Agency News
February 2017

Number 35
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Agency News
Enrolments have re-opened here at our Very Low Cost Access GP Service He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre! Give us a call on (03) 214 5261, free phone 0800 925 242, or visit 92 Spey Street, Level 1.
The Biggest Loser Challenge
A whanau led journey

Photo (some of the Pikia whanau) supplied by Teri Pikia.

“We’re trying to stop our whanau members going down the same path we’ve gone down."

Not only is Teri Pikia taking a hard look at her own health and wellbeing, she’s also looking out for her entire whanau, and competition is heating up!

28 members (and three generations!) of the Pikia family and extended whanau have split into four teams to take each other on in a 12-week Biggest Loser Challenge where weigh ins occur each week and $5 fines are handed out for weight gain.

Points are calculated by the combined percentage of weight loss and activities completed throughout the week. The group, some of which are in the North Island and Australia, communicate via a closed Facebook group and Skype.

At the end the winners will receive the money pool (from fines and the $20 entry fee) and, of course, epic bragging rights!

The family are determined to become healthy and fit and have organized frequent physical activities including games, swimming, and often provide each other healthy eating tips. The challenge has inspired whanau to head to the gym, and participate in upcoming events such as the Surf to City.

They also enjoy monthly whanau days, where Nga Kete’s Mauri Ora Nurse Dee Curwood stops in to perform health checks on each family member. Those checks can include cholesterol, blood pressure and cervical screenings. Some of the family have also signed up to the Southern Stop Smoking Service.

“Having Dee come is another motivator for us. We all have different goals and for some of us, health is one of the biggest,” Teri says.

This weekend four teams of four or five from the Pikia whanau competed in the Try-Whanau Triathlon held in Bluff. Some of the team members placed in events such as the long course (which consisted of a 300m swim, 20km bike ride and 10km walk/run).

They also won the Iwi award for having the most people from one iwi participating from Tainui!

“We’re all very proud of our efforts over the weekend having achieved so much and really pushing ourselves.”

“So far just two weeks in we have lost over 100kg (combined).”

* We’re excited to keep you updated about their progress!

It's so great that this story was read by almost 4000 people and received a huge amount of reaction on Facebook!
Welcome Pip
We welcome Phillipa Hakopa who is supporting NKMP across the year bringing Te Reo to the staff with her programme called Te Kākano. The programme is an introductory course for students with little or no knowledge of Te Reo Maori. Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu is a kaupapa Maori provider and therefore we believe learning Te Reo Maori is an exciting opportunity, which will lead to enhanced communication and interactions with our patients and clients.

Phillipa says:  

Tuia te rangi e tū nei
Tuia te papa e takoto nei
Tuia tō mātou nei Kiingi
me te whare Kāhui Ariki
o Potatau Te Wherowheo
Tuia ngā parekawakawa
E tākai nei ki te ngākau
Tuia tātou te hunga ora
Tēnā tātou katoa.
I te taha o taku pāpā, Ko Kelly Hakopa
He urī ahau nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Tokaanu
I te taha o taku Māmā, Ko Wara Tawha
He urī ahau nō Waikato Tainui ki Raahui Pookeka
He urī anō hoki nō Kāti Māmoe ki Temuka
Ko Phillipa Hakopa tēnei kua mihia.
I was born in Huntly, grew up in Awanui Kaitaia and lived in Invercargill for 33 years. I returned home to Waikato Tainui 2008 to reconnect and reclaim my Tainuitanga and Ngāti Tūwharetoatanga.  During this time I have worked as a Kaiako and gained a Batchelor majoring in Te reo Māori and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics Second Language Teaching at Waikato University.  Both have created a huge platform for me to pursue my own career with the development of my own programme Te Horopaki i te reo Māori (The Māori Language in Context), using a Communicative Language Teaching approach to learning and acquisition. Currently I am working towards completing my Master of Arts in a Genre-based Approach to Academic Writing in Te reo Māori and its application within the classes I facilitate.
I have had the honour and privilege of returning home to Invercargill 2015/2016 to share my knowledge and to give back to my community who nurtured and instilled in me the passion for our Indigenous language. I have returned again this year, with the wonderful addition of working alongside those of you of Ngā Kete Matauranga Pounamu Trust who wish to embark on this journey of learning. I am both thrilled and delighted to join a team of visionary thinkers who have chosen to take up the challenge to ensure the survival and maintenance of our chiefly language, and to uphold the gifts that have been handed down by own tūpuna so that it will never be lost like the moa.  A language can only survive if it is spoken.
‘Ko te reo kia tika     (so that our language is superb)
Ko te reo kia rere     (So that our language soars)
Ko te reo kia Māori  (So that our language is INDIGENOUS!!)
NKMP Maori Public Health
NKMP Maori Public Health
Maori Public Health is a population-based model that contributes to improved knowledge, attitudes, behavioral and circumstance change for whanau, hapu and iwi.
NKMP - Maori Public Health engages a range of strategies including health promotion, education and community development to improve Maori health outcomes across Murihiku communities.
NKMP – Maori Public Health contributes to innovative approaches in hauora that:
  • Promote hauora, wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.
  • Enable environments to further support health, wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.
  • Minimise personal, whanau and community harm.
Kia Piki te Ora – Maori Suicide Prevention
  • Promote Maori Mental Health & Wellbeing.
  • Reduce access to the means of suicide for Maori.
  • Increase safe reporting by media of suicide.
  • Contribute to improved Maori mental health services.
He Poha Oranga – Maori Public Health
  • Child Health & Parenting.
  • Mental Health Promotion.
  • Nutrition & Obesity.
  • Infrastructure – Workforce & Organisational Development.
  • Maori Health Promotion Outcomes Framework.
The team behind NKMP Maori Public Health: Daniel and Leoma Tawaroa
Mai te Kahui maunga ki Tangaroa,
Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au
All things are connected from the mountains to the sea,
I am the river and the river is me.
Leoma and Daniel are part of the Maori Public Health team at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu and have a background in Public Health, Kohanga Reo and Community Development. Leoma and Daniel work specifically within Maori suicide prevention, community education & health promotion, mental health, nutrition and physical activity.
Leoma and Daniel have over 30 years’ experience combined in community development with a focus on Maori public health and been actively involved in several hauora development approaches locally, regionally and nationally.
Leoma and Daniel have had a specific interest in community-based approaches, cultural diversity and health inequities and the consideration of tikanga Maori practices in innovative evidence-based programme development.
With a belief in the power and potential of whanau and community to effect change, Daniel and Leoma collectively strive to identify relevant and meaningful solutions that acknowledge Maori process and community development strategies, the strengthening of collaborative partnerships and the empowerment of whanau and communities.
Leoma Tawaroa - Te Ati Haunui-a-Paparangi, Ngati Apa
Daniel Tawaroa - Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi, Ngati Pikiao
The T.A.B. is the Only Winner
The inspirational story of a current client
** This client wishes to remain anonymous

“If there was a $2 coin sitting in the car and I was passing a TAB I was straight in there.”

The pull for me was huge. It was like I didn’t have a choice. It’s taken me 47 years of gambling to realise this problem was ruining my life and it all came crumbling down around me. 

Growing up, my father was a heavy drinker and he was always away somewhere. I don’t have much knowledge of a childhood because I was always looking after my siblings.

When I was 15 I got a job and left home to live in Invercargill.

Soon after I placed my first bet. I was at a friend’s house and we were watching the horse races when he said “did you know you can put a bet on them?”, I didn’t have a clue. He said “If you’ve got a dollar or two, we could make a few more.”

I soon discovered the race track where I spent most of my weekends drinking, betting, making money and losing even more. My new circle of friends included horse owners and jockeys. The circle was there and I jumped right in.

On my way home from work I’d stop at the TAB. If there was a $2 coin in my car it had to be used. If I won big I’d use the winnings to bet again. I got as much thrill out of a $2 bet as a $600 bet.

The years went by and I got a great job, I was married and had children. My wife knew about my betting but not to the extent. I was managing money for the company I worked for, and I was always responsible with it.

But I started thinking. If I spent a lot, there was a chance I could make a lot, and then I could put it all back right?

I started using the money. I was in a little world of my own. The thundering of hooves, the trotting, the thrill of a win, it was all so exciting. One day I placed a $49 bet and won $21,000. I thought wow if that happens every day then I’m fine. So I tried. It didn’t work.

I got really good at hiding what I was doing but then I got caught.

I got into a lot of trouble. But the relief of being caught was actually amazing. I stopped betting, just like that. I haven’t placed a bet since. It was almost like I needed, or wanted, to be caught.
I came to Nga Kete last year and have been receiving counselling and participating in the Art Therapy Programme.

I’d stopped betting before I arrived here, but the counselling has really opened everything up for me. We talked about everything a lot and it’s been a pretty big eye opener as to what I’ve done.  

I don’t miss the gambling at all. At the moment there’s about $20 worth of $2 coins in my car and I have no desire to take it to the TAB. There’s nothing there. I just don’t want to hurt anybody anymore.

There’s only ever one winner and that’s the TAB, and it’s taken me 47 years to realise that. 
Staff member profile
Cindi Mouakarere
Restorative Justice facilitator Cindi Mouakarere has been in the role two years and enjoys the variety of her work.

Cindi has studied business and accounting and has previously worked at NZ Couriers and Avis Budget. She enjoys volunteer work and has spent several years volunteering for Citizens Advice among others including the Environment Centre in Riverton.

In fact, volunteering is how she landed the role here at Nga Kete. Cindi was interested in restorative justice and volunteered to take notes at conferences. About a month later she was offered a permanent role.

Cindi completed her facilitator training in Wellington last year and has since been participating in internal training. She is currently finishing the accreditation process and moving on to complete Family Violence Accreditation.

Cindi enjoys the work and says she feels she’s making a difference, being productive in society, and she enjoys helping people throughout their journey.

Cindi is a busy mother-of-one who enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her family.

Kupe and the Giant Wheke
Maori Myths, Legends, and Contemporary Stories 


"Kupe was a rangatira, a great fisherman who lived in Hawaiiki. Surrounding Kupe's settlement were the traditional fishing grounds where Kupe and his tribe caught their fish. When the moon and tides were right, the fishermen headed out to sea and always returned with waka laden with fish of all colours and sizes- gifts from Tangaroa and Hinemoana which the whole tribe celebrated. The people gathered at the shoreline to greet them when they returned, to divide the catch so that each whanau had an even share.

One morning when the fishermen lowered their lines at one of their favourite fishing grounds, they didn't get the expected tug on their lines. Instead, when they pulled their lines from the water, their bait had vanished. This continued through the morning and into the day, and not one fisherman caught a single fish. This had never happened before. Many of the tribe were upset when they returned. They secretly accused the fishermen of disrespecting Tangaroa and therefore causing their misfortune."

Read the rest of this story here! 


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A survey of 96 students was conducted recently at Tauira Tautoko and shows the centre supports a diverse range of ethnicities from German, to Indian, Maori, Chinese, British, Swedish, Tongan and more!
The students were asked if they would like to add some of their experiences at the centre, and here’s some of the responses:
“I’ve made good friends and had many laughs here and much more.  This is a meeting place with real heart and soul. I love it.”
“You are producing a friendly place for people to mix and meet – thank you.”
“I really enjoy coming here. People are very friendly and accommodating and waiata day is great.”
“Really enjoy it, don’t know where to go or what to do without it.”
“Music is very relaxing.”
“Friendly environment, good vibes.”
“Tauira Tautoko is a fantastic facility that welcomes and cares for the students.”
“It has been very nice to have a place to go over class breaks, particularly when it has been cold and raining.”
“The staff are very supportive, it’s warm and clean.  It’s a lovely study place.”
“Friendly environment, always feel welcome.”
“Great place of cultural and educational exchange.”
Yummy Recipe
He Pataka Oranga – A storehouse of Wellbeing, a locally produced toolkit, was launched by Nga Kete in 2015, and  focuses on local community action for healthy eating. The community toolkit was developed in partnership with 11 past presidents of the Invercargill branch of the Maori Women’s Welfare League from 1969 to 2015. Enjoy one of recipes below! 
Staff at Work February 2017
Avenal Park Funeral Home staff Nigel Edwards and Chris Sutherland provided some valuable information regarding funeral/tangi planning at Nga Kete.
North Otago Stop Smoking Coach Liz Cadogan enjoying the sun and spreading the word. 
Southern Stop Smoking Service staff gathered for a team meeting.
An information table at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.
Sandra Stiles and Tracey Wright-Tawha at the first Here For You Coffee Group!
NKMP staff Pikihuia Ruffell, Maree Macdonald and Nicci McDougall matching in red. 
Teina Wilmshurst at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships with Public Health South staff Andrae Gold and Evelyn Mann.
Davina Mackley representing the Southern Stop Smoking Service and Nga Kete at the Southern Institute of Technology Orientation Week.
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