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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