments from Work and Income for Youth Payment, Young Parent Payment or are a young partner receiving a main Work and Income Benefit will be referred to a Youth Services provider.

Freephone 0800 50 50 11


Family counselling is a major section of Starfish’s wrap around services. One-on-one, family/whanau and family therapy, counselling services in local schools. Support can be obtained one on one or in a group session. Bridging the generation gap in a family unit is an area that has grown in numbers over the recent years.


Starfish recognises the benefits of young people having mentors in their lives, which includes reduced offending, reduced bullying and other anti-social behaviours and  increased community participation . Our mentors support young people with a strengths based, goal focused approach. At present starfish support young people in the youth justice system and also youth identified as vulnerable across Matamata-Piako. As starfish grows its mentoring service with a well trained, skilled and diverse pool of mentors we hope to better serve the community through this service.


Building Capability to Employment Service provides intensive support to eligible beneficiaries (18-64) with the aim of further equipping them to be prepared to enter the workforce. This includes tailored support with CVs, understanding the job market, coaching around interviews and attainment of certifications which will increase chances of employment. The team supports the transition into mahi and works alongside the client and the employer to ensure that the employment is maintainable.

Contact Us

07 888 8795

For all clinical matters please email

All other enquiries, please contact us at 

15 Gordon Terrace, Matamata
P O Box 71, Matamata

Monday to Friday 

8:30am- 4:30pm