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Addiction Recovery Programmes
Nga Waranga


MASH is a provider of addiction recovery programmes in Palmerston North and Hawkes Bay. We work with people who are experiencing challenges in their lives due to substance abuse.


We walk alongside you in your planned recovery journey in programmes that are about you.

PALMERSTON NORTH              MONARCH              TARARUA
PROGRAMMES                                                       YOUTH
HAWKES BAY                            CATERPILLAR         MONARCH        WEEKLY SUPPORT
PROGRAMMES                                                                               GROUP                                                                                  
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We are not a crisis service


If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs urgent help, please contact your local Mental Health Crisis Team through Healthline 0800 611 116


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please phone emergency services 111

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The Monarch has a life cycle that is reflective of the processes people go through in our programme. Starting as an egg whose only function is to grow into a caterpillar. The caterpillar only has one drive in life, which is to feed its hunger. It will devour plants to the point of destruction until it is ready for change. 

A transformation starts when the caterpillar develops into a pupa, safely encased in the chrysalis. The caterpillar breaks down to its essential parts and is reconstructed when it emerges as a beautiful butterfly. At this stage the butterfly is at it’s most vulnerable. It cannot fly until it has dried its wings, so is unable to escape any predators. It remains in need of support and protection. When it is ready, the butterfly goes forward for the longest part of its life in its new form. 

People in addiction also have lives focussed on feeding hunger, to the exclusion and detriment of everything else in their lives. At some point the need for transition to a different form becomes apparent and a commitment to change happens. People are extremely vulnerable during this transition period as every aspect of their life must be addressed to see if and how it fits with the new them. The challenges of new ways are not to be underestimated. Completion of the Monarch programme is just the beginning of the journey, but you will leave with a new perspective and tools to help you on your way. 




The Monarch Programme is an educational and life skills-based programme created by MASH that addresses addiction and social issues through focussed module topics. This programme is delivered in two ways, a residential supported home programme, or community-based day programmes over 8-9 weeks. Modules include:

u     Anxiety

u     Addiction

u     Relapse Prevention

u     Anger Management

u     Communication

u     Boundaries

u     Relationships

u     Mental Health

u     Life Skills



Residential participants have the opportunity to integrate skills in a supported living environment through 24/7 support and supervision. It is a full-time commitment but staying with us while completing the programme gives you the best chance of recovery. This programme is well suited for people who may be in unsafe environments, or who would do well in a clean environment with healthy support. 




This option is provided for people who have healthy support at home or are unable to leave their home. The programme is full-time Monday to Friday. Entry to our Community-Based Monarch programme will be decided if criteria is met and accepted at point of triage by the Addiction Recovery team.



Entry into the programme occurs regularly throughout the year.
To be accepted into the programme, first you will need to complete a referral either online or in-person.  

After a comprehensive assessment has been completed, it will be taken to the team and at that point decided if you are ready for the Monarch programme. 

We then invite you to attend a Tuesday group as part of the pathway into Monarch.

You will be expected to have two UDS (drug test) first for a base line and from that the second test should show reduction.

You do need to have a physical address within Manawatū for the Palmerston North programme or Hawkes Bay for the Hastings programme. 

Referral Forms
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