Update from Te Tai Tokerau

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau,

Whilst the recent weeks have proven challenging in certain aspects throughout the nation. For our Te Kete Pounamu steering rōpū ki Te Tai Tokerau, this rāhui period has given us an opportunity to build on our connections and strengthen the relationships we have with one another. We have been able to remain strong in our connection and continue to build relationships with whānau Māori within our communities, by hosting online hui via zoom.

There has been a lot of whakaaro shared in relation to services that are either specifically whaiora centred or whānau centred, but rarely cater to both. For this reason, whānau would like to see services that support the individual experiencing challenges with their Mental Health and or Addiction as well as providing education for their whānau. Including education around appropriate language that is uplifting rather than downgrading. There has been a lot of kōrero too, asking questions about some of the free training provided within Māori organisations and why they are not NZQA accredited. So, this area, remains a work in progress.

Our steering rōpū remain thankful and acknowledge the gift of time we have been given throughout this rāhui. An opportunity to hit pause, reflect on ourselves and our wellness journey. We acknowledge that we are the foundations that self-care must come from first, so we can be the best versions for the whānau we support within our region and beyond.

The beauty of the lived experience space is the removal of the power dynamics, reciprocal learning, and to know that the whānau we walk alongside already have the answers they seek, within them. Our role is to engage in conversations that unlock them. We are excited to hear from more whānau in the months to come.

Cody Black, Regional Lead
Te Tai Tokerau Region