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  About Us

Our Vision: Sahaayta’s vision is to enhance the status, health and wellbeing of South Asians through holistic and culturally appropriate services.


Our Values:

» Respect for human dignity

» Partnership

» Autonomy

» Responsible caring

» Personal integrity

» Social justice

» Empathy


Our People:

Sucharita Varma - Director

Sucharita comes from Hyderabad in Southern India and has migrated to New Zealand in 2001. She has a deep appreciation of the challenges faced by families when they move to a new environment. Sucharita is passionate about working with familes of migrant and refugee background. She is particularly interested in family counselling where she uses a holistic approach in her work with her clients. She has volunteered with Refugee Resettlement Services for two years. She has also worked as a school counsellor from 2012 to 2013. Sucharita has worked in the family violence sector for the past five years. She has a Diploma in Counselling.

Languages: Hindi, Telugu and English

Availability: Mon - Fri - 9.30 am to 5.00 pm


Zoya Salim Kara - Counsellor

Zoya comes from Mumbai, India. She moved to New Zealand in 2009. As a recent migrant, she has experienced a lot of challenges new immigrants face when they move to a new country. Zoya values how the counselling process empowers people and how it allows for a persons own resiliency to emerge and be built upon. Zoya has been working with domestic violence for the past five years. Zoya has a Diploma in Counselling and is a Provisional Member of NZAC.

Languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Urdu and English

Availability: Mon - Fri - 9.30 am to 5.00 pm 



Shehana Hassan - Counsellor (BAppSocSci (Counselling))
Provisional Member of NZAC


Mob: 022 600 9829
Tel: (09) 280 4064






Omar Ali - Counsellor (Dip. Professional Counselling)
Provisional Member of NZAC


Mob: 021 0240 3480
Tel: (09) 280 4064




Carols Gimmy - Social Worker/AoD Practitioner (MSW, Graduate Dip. Addictions, Alcohol and Drug Studies)

 SWRB 8696

Mob: 022 163 6962
Tel: (09) 280 4064



Sahaayta Canterbury


Nimi Bedi - Manager/Programme Coordinator


Mob: 021 862 334





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