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Published Monday 7 Aug 2017

CAMHS (Te RAMA) was formally opened today by Sir Paul Collins, Chair WrDHB, cutting the ribbon to the new offices with the official mayoral scissors.

In a well attended ceremony, mental health and wider DHB staff from all three sub-regional district health boards were joined by members of the Wairarapa DHB (WrDHB) Board, Mayors, Rangitaane and Ngati Kahunghungu representatives, School Counsellors and the wider health services.

Wairarapa's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Te Ratonga Aranga Mokopuna Arangi (Te RAMA) is now based in a purpose-designed space on Level 2, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton.

General Manager 3DHB Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services, Nigel Fairley, paid tribute to the great work of the Wairarapa CAMHS service, leading the country with excellent wait times and access results.

CE, Adri Isbister noted the integrity and welcoming feel of the new office space, reflecting the core WrDHB values and the vision of better health for all.

Sir Paul Collins, WrDHB Board Chair, was impressed by the purpose built fit out of the Te RAMA space and was proud to see WrDHB presenting what is clearly a 'people first' approach to services. Sir Paul voiced a goal, to help WrDHB become "the best little District Health Board in the country."

CAMHS team leader, Raewyn Woodhouse, was understandably proud of her service and her staff, inviting each of them to introduce themselves and their role in the organisation as part of the formalities so expertly glued together under the musical ministrations of Hoani Paku.

The offices are decorated beautifully throughout with artworks of various mediums and visual displays donated from local artists - the brainchild and hard work of Jennah Rameka, Youth Crisis Respite and Community Support Worker.