Update from Tāmaki Makaurau

Hokia ki ngā maunga kia purea ai koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea

Mauri ora ki a tātou

Te Kete Pounamu ki Tāmaki Makaurau held a Zui on the 3rd of June for whānau to come together in a safe place and share wellness tools they used to maintain their wellbeing during the rāhui period.

Aaryn (Te Kete Pounamu National Rep) shared the meaning and purpose of the kupu, whakapuaki;

Whaka- to action

Pu- the source

Aki- to support, encourage

Puaki- to reveal

Whānau actively engaged in conversation surrounding four key questions, all in relation to the rāhui period. What’s been going on for you? Have you faced any challenges? How did you overcome them? And Did you have any support?

A common theme come through with whānau sharing what they found challenging during this time.  They shared the challenges of not being able to meet kanohi ki te kanohi. Not being able to be in physical presence of others, or to connect in the traditional Māori way of greeting with hongi, kihi and hug or the feeling of that wairua connection.

Whānau shared different wellness tools of coping mechanisms to counter some of the challenges experienced. Some of the whakaaro shared included:

“Getting out of the house and going for walks in cold and wet weather”

“Trying my best to be productive”

“Tried to be productive”

“Comforted by my cat with many names”

“Used audio clips of rain and the ocean”

“Knowing there was a light at the end of the tunnel”

“Supported a rangatahi through a rough time”

Whānau also spoke of the different organisations that supported with ensuring they had kai.

The Zui ended with waiata and karakia, ensuring that everyone had something that left them feeling empowered!

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu


Henare Waru

Regional Lead

Ana Sokratov Scholarship

Te Rau Ora is delighted to offer two Ana Sokratov scholarships in 2020 for Māori with lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction into study of their choice.

This scholarship is in honour of Ana Sokratov, she was part of the inaugural Trust Board of Te Rau Matatini (now Te Rau Ora), and renown for her leadership and advocacy for Māori with lived experience.


To provide an opportunity to Māori with lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction to study a field of their choice including but not limited to health or in academic, cultural or creative pathways.


Degree would cover someone for the whole of the study period.

Expectation of recipient:

Reciprocity was important to Ana. The bursar is expected to share their knowledge to inspire or mentor others with lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction.

Criteria/Application process:

An application process will include the reason they have chosen their field of study, and they will demonstrate the ability to be self-directed in their learning.


Te Rau Ora is pleased to offer two Ana Sokratov scholarships in 2020 for Māori with lived experience who wish to pursue and achieve success in a program of study and training.

Please email Codey Bell: codey.bell@terauora.com for an application form

Or call if any queries 021 592 250

Applications close Friday 10th July 2020

E whakanuitia ana te rangatiratanga o ngā tangata whaiora (Celebrating Māori Lived Experience Leadership)

Ana Sokratov was one of our pioneers in Māori lived experience leadership.   She was part of the inaugural trust board for Te Rau Matatini and a committee member for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Throughout her career, Ana was involved in key projects, and sector developments which ensured Māori with lived experience had a voice.  Her passion was fuelled by the desire to improve services for rangatahi Māori, where she strongly advocated for an increased Māori workforce and Kaupapa Māori services.

I first met Ana in 2000 during a brief placement at Mind and Body while studying the L4 National Certificate in Mental Health, where she was my mentor. In my first week, she took me into the Connolly unit (now Te Whetū Tawera). Ana was confident and strong, and I can remember often transitioning between feeling nervous and in awe of her.  She was one of those people whose presence you felt the minute she walked in the room.

When I came began work in the sector in 2009, our paths crossed a number of times, and I gained further appreciation and insight into her incredible leadership and strength.   

Kerri Butler

We have been blessed to have had leaders like Ana pave the way for Māori with lived experience.

To celebrate and acknowledge our Māori lived experience leaders, we will be profiling one each month.  If there is a leader you would like to nominate, please email us at teketepounamu@terauora.com for further details.

Ana Sokratov

Mihi from Health and Disability Commission

Feedback to Health and Disability Commission

He mihi nui to all the whānau who provided feedback, and to the Health and Disability Commission for the monitoring report so we can ensure Māori have a voice in this important kaupapa.

Te Kete Pounamu whānau were invited to provide feedback to the Health and Disability Commission for their Monitoring Report (see link below).

The rāhui resulted in the postponement of a number of regional hui across the motu, with Ōtepoti and Murihiku being the only regions who were able to host their regional hui prior to Aotearoa going to level 4.

We moved the feedback to an online survey.  You can access the findings in the publications section of our webpage https://terauora.com/our-work/lived-experience/.  Many thanks to Dr Maria Baker (CEO, Te Rau Ora) for collating these.


Monitoring report:


From the Health and Disability Commission

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa,

As the Mental Health Commissioner, it’s my role to monitor, independently, how well mental health and addiction services are working for people. I can’t do that job without hearing the views and experiences of tangata whaiora.

On behalf of myself and my team, Jane Carpenter and Catherine McCullough, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone from the Te Kete Pounamu whānau who took the time and effort to share their experiences and perspectives with us. My team and I have read through all the comments we got, and they have helped to shape our thinking in preparing our monitoring report, which will be released in late June.  I have also included a number of the themes and issues you raised directly in the report and some quotes which capture important messages. I hope you’ll see that when we share the monitoring report with you in late June.

I also want to thank Te Kete Pounamu for partnering with us to facilitate this important kōrero and for pulling together the themes from the hui.

Ngā manaakitanga, Kevin, Jane and Catherine

We wanted to share a photo of the three of us, but due to the lockdown haven’t seen each other in a while.

Update from Whakatū

Kia ora koutou

Ahakoa iti, he pounamu!

This whakataukī literally translates as “although small, it is a greenstone”.

Here in Whakatū, this whakataukī describes us as individuals and as a collective.  At this point in time:

1) We are small in members;

2) We haven’t quite established a committed steering rōpū, and

3) The wider Whakatū community have heard little about Te Kete Pounamu thus far.  However, our collective thoughts and intentions individually and collectively through Te Kete Pounamu is where the value or the treasure is!!

We are looking forward to our first kanohi ki te kanohi hui to be held 30 June 2020, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Victory Community Centre.  Nau mai, haere mai!

Ngā manaakitanga o te runga rawa – blessings to you all!


Sheryl Takiari

Regional Lead

Update from Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Te Whanganui-a-Tara contribution to the June e-pānui comes from steering group kaimahi Natalie;

“Our rohe is looking into doing sensory kits, growing our regional Te Kete Pounamu rōpū of whānau Māori with lived experience. Writing our funding application to Like Mind Like Mine was a very positive experience indeed. My personal favourite kupu is ” Process” living life and looking at processing and moving through this journey as a tangata whaiora. I become more aware of our own journeys to be safe and ok”.

Natalie Kihi

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Steering rōpū member

Update from Te Tai Tokerau

Tēnā koutou katoa,

With rāhui restrictions being completely lifted, the desire to connect is in the air. Members within our steering rōpū are feeling mixed emotions as we navigate our way back out into our communities and adjust to what ‘our new normal’ looks like for ourselves as individuals and our rōpū as a collective.

The time spent during the recent rāhui, really took our people back to basics and proved to us all, that connection, compassion and communication really can support our Māori people through tough times.

Our steering rōpū has recently been in communication around looking to grow our Te Tai Tokerau steering rōpū. As a collective, we are on the lookout to anyone who identifies themselves as Māori with lived experience of Mental Health &/or Addiction and would like to be an active part of our kaupapa.

We invite anyone who would like further information or to express their interest, to contact Cody Black directly on 021 538 654 or Cody.Black@terauora.com

Regional Lead Update

Tēnā koutou katoa whānau,

With the announcement of Aotearoa shifting into Level 1, our regional leads, as well as their steering rōpū members, are looking forward to the next phase of what lies ahead. The last few months have supported our rōpū to strengthen internal relationships and processes while finding flexible and innovative ways of reaching whānau within our communities.

Throughout it all, this has been a huge adjustment for all. Consistent whakaaro that meeting through a screen doesn’t have the same wairua feel and is quite a foreign concept for Māori. There has been a vocalisation that people are ready to be in the presence of others, kanohi ki te kanohi.

We look forward to holding regional hui throughout the upcoming months!

Our hui will continue to be guided by vital Health and Safety Guidelines and will have a strong focus surrounding whakawhanaungatanga, manaakitanga and kotahitanga.

Cody Black

Kairuruku – Te Kete Pounamu

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