Haki Davis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Manu) and the Ōtepoti rōpū supported the first Ōtepoti Te Kete Pounamu regional hui for 2020 at the Dunedin Community House in Dunedin’s central business district. As always it was an excellent kōrero (whakapapa) from Kerri Butler, whose kōrero and the energy throughout, bought mana to our rōpū in Ōtepoti.
Ōtepoti rōpū had a few cancellations; however, unexpected whānau turned up, which was great for our confidence as an rōpū and our overall purpose to capture the voice of Māori. Our attendance was contributed to everyone working together before our regional hui with distributing the pānui as well as interaction with others kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face).
At our regional hui, we were asked several questions for Kerri to submit to Kevin Allan, the Health and Disability Commissioner for his report due in June.
Ōtepoti rōpū are developing our own kaupapa, and we realise that while developing this we have grown to know each other, and also what we want to do and where we want to go as Ōtepoti rōpū.
Ōtepoti rōpū want to utilise our funding to do a hāngī to enable our rōpū to build new connections with Tangata Whaiora, our whānau, Māori Mental health professionals, and the wider community.
Pictured Ōtepoti steering rōpū from left to right Denise Parata, Sue Tamihana, Haki S Davis, Eugene Manuel, Rihari Graham, Kellie-Ann Te Huki (Front)