Update from Ōtepoti Region

Our rōpū in Ōtepoti have started our journey out of rāhui and we are looking forward to being able to access resources again within the community that have not been available during Aotearoa rāhui period.

We are looking forward to hosting our first ever zoom hui (Zui) to come together as our Te Kete Pounamu steering rōpū ki Ōtepoti towards the end of May, and then following on from there by hosting our first ever Te Kete Pounamu Regional Hui through Zoom, the week following.

We don’t yet have enough resources available to meet kanohi ki te kanohi or make contact with all Tangata Whaiora Māori and their whānau down here in the South. However, we are taking the initial steps of introducing ourselves, and maintaining the kōrero, until they’re ready to take another step of trust. This is our most effective way to supporting our whānau and ensuring connection during this time.

I have met many of the service users currently on the wards at Wakari hospital in Dunedin, who have little knowledge of Te Ao Māori, and may feel vulnerable to outside influences when we take that initial step. With some perseverance and a bit of hard work we can become part of the solution.

Ngā mihi nui

Haki Davis, Regional Lead
and the team down here in the Deep South of Ōtepoti Region

Some of the rōpū, and manuhiri at our last Regional Hui (Pre-rāhui)
Carved by Vince, one of the few Tangata Whaiora Māori who work as an artist at the “Artsenta”, a community art centre for service users only, in Ōtepoti. The wood used for the carving is Jarrah wood, a native Australian wood. The wood was from an old New Zealand telephone power pole left at the art centre, which speaks of the broken lines of communication between service users who experience the phenomena of hearing the voices of their ancestors, and the professionals in the New Zealand Mental Health system. The greenstone placed in the piece is our message, Te Kete Pounamu ki Ōtepoti. The artist was given Kererū feathers and a Tui wing as a koha from us
Our greenstone (Te Āka)