Update from Whakatū

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Many thanks for the opportunity that enabled our Te Kete Pounamu ki Whakatū steering rōpū access to Zoom. We have been able to have regular phone contact in conjunction with the online hui we’ve hosted. These times have enabled whānau within our rōpū, as well as whānau Māori within the communities of the Whakatū region to remain connected.

Connection with one another has been vital during the past few months, more so than ever before. Ensuring we are meeting regularly has provided a safe space for whānau Māori to just ‘be’, to offload, to cry together through the challenging times and celebrate through the successes.

Following are just a few of the many, insights from our Whakatū whānau – Sharing their very raw and honest truths:

“I have been eating lots of comfort food, watching lots of movies and listening to lots of music.”

“I value daycare more since the rāhui. I have been regularly exercising which has helped maintain my mental health. Every day I choose something that I love about myself and something that I love about my son”

“At times it has been a little emotionally draining. However, I have been participating in the 25 push up challenge every day in support of post-traumatic stress disorder. I am also organising respite care for myself with Alert Level 2 coming”

“Whānau have experienced the loss of close whānau during the rāhui. A new experience with virtual and online tangihanga”

“If I can handle seven days straight in isolation and been 15 years under the Westernized system, I’m coping fine with the rāhui… That’s nothing compared to being locked up in the bin. If I can handle the bin, I can handle anything”


Kia Kaha tātou – great resilience and strength – Tū Rangatira!!

Sheryl Takiari, Regional Lead
Whakatū Region