The Kowhai Centre service is not available to Otago Polytechnic students. Students can access counselling services through the Student Health Centre on +64 3 479 6082.



Please note: We can see university students at the Kowhai Centre but not Otago Polytechnic students. If you are an OP student, please contact Student Health on 479 6082.


Can we contact you via text?
Can we leave a message on your phone?
Can we email you on this address?


Next of Kin

Please give us contact information for someone we could contact in the event of an urgent situation (eg. if you became unwell while at the Kowhai Centre and we need to contact someone to come and pick you up).

Are you on any Medication?


Have you had Counselling before?
Have you been to the Kowhai Centre before?
Please indicate ALL of the slots that you would be able to attend

Counsellor Preference

Please indicate if you have a particular preference for the counsellor you will be allocated.

Reason for Referral

Please briefly explain what your hopes are in coming to counselling (eg. you’d like support with low mood).  Please let us know if you are currently experiencing any suicidal thoughts.


If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and you need urgent support, please contact one of the following numbers:


Text or phone 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor


Phone Emergency Psychiatric Services on 0800 467 846