Te Kete Pounamu

Te Kete Pounamu is the National Group of Māori with lived experience of mental distress and or addiction.

The roopū (group) was established in February 2016 following a series of consultation hui held in 2015 with Māori with experience of mental illness, addiction and contact with health services. The founding national members of Bertram Paul, Darryn Williamson, Delft Klootwyk,  Gloria Sheridan, Henare Waru, Herewini Rangi (Co-Chair), Johnnie Potiki, Kerri Butler, Tui Taurua-Peihopa and Wi Huata were mandated to develop the infrastructure for local and regional networks to create a national voice for Māori with lived experience.

Later that year the rōpū were joined by three other important members — Matua Kingi Taurua as our first kaumātua, and the two pounamu pictured above.  Te Ahi Kōmau (left) was gifted by whānau from Te Tairāwhiti, and the pounamu on the right was gifted by Te Rau Ora (previously Te Rau Matatini) in recognition of our partnership.

Kia tū kotahi tātou kia purea ai tātou e ngā hau o Tāwhirimātea

We stand in unity for our future wellbeing and health solutions

The objectives of Te Kete Pounamu are to:

  • Provide Māori with lived experience, independent forums to come together to whanaungatanga, to kōrero in their regions and to share regional aspirations
  • Ensure Māori with lived experience of mental distress, and addiction inform and influence systemic change that responds to the needs of Māori
  • Expose and challenge bias and institutional racism
  • Strengthen workforce development for Māori with lived experience
  • Advocate for Māori to receive high-quality care and support from mental health and addiction services