Health & Wellness Centre

We provide a range of free health and social services to our students. Students can self-refer to any of our services, just walk in and ask our friendly receptionist.

Health and Wellness Centre Team

Our team consists of:

  • 3 Nurses – Daily
  • 1 Doctor – Tuesday and Thursday
  • 2 Social workers – Daily
  • 1 Psychologist – 1 day a week
  • 2 Receptionists – Job share
  • 1 Physiotherapist – Monday and Wednesday
  • 2 Counsellors and 1 trainee Counsellor – Daily

We work in conjunction with services outside of school, to provide a holistic health approach to our students. These services include:

  • XXM dental services
  • Asthma bus
  • District / public nurses who do bipenicillin for students with rheumatic fever.
  • Stand up-drug and alcohol programme
  • ADHB Immunisation nurses


He aha te mea nui o tea ao? / What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. / It is people, it is people, it is people.

Our Otahuhu College Counsellor, Claudia Pezza, is an overseas trained Psychologist with experience both in South America and in New Zealand.

Claudia has strong experience working with clients and their whanau, helping them build and rebuild their self-esteem and empowering them while increasing their self-confidence. She works with a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary team to provide students with the best support so that their needs are met. Through the counselling process students are supported in finding ways to deal and cope with a variety of issues that they might be experiencing at school, in the community or at home.

Students might seek counselling for a variety of reasons:

Low self esteem Trauma
Bullying Depression
Anxiety Stress Management
Lack of motivation, including to study Anger Management
Abuse Aggressive Behaviour
Grief and loss Alcohol and drug issues
Gender diversity and identity issues Neurodiversity
Self-harm/suicide ideation

All sessions are confidential. The right measures will be taken to ensure student’s wellbeing when safety risks are involved and a safety plan will be discussed with the student and/or their family where appropriate.

  • Referrals are welcome from students (self-referral), parents and from staff.
  • Counselling sessions can be individual or in group.
  • Claudia can assist with mediation and Restorative Justice.

Parents can contact Claudia on 09 9634025 or via email on

Free Support Phone Lines

Youthline – support for young people facing crisis – also phone 0800 37 66 33 or Free TXT 234 or email

Whatsup – a counselling phone line for 5 – 18 yrs, available 1pm to 11pm, seven days a week, 7 days a week, with trained counsellors taking the calls.

Kidsline – info and telephone counselling for children age 9 to 13 years old – this is a video clip that is useful for young people an interactive on line programme for kids to access help

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