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About HRC Te Otu Mātua

Located in Christchurch, HRC Te Otu Mātua is a time-limited intervention for rangatahi with complex behaviours who experience neurodiverse challenges such as ASD, intellectual impairments, specific learning disabilities, ADHD, and trauma, as well as a range of similar presentations that may not have been diagnosed.

To experience success in education these young people need to feel safe, make connections, and learn ways to manage their emotions.


We focus on supporting students to develop the skills they will need when they leave HRC and transition back into mainstream schooling or vocational training.  

The student, whānau, and referrer become valued members of a team
working together to give each child opportunities to thrive personally
and academically in a dynamic supportive community.

Our students, many of whom may have experienced trauma, are supported to develop their emotional, social and regulation skills. 


These skills are essential to being ready to learn, so the students can feel safe and learn new skills and behaviours that will help them
be the best they can be when they leave HRC.

Our highly trained kaiako receive regular professional development to provide a therapeutic milieu that best supports neurodiverse students.

Some examples of recent kaiako professional development sessions have been:

  • The Purposeful Use of Daily life Events (DLE), Leon Fulcher

  • 3 Pillars of Trauma-Informed Care, Dr Howard Bath

  • Integrating best trauma-informed practice into our daily practice, Mel Bleach 

  • COAHS International Behaviour Technician training

  • Epilepsy training

  • Regular First Aid training


Regular clinical supervision is undertaken to assist kaiako to reflect and continue to improve their practice and outcomes for students.

We believe that every interaction

with every student by every staff member has the potential to make a difference for that student, and we are intentional in creating a therapeutic environment.

“Whakarangatirahia/Be the best you can be”.

The highly skilled and passionate kaiako are led by our Senior Leadership Team


Principal - HRC


Associate Principal Day School


Associate Principal Day School


Associate Principal Residential


House Manager/Kaiwhakahaere


House Manager


House Manager

For more information on enrolment at HRC, please contact our Student Coordinator
Anna McCoy on 03) 339 7802

Welcome to HRC - 2018

Welcome to HRC - 2018

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