Throughout the most recent weeks, Te Kete Pounamu ki Ōtautahi steering rōpū decided we would be in contact regularly to make sure we remained well during the rāhui restrictions. We hosted our first ever whānau tautoko hui via zoom, initially there was mixed feelings, some of which included nervousness and uncertainty. There was a positive attendance, with eight whānau members and I, present. It was really good to see them all take an active part in the kōrero throughout this hui.
Following, we were able to plan our next steering rōpū hui. We also set our next whānau tautoko hui and decided that we would make the theme for each of these surrounding ‘what it is going to be like for our people returning to utilising services’ post rāhui.
We will be meeting kanohi ki te kanohi in the near future, ensuring that we are keeping ourselves safe by following the current health and safety protocols required. Our rōpū have a vision of focussing on further promoting Te Kete Pounamu within our region and strengthening the way we do things as a rōpū, post rāhui.
All things considered, we are making the best of the situation that we are in and with what we can achieve. Our huge appreciation and gratitude to each member of our steering rōpū. They are all amazing people to work alongside and each has such passion for striving towards better outcomes for Māori tangata whaiora and whānau.
Darryn Williamson, Regional Lead