Tai Poutini Polytechnic has a support network of people who are ready to listen, understand and help. There are many things that can impact your wellbeing and affect your study such as academic stress, mental health, physical health, alcohol and drugs. If something is affecting you, or one of your peers, please seek help. You can begin by talking to student support staff. Our staff are experienced at providing advice and guidance on a range of issues. If they can’t help you directly, they can put you in touch with someone who can.

If you would like to speak to someone on site at Tai Poutini Polytechnic, please contact Student Support.  Student Support Advisors are available for drop in/booked appointments. You can book an appointment via our online booking system here.

Medical visits

Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers a discount for our students at Medical Centres West Coast wide and in Wānaka to ensure medical visits are accessible.  Please show your student ID card when you visit your medical centre to access the discount.  For cheaper prescriptions apply with Work and Income for a Community Services Card.

Wanaka: Aspiring Medical Centre, 23 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka, Telephone 03 443 0725

You can access 24 hour, free, health advice on 0800 611 116 – Healthline.  Your call will be answered by a registered nurse who you can talk with in confidence about any health issues you may be worried about.  The nurse will ask you some questions, then offer you advice on what to do next.

West Coast Primary Health Organisation (PHO)

If you are enrolled at a West Coast Medical Centre and you are under 25 you will have access to FREE contraception through your medical centre and pharmacy.  If you are over 25, you can talk with your GP practice.

Sexual Health Services


Te Nikau Hospital and Health Centre

2.30pm - 6.00pm on Monday Drop-in clinic (no appointment needed - Please arrive by 5:30pm)  Phone: 03 769 7400 ext 2874


Buller Hospital

Cobden Street, Westport 
Mondays: 10.30am - 11.30am appointment only and 11.30am - 4.30pm drop-in clinic.
Phone: 03 7889030 ext 8756 or 027 244 8073


Wānaka Medical Centre

Sexual Health and Family Planning Clinic
23 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wānaka
3.00pm - 5.00pm Mondays
Phone: 03 443 0710


Sexual Health Centre

314 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
A free and confidential sexual health service, for more information or to make an appointment call 03 364 0485


Auckland Sexual Health Services

Clinics are located in Greenlane West, Glenfield, Mangere and Henderson. 
To make an appointment or for more information call 0800 739 432 or visit www.ashs.org.nz