Ngā mihi nui ki ngā tangata katoa.
In July Te Kete Pounamu ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara steering rōpū held its 2nd regional hui for 2020, this time around it was held in Ngāmotu. This was also our first hui held post-rāhui meeting again kanohi ki te kanohi. Our rōpū always seek to ask our whānau in each of the regions we hold hui in; What are the current challenges and what are the aspirations for their particular area in relation to engaging with, accessing or being involved with Mental Health and/or Addiction services. We also decided to check in with whānau and ask what their “new normal” looked like post-rāhui and what impact this time has had on them.
Unfortunately, we did not have a big turnout in numbers at our Ngāmotu hui, which in itself potentially indicates just how whānau were still feeling post COVID-lockdown. However, we were grateful for the whānau who were able to join us. We were able to have an informative kōrero with them and are excited to announce that we welcomed two new whānau to our regions steering rōpū.
We will continue to do our best in our region to provide a safe space where whānau have the opportunity to have their voices heard and collaboratively work together to affect change for the better.
Kia mau ki te tūmanako, te whakapono me te aroha.
Regional Lead ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara