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We often find it difficult to discuss sexual health issues. The reality is that New Zealand - and specifically in our community - we have unacceptably high rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Teenage parenthood can lead to lifelong health and social inequalities, both for the young parents and for their children. Sexually transmitted infections can lead to long term health problems, including infertility.

Anamata is a charitable trust employing 15 staff with a voluntary coordinating committee of 7. Our staff consists of 7 clinic nurses, 1 doctor, 1 health promoter/educator, 1 youth practitioner, 2 mental health practitioners and 2 in the administration team. Our service is confidential and our staff are friendly, skilled and knowledgeable.

We hope that this website will support and encourage you to discuss sexual health issues more openly. We all have a responsibility to ensure that our young people have ready access to the information and care they need, so that they can make healthy choices and cope successfully with their transition into adulthood. For all young New Zealanders, these are significant concerns.

The Anamata Clinic nurses and doctor provide:
  • Contraception / Family Planning services – free if you are under 25 (may be a cost for some procedures)
  • Mental Health support
  • Free Emergency Contraceptive Pill (Morning After Pill)
  • Sexual health checks – free for all ages
  • Pregnancy Tests – free for under 25
  • Youth Health Clinics
  • School Clinics
  • Cervical Smears
  • HPV Vaccinations
  • MMR Vaccinations
  • Information and education on a wide range of health issues
  • Support and information for pregnant teens
  • School students are welcome at Anamata outside of school hours
The Anamata Youth Development Team provide:
  • Counselling for under 25 year olds
  • Support around accessing entitlements or other services
  • GLOW (growing leadership opportunities and wellness) youth group, in collaboration with Youthtown
  • Anamata Diversity Group, a safe space for rainbow young people that meets every week
  • Diversity groups at high schools in the Taupo and Turangi
  • Queer Hangout for rainbow young people aged 18-25, meeting every second week
  • Health Promotion
  • Anxiety support group
  • Workshops throughout the year for young people and parents/caregivers
  • Events for Pride Week, Youth Week and Mental Health Awareness Week
We believe that:

People have the right to live free of discrimination, regardless of their age, gender, sexual preference, marital status, ethnicity, religion or ability.

People have the right to express their sexuality but only without hurt, or violation of the rights of others. So that people are able to make informed choices about sexuality and take responsible actions for their own sexual health, they have the right to:

  • Honest and accurate information about sexuality
  • An awareness and understanding of sexual feelings
  • Communicate with ease about their sexuality
  • Access to health care services
  • The opportunity to clarify their values and understand those of others
  • Life long learning about sexuality as a natural part of living
  • Confidentiality in all aspects
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Anamata Is... Inclusive, Respectful, Unique, Understanding, Whanau, Empowering, Aroha, Young People, Health