Agency News
August 2016

Number 24
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A connected Community will Help Prevent Suicide
Te Whare Tu, Te Whare Ora 2016

The theme for this year’s Te Whare Tu, Te Whare Ora kapa haka event was Manaaki Tangata – a call to action to strengthen a strong cultural identity in the prevention of suicide.
Te Whare Tu, Te Whare Ora was held on Friday to celebrate marae, iwi or tribal groups, Maori organisations, agencies and wider communities. Community relationships, whanau and iwi connections are expressed in the medium of Maori performing arts.
Leoma Tawaroa, Kia Piki te Ora – Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator of Nga Kete says suicide is a complex and serious issue for all populations and the Southland region is no exception.
“The ‘silent issue’ of suicide is now beyond the point of discussion. This is a call to action for organisations, agencies, workplaces and communities to stand together, become informed and partner up to find meaningful and appropriate solutions  for whanau and communities.”

Leoma Tawaroa says every year approximately 500 people in New Zealand take their own lives, with many more attempting suicide or experiencing levels of distress that places them at high risk of suicide.
“Across all sectors and all levels from council to the local marae it is important to work together to advocate and influence meaningful and positive change for individuals, whanau and communities,” she says. 
New Faces in the Whare!
Passionate youth worker and family man Mark Tuapou has joined our Whanau Ora team.

Mark comes to us with 10 years experience in community services and holds a Diploma in Youth Work and Certificate in Social Services. He has previously worked in residential care, at Child Youth and Family, the YMCA, and was most recently working with Youth Service at Southland Community College.

Mark is looking forward to his new role as a Taitamariki / Ora Navigator, the opportunity to work closely with individuals and whanau to support their different needs.

Outside of work Mark enjoys spending time with his partner, their two children.
Maria Colligan-Haggart has been appointed service manager of the Southern Stop Smoking Service and started her new position this week.

Maria is a mother of three who enjoys the outdoors, baking, and working with crystals.

She has a background in health including nursing and several years experience in management, most recently working as service manager at IDEA Services, which provides disability support services.

She is looking forward to a new and exciting challenge, she says.
Staff Profile:
Natasha Barrett

Specialist Facilitation Services Managar
Pictured: Natasha Barrett and her daughter Sharni Te Rangi Edwards.

Specialist Facilitation Services manager Natasha Barrett is passionate about her role and looks forward to the progression of restorative justice.
The mother of four, who attended Otago University and achieved a bachelor in social and community work, started working as a restorative justice coordinator at Nga Kete in 2011 and began her manager position in May last year.
Natasha is passionate about her role.
“I love that it gives victims and offenders an opportunity to meet in a facilitated environment that is out of the court setting. It enables both to restore and resolve and move forward.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing it grow and having a more positive effect on our community.”
Outside of work Natasha enjoys spending time with her family and supporting her children in their sport and kapa haka.
Our Website
Our website has had a massive upgrade! We have refreshed our look and streamlined the website to enable easier navigation.
We've also introduced our brand new Southern Stop Smoking Service webpage. 
Head along to to check it out!
Father's Day
Father's Day is fast approaching, and we've got lots of gift ideas in store for your pāpā. Check out our awesome Kia Kaha range of clothing, belts, and ties!
Free gift wrapping and lay-by options available. Gift vouchers are also available!
Kaumatua Soup Pot Share
Kaumatua Soup Pot Share - Hope to see you for lunch. A time for you to share your whanau best soup recipe. We'll supply the buns and treats. If you need a ride please phone Sandra and we'll get you there and back! Let's get our slurp on whanau! Brought to you by a Kaumatua request!
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