Update from Tāmaki Makaurau

Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa,

Ngā āhuatanga o te wā nā Henare (Tāmaki Makaurau regional lead).

Our steering rōpū ki Tāmaki Makaurau have engaged in a range of kaupapa over the last few months. We had the opportunity to attend pōwhiri at Mahitahi Trust, to strengthen the relationship we have with their organisation and to ensure that we unite to ensure our whānau are getting the support that each of our spaces provide.

Our rōpū were able to be part of whanaungatanga, share in kai and take part in kapahaka. This time gave us the opportunity to acknowledge our members and the value they bring to the vision of Te Kete Pounamu.

Mid-April, Te Kete Pounamu ki Tāmaki Makaurau held our first ever ‘Whānau Tautoko’ hui via Zoom. Our theme for this hui was all about tākaro, and strongly focussed on hearing how whānau have been maintaining their wellness during the rāhui period and seeking out how different, hauora is for each person.

We had a representative from Te Kete Pounamu National rōpū who shared a pūrākau that holds significance to his wellness journey. All whānau present, were able to relate to some extent and this supported in building connection within our hui. I was able to share my own whakaaro about using tākaro/play as a wellness tool.

The rōpū shared the resources they have been using to maintain wellness, whilst continuing to keep physical distancing at the forefront of mind.
In our May steering rōpū hui we welcomed two new members. We connected by sharing a gratitude list which included whānau, mahi and good weather.
I am so grateful to be in this space of wellness.
We would also like to thank the whānau at Turuki Health Care who provided food parcels and sanitizer to whānau during COVID 19. Also to acknowledge Te Ara Whiriwhiri for their ongoing support for our kaupapa, so we can continue to provide opportunities to embrace our past, and for the voices of Tangata Whaiora to be heard so we can make a difference for our future.

Mā whero mā pango ka oti ai te mahi
With red and black the work will be done.

Henare Waru, Regional Lead
Tāmaki Makaurau