Introduction to Te Tai Tokerau Regional Lead

How grateful I am to have been assigned this role to lead Tai Tokerau as the regional lead in forwarding the kōrero for people who live with Mental Health challenges. My name is Tui Taurua and I whakapapa to Waitangi, hence the reason why I live on the Papakainga. My father’s name is Kingi Taurua (the first kaumatua of Te Kete Pounamu) and my mother; Mate Horomoana Ashby. My hapū is Ngāti Rehia, Ngāti Rahiri rāua ko Ngāti Kawa. My iwi Ngāpuhi nui tonu. I have been involved in the tangata whaiora movement for over twenty-five years.

An additional goal given by my father was to set up a safe service for Māori who live with the challenges of Mental Health. This regional role brings me full circle, and I am excited to be in a position to not only further the kōrero of the Taumata but to bring to pass my father’s legacy. More importantly, he added to his counsel, that I was to listen to the people, to identify what they want, and then work towards achieving it.

Inclusive of Te Kete Pounamu, I am on a the National Equally Well, Strategic Leadership Group, identifying overall health issues for Māori. Secondly, I am now on the PHARMAC Community Advisory Body (CAC) being a Māori Mental Health Advisor. Finally, I work in the community doing the Med Run in the evening.

Overall, my professional experiences along with my personal experience of living with a Mental Illness since my first hospitalisation (1977), working in Mental Health starting as a Community Support Worker (1995) continues to direct my path in ensuring the voice of people with lived experience is heard. I used to be invisible, and it’s not a nice place to be. I’m sure there are many with similar experiences. It’s time for you to be heard.

Tui Taurua
Regional Lead ki Te Tai Tokerau
0204 165 9668

Update from Te Whanganui-a-Tara Regional Rōpū

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.

Mauri Ora.

Nicola Clarke
Regional Lead ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara


Update from Ōtepoti Regional Rōpū

Te Kete Pounamu ki Ōtepoti steering rōpū members embarked on a day trip to The Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsula in Dunedin on the 10 July 2020. Our rōpū had a great time together, connecting outside of mahi and strengthening the relationships within our steering rōpū. Unfortunately, the only Toroa Ingoingo royal albatross, (Diomedea epomophora – a very large oceanic bird with long, narrow wings) we saw were too far away to get a decent photograph. We stopped at McDonalds for a bite beforehand and grabbed a cuppa coffee and biscuit afterwards also. Overall, it was a beautiful day.













The Rangatira in the photograph is Korako Karetai the landowner and Chief of all this area.


Ngā mihi
Haki S Davis
Regional Lead ki Ōtepoti

Introducing the recipient of the Ana Sokratov Scholarship 2020

Jamee’s scholarship application narrated her journey of lived experience of mental distress and fighting the stigma attached to being a young Māori mother living in South Auckland. She has overcome many challenges in a westernised system by imploring and embodying key Māori values and drawing on her connection and support from her tamariki and tūpuna. Jamee is in her third year of law school and once qualified plans to support Māori Rangatahi and young māmās in the South Auckland community.

Tēnā tātou katoa,

Ko Matawhaura tōku maunga
Ko Rotoiti-Kite-a-Īhenga tōku awa
Ko Te Arawa tōku waka
Ko Te Arawa tōku iwi
Ko Ngāti Rongomai me Ngāti Pikiao ngā hapū
Ko Tapuaikura-a-Hatupatu tōku marae
Nō Rotoiti ahau
Ko Arapeta tōku whanau
Ko Jamee Kataraina tōku ingoa

I am a mother and law student in my third year at Auckland University of Technology’s South campus. My journey through law school has been full of challenges, and I can honestly say that I have never grown so much in such a short space of time. Having to step outside of my comfort zone has allowed me to unlock potential that I never knew existed; from there, I have developed and grown every semester.

I moved to Auckland from the Bay of Plenty as a teen mum desperate to continue my education. I knew life had more to offer then what was presented in front of me. I attended Taonga Teen Parent Unit in Clendon, which is where I began my journey of learning, self-discovery and parenthood. This organisation and the people behind it play a huge part in the woman and mother that I am today.

One of my long-term goals is to help other young Māori grow their skills to be able to work confidently in westernised systems without feeling the need to change who they are or feeling like they are not good enough. When I become a qualified lawyer, I want to work with my South Auckland Community and provide opportunities and support for Māori Law students. I would particularly like to inspire and mentor young māmā by working closely with the South Auckland Teen Parent Unit, where I was once a student.

I have worked so hard against the odds to get this far. Fighting statistics and the stigma that comes with being a Māori teenage parent living in South Auckland. Though these experiences, I have naturally acquired the attributes needed to help me succeed this year and throughout the rest of my degree. I found that the first key to success is believing in myself, which has been an emotional journey on its own.

I believe that anyone who has been through the struggle has the resilience and skill set needed to overcome any boundary they might face; they just need to be shown how and have someone who believes in them to support them along the way.

Regional Lead Update

As feelings of the unknown and uncertainty sweep through Aotearoa for a second time around, our Te Kete Pounamu regional leads remain connected via text, telephone calls and virtually by meeting through Zoom. This month we have had the honour of welcoming a couple new whānau into our regional lead space. This has added a new dynamic within our team, as their individual personalities begin to shine.

We were grateful to welcome Georgia Butler, (Kairuruku, Te Kete Pounamu) into the regional lead space to fill the role of Secretariat. Georgia will also be supporting the Te Kete Pounamu National rōpū in this role also. We are excited to have the vibrant energy that Georgia’s presence adds to our space and look forward to learning more about one another and how best to support whānau Māori as our working relationship grows.

Te Kete Pounamu would also like to highlight, that we will be holding a regular ZOOM hui each Thursday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm for any whānau who would like to meet with us, to kōrero, to listen or to just ‘be’ in a safe space with like-minded individuals.

From top left: Haki Davis, Cody Black, Georgia Butler, Tui Taurua, Wi Huata, Henare Waru


Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui
Cody Black
Ihomatua Kaiwhakahaere, Te Kete Pounamu
Te Rau Ora


Update from Te Tai Tokerau Regional Rōpū

It has been a privilege to establish the network here in Te Tai Tokerau and create a steering rōpū, alongside whānau who have such heart and dedication for the overall wellbeing of our people. Whilst we have faced slight adversities with the unexpected rāhui restrictions, these times have provided our rōpū the opportunity to strengthen in more ways than one.

Internally, we have learned how best to work alongside each other and respect and value our diverse opinions. Positive outcomes for whānau continue to remain at the forefront of everything we do within our space.

One of the key highlights has been the success of our application for a ‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ community partnership grant. In the coming months, we will be planning an event to bring together whānau in a safe and non-judgmental space, so they can share kōrero about stigma and discrimination they have experienced.

We want to capture the contrast and perspectives of whānau who have been through services and experienced mental distress, stigma and discrimination, as well as their supporters to showcase the different perspectives. Many initiatives are focussed around either whaiora or whānau; we are wanting to intertwine the two and have this project inclusive of both.


Whilst I will continue to support the steering rōpū as the project lead for the ‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ kaupapa the beautiful and strong wahine, Tui Taurua has stepped into the role of regional lead.

Tui was part of the founding rōpū for Te Kete Pounamu and brings with her years of expertise being involved in different spaces within the Mental Health and Addiction sector. Tui also brings her own lived experience, which supports to create a connection with whānau. Tui is not afraid to advocate on behalf of the Māori voice, which makes her the perfect person for this role. Our rōpū have the utmost respect for Tui and look forward to working together.

Please check out her introduction for further insight about Tui and some of the mahi she is already a part of within multiple spaces, supporting whānau Māori throughout the Te Tai Tokerau region.

Nau mai, Haere mai Tui!

Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui
Cody Black
Ihomatua Kaiwhakahaere, Te Kete Pounamu
Te Rau Ora

Update from Murihiku Region

Kia ora koutou,

Coming to you from the deep south of Murihiku, at present, things are going well down here. With our whānau emerging from the rāhui period, it has been great to reconnect with our people kanohi ki te kanohi.  Our steering rōpū have been keeping our eyes open for potential members to join our rōpū.  Moving forward our steering rōpū are keen to expand our reach by potentially hosting our next regional hui in Hokonui. There are some great links that can be made within the South, and we feel we are well placed to keep promoting our network in this region.

We hope everybody has a great month and stays warm

Rihari Tekoti

Regional lead

Te Kete Pounamu ki Murihiku