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

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

Tui Taurua

Ngāti Kawa, Ngāti Rehia, Ngāti Rahiri, Ngāpuhi nui tonu


Tui’s healing and empowering the voices of tangata whaiora pathways interweaves with the journey of her moko kauae. Receiving her moko kauae gave her the strength to find her voice. The courage to speak of her journey to hell and back, to inspire change for herself and other tangata whaiora—the determination to live and be happy in the presence of mental health challenges.


Tui was part of the national rōpū He Puna Rangatira to host the first Māori National Tangata Whaiora Conference in 2007. She has held many roles in the mental health sector; a kaiāwhina, consumer advisor, campaign coordinator, project lead and community support worker.


Tui works locally, regionally and nationally. She is self-employed, working with Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Te Kete Pounamu and the Kingi Taurua Foundation to advocate for and transform the way services work with and for tangata whaiora.


She lives in Waitangi and as told by her:

“It’s wonderful to be home, where my tupuna walked

The sea looks amazing, and the sea is still warm

My tupuna have walked the paths of this place

I’m safe now, living where I belong.”

Nā Tui Taurua, 2013.


She is an amazing, open-hearted wahine Māori with the grit and determination to make real differences with and for tangata whaiora. Nō reira e te wahine rangatira, tēnā koe, tēnā tātau katoa.


Terri Cassidy


If there is a leader you would like to nominate for a future e-pānui edition, please email us at for further details.

Update from Ōtepoti

Te Kete Pounamu ki Ōtepoti

An initiative to beautify (preferably something no one else has done) the entranceway to Wakari Psychiatric Hospital Wards will be on the agenda for discussion at our upcoming steering committee hui in July

First impressions for tangata whaiora Māori and ALL new arrivals to the mental health system at the hospital, should be one of healing and recovery from mental distress. Maybe an onsite marae could be part of the answer.

TOTT have kindly offered Te Kete Pounamu their office and marae space, to utilise once a month for our steering rōpū members to meet.

1. Te Oranga Tonutanga Māori Mental Health
2. Entrance to Ward 11 and Ward 10C
3. Entrance to Ward 9C
4. The 9B and 9A units entranceway









Haki Davis
Regional Lead

Te Kete Pounamu ki Ōtepoti

Update from Whakatū

He mihi aroha tēnei i te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui ki Whakatū –
(Greetings in love from the Top of the South Island – Nelson)

Te pou, te pou Te tokotoko i whenuku Te tokotoko i wherangi Tōkia, tūkia Ko te mumu, ko te āwha Ko te manihi kaiota Tākiri panapana Ka rau i runga ka rau i raro Ka whai tāmore i runga, ka whai tāmore i raro Tēnā ko te Pou Te Pou o Rongo, nō Rongo Mauri ora Ka o a e e
The supports, the sustenance The provision/protection from Papatūānuku Provision/protection from above (Ranginui) The ravages and attack Be that by the wind and the storm From the wind and the storm Ripped up and strewn about Here lie’s the crops pulled up Gathered from above, gathered from the earth Seek what is well rooted from above and the earth This is the support The support of Rongo, from Rongo wellbeing From the O and from and A









We had our first kanohi ki te kanohi hui in a long time on the 30th of June.  We were blessed with Māwhera (Greymouth) joining us as well as five new whānau who associate with the Victory Community Centre – Tino exciting!  Lots of robust kōrero and everyone wanted to have their say.  We have a starting point for Whakatū. E whakamana ana tātou i a tātou anō mai i te tirohanga Māori i te tuatahi – empowering ourselves as individuals through our Māori culture first and foremost.  How this will look and what this will entail will be decided collectively.  Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi – collectively with all our desires, thoughts, skills and input our journey together begins.  Our next hui is to be held 28 July – Nau mai, Haere mai.


Nō reira e te whānau whānui – kua tae hoki mai te takurua, ā, kia noho mahana ai koutou – winter has arrived, stay warm whānau. Mauri ora.

Sheryl Takiari
Regional Lead

Te Kete Pounamu ki Whakatū

Update from Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Ngā mihi nui e te whānau

In this edition of our e-pānui, we have included a picture of some flowering harakeke.  Within our steering group of Te-Whanganui-a-Tara, we often talk about “Puāwai” (to blossom/come to flower). It reminds me how beautiful it is to see whānau who have faced challenges with their well-being, and given the support and opportunity are able to grow and blossom.  Te-Whanganui-a-Tara are blossoming as a region, steering group and individually.  Much like the image of the harakeke, we are not alone, and we have the support of each other, our Te Kete Pounamu and Te Rau Ora whānau.

We are excited to announce our application for the grant from Like Minds Like Mine was approved, and we can begin our mahi to produce a piece of work that addresses Stigma and Discrimination through a Te Ao Māori lens.


Nicola Clarke
Regional Lead
Te Kete Pounamu ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Update from Te Tai Tokerau

Tēnā koutou katoa,


Our next hui will be based around creating the agenda for the Te Kete Pounamu ki Te Tai Tokerau regional hui we have coming up in August. We are hoping to come up with a theme and 2 – 3 questions that we can utilise, to facilitate a workshop session within our hui.


We welcome your whakaaro by the 20th of August 2020, so we can work towards implementing your ideas and suggestions into the agenda we create. This will ensure that our hui remains true to our purpose and relevant to whānau Māori currently living in the North.


We are still on the lookout for anyone who identifies 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

Regional Lead

Te Kete Pounamu ki Te Tai Tokerau

Regional Lead Update

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau,

Our regional leads and steering rōpū members are excited to be back out in the communities, networking and inviting whānau Māori to the upcoming regional hui we have happening throughout Aotearoa.

There has been a huge shift throughout our country, with our people now navigating what their ‘new normal’ looks like post-rāhui. Some facing challenges with the adjustment, others finding it a breeze to merge back into society and reconnect.

For those whānau who require support, conversation or just someone to listen;
Our 0800 POUNAMU phone line remains open from 8:00am – 10:00pm, 7 days a week.

On behalf of us all, we express our thanks and gratitude and are excited to announce that several of our regional spaces have been accepted for funding from the Like Minds, Like Mine community grants that were applied for earlier in the year! Te Kete Pounamu regional spaces are currently beginning to further brainstorm and work towards bringing the proposals into fruition.

From left: Nicola Clarke, Cody Black, Haki Davis, Sheryl Takiari, Rihari Tekoti


Ngā mihi

Cody Black, Ihomatua Kaiwhakahaere

Introducing Georgia Butler – Kairuruku, Te Kete Pounamu









Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Pukehaua me Pukehuia ngā maunga

Ko Hokianga Whakapau Karakia te moana

Ko Omanaia te marae

Ko Ngā Puhi ko Ngāti Porou ko Ngāti Ingarangi ngā iwi

Ko Jamie Butler tōku papa

Ko Kerri Bristowe tōku mama

Ko Georgia Butler ahau


My journey in this sector unknowingly started when I was a young girl. I was given exposure to the systems, and what reality was like for my whānau experiencing significant distress. My lived experience comes from standing by my Mum on her journey within the services. The adversity I witnessed while growing up ignited a passion within me to do and be better for our next generation.


My role as Kairuruku (National Co-Ordinator) for Te Kete Pounamu allows me to connect with like-minded people across Aotearoa in local, regional, and national spaces. Within these spaces, whānau are given an opportunity for their voice to be heard, and their kōrero actioned. I firmly believe that Te Kete Pounamu has a fundamental role in the future of our Rangatahi, systems and practices. I am honoured to be in this role and to have the opportunity to be apart of a significantly defining process not just for Māori but in health as well.