Agency News
March 2017

Number 36
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Enrolments Open at He Puna Waiora
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.
Welcome Dr Nelson Nagoor
We’re pleased to introduce the newest member of our team Dr Nelson Nagoor.

Dr Nagoor was born in Durban, South Africa, and studied medicine at the University of Natal. He comes to us with an extensive medical background from working as a registrar in general surgery, to a registrar in cardiothoracic surgery, to commissioning a new hospital in Durban at the request of the local government.

Dr Nagoor has also worked as a medical adviser on the mines, and later for a major funding company. He moved to New Zealand in 2003 and has been working as a GP in Levin and Foxton.

He moved to Invercargill recently to start his new role here at He Puna Waiora and is enjoying it already. He is looking forward to seeing more of the South Island, he says.

Dr Nagoor has a keen interest in natural healing, enjoys reading and playing golf.
The Biggest Loser Challenge
Mike Conway

Pictured: Mike Conway with his grandson Keanu Wanakore-Conway, almost 3.

The Biggest Loser Challenge Whanau update: Teri Pikia says all of those competing are feeling positive and trying new things. About 45 of the whanau registered for the Surf to City event last weekend! So far the teams have lost about 190kg and everyone is looking healthy and fit!

Mike Conway has switched pies for crackers and dropped 5% of his body weight.

It wasn’t long ago the 45-year-old father-of-three thought he was in pretty good shape. But as he watched his young moko kicking a ball around he thought I’d like to be able to run around with him and kick it back.

“I’d never really considered my fitness level, I just always thought it was always good. Reality is it needs work.”

So between his moko and the rest of his whanau Mike decided to give the Biggest Loser Challenge a go.

Keen to reach a higher level of fitness, Mike started walking and lifting weights, and replaced pies and mousetraps with crackers, raisins and cranberries and halved his portion sizes.

It’s about healthy choices rather than convenience, he says, although a trip to the supermarket takes a bit longer.

“I have read numerous boxes and packets of food where normally I would just throw them in the trolley … it is quite hard to find food without sugar and next to zero fat of any kind in the supermarket.”

Mike, who enjoys diving, fishing and watching sport, is loving the challenge and says it’s great to see the cross section of ages, ability and fitness levels doing the hard yards. He has noticed a big change within his whanau.

“Everyone is looking healthier and you can see the physical results starting to appear. There might be competing groups involved but we are all supporting each other’s individual quest, to help each person reach their personal goal which is a rewarding experience in itself.”

“We are together as one united in urging each other on for that last sit-up, that last burpee and that famous lunge.”

Mike’s work colleagues also have a keen interest in his journey and catch up often to share results and discuss what he’s been up to.

“There are a lot of people within the whanau’s reach that are being motivated by hearing what we have been doing , also seeing some positive results and asking what have you been up to?”

The Biggest Loser Challenge
Romano Danford

The possibility of living with diabetes triggered a young father’s desire to become healthy and fit.

Romano Danford, 27, says it didn’t come as a surprise to be told he was on the verge of diabetes.

“But actually hearing Dee (Curwood, NKMP) tell me face-to-face triggered something within me to try and become as healthy as I can, to be there for my family.”

So Romano entered his whanau’s Biggest Loser Challenge and has since lost a massive 22kg, with the aim of losing even more.

The youth support worker says (while he certainly hasn’t traded in pies) he has switched all liquids for water and has been exercising and walking. He has cut down his portion sizes and doesn’t eat after 7pm.

“A lot of the stuff I do is CrossFit style training thanks to some of the brothers from work who have helped me out with a plan which helps me get the heart pumping and fatigue going. No pain, no gain.”

Becoming healthy and active has helped Romano gain his relationship back with God, which he believes has helped with his health and well being.

He also doesn’t get tired as often as he used to, is able to jog, and has noticed he’s able to complete basic tasks easier.

“I used to get puffed doing the shopping or just giving the kids a bath with all the bending.” 

Romano is looking forward to playing rugby with his whanau.

“It’s been eight years since I’ve played or even been active, so it will be a test but you never know how things will go until you try, so I’ll give it a crack.”

Romano’s tip: Eat lots of tuna! It’s quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy, with a variety of flavours to choose from.

* Nga Kete’s Mauri Ora Nurse Dee Curwood stops in to perform health checks on each family member (in Invercargill). Dee measures and monitors the gains being made in their fitness plans. Some of the family have also signed up to the Southern Stop Smoking Service.

An Extra Support in the Community
Bonnie Kite - LMC Midwife
Bonnie Kite with her daughter Bella.
LMC midwife Bonnie Kite says NKMP’s Pregnancy and Parenting Service is an extra support service in the community that was certainly needed.

Mrs Kite has referred several women to Deli Diack, of the Pregnancy and Parenting Service, where the focus is entirely on looking at parenting through the lens of the baby. Some of those ladies required assistance with breastfeeding and others with stopping smoking.

It’s good having someone else in the community who is experienced and qualified and can pop in, reassure the parents, offer advice, and assistance with latching, Mrs Kite said.

She described a recent example where a client almost gave up breastfeeding.

“She was struggling with feeding and if it wasn’t for Deli being there at a point where she was really not wanting to do it anymore, she may not have carried on breastfeeding.”

“Deli is friendly, approachable, and non-judgmental. You can have a laugh with her and women like that. It’s just someone else to reinforce (the parents) they’re doing a good job.”

“Overall the service is useful, and helpful for midwives. It’s good to have that extra support.” 
Deli Diack
The Service:

The Pregnancy and Parenting service is about enabling, encouraging, and enhancing the journey through parenting, and building resilience and confidence to be the best parents they can be.

Deli Diack, who runs the service, is a qualified child birth educator and assessor for the New Zealand Breast Feeding Authority. She works alongside midwives and supports pregnant women and dad’s, and if required the whole whanau, around practical solutions to pregnancy and parenting challenges, breastfeeding and stop smoking support, access to local pregnancy and parenting services, one-on-one support, advocacy: linkage and connection to other service and ongoing support.

She describes the service as unique because she has the time to listen. “If a mummy needs support for more than an hour a week, that’s what she’ll get.”

Deli also has wide cultural understanding, and a strong knowledge of who does what in the wider community making access to support simple.
How to refer? Individuals, health providers, and community organisations can refer by phoning 0800 925 242 or by visiting Level 2, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill.
Smoke Free Selfie Challenge
Have you stopped, or are you planning to stop smoking? Now is the time to enter the Smoke Free Selfie Challenge!

Just email us ( your awesome selfie holding a written sentence as to why you stopped, or want to stop smoking, and we’ll pop it on Facebook for voting! The selfie that receives the most “likes” will win the challenge, followed by second and third placings, and score themselves a grocery voucher!
1st: $80 grocery voucher, 2nd: $60 grocery voucher, 3rd: $40 grocery voucher. Entries close April 13 2017 at 5pm. Winners will be announced on World Smoke Free Day!

Please visit our website for terms and conditions, and please note Facebook does not endorse this competition in any way. Please include your name and phone number in your email entry.

The Southern Stop Smoking Service is a free southern-wide service offering community group clinics and on-on-one support with seven mobile coaches operating across the region. We provide free nicotine replacement therapy resources to support you on your smoke free journey. Give us a call 0800 925 242, email us, or visit our website
Staff member Mark Tuapou demonstrates his selfie on our Smoke Free frame!
Our thanks to our colleagues at the Health Promotion Agency for supplying this frame!

Kawariki and the Shark Man
Maori Myths, Legends, and Contemporary Stories 

Tutira was born into a family captured by a tribe that lived near the coast. He worked in the gardens, carried water for the rangatira, and kept the fires burning. The rangatira of the tribe worked alongside the slaves, together the work was easier and kept the tribe well fed and wealthy.

Tutira worked and sometimes played with the children of the rangatira. Tutira was envious of his friends when he was left to the gardens and regular chores and they were taken to be instructed as future leaders.

The years passed and Tutira grew into a young man. One of Tutira's special friends was Kawariki, the daughter of a powerful tohunga called Matakite. Kawariki was raised to be a future leader of their tribe and Matakite insisted that she train hard to fulfil her role.

One day Matakite announced that Kawariki had been betrothed to a rangatira from a neighbouring tribe, securing allies and strengthening blood ties between both tribes. From that day on, Kawariki was forbidden to see or talk to Tutira. But Kawariki was a strong willed young woman who thought for herself. She secretly sent messages to Tutira and would often meet him at night at a quiet place in the hills. Together they would lie on their backs, look up at the night sky and talk of their dreams. This is how their love for each other first began.

Read the rest of this story here! 


Toi Toi Maori Art & Gift Shop
Toi Toi Maori Art & Gift Shop is located on Dee Street right next to Burger Fuel. Our unique shop stocks a wide range of gifts for the whole family, from just $10, with new stock arriving weekly. Lay-by is available.
Stock is New Zealand designed or sourced from local artists and is Invercargill’s only supplier of the Kia Kaha brand, which includes clothing, backpacks, travel bags, tie sets, belts and hats.
Toi Toi Maori Art & Gift Shop is a Nga Kete social enterprise with profits being used to support whanau.
119 Dee Street, Invercargill
Ph: (03) 218 6488

Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5.30pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm

Product Range:
Korowai, Ngai Tahu Pounamu, glassware, wood products, Kia Kaha brand, bone, weaving, heru, cards
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 March 2017
It was great to meet colleagues from Canterbury - Fionna Chapman from Etu Pasifika and a whanaunga from Te Puawaitanga. Both of these ladies are dedicated to stop smoking in their communities and looking toward to an opportunity to come south so we can share how we do what we do.
Tracey Wright-Tawha, CEO.
Tracey Wright-Tawha with Dr Lance O’Sullivan.
Dr O’Sullivan was declared New Zealander of the Year in 2014 for bringing health programmes to disadvantaged in rural areas. He is also the developer of the iMOKO medical app. Tracey is organizing an opportunity for Dr O’Sullivan to meet our health team!
Staff members Tira Ririnui, Rod Allison, Jade Unahi, and Greg Houkamou catching up for a chat - "Tane talk!"
Catching up with Dr Liz Craig (Invercargill Labour Candidate). Nga Kete welcome visits from every part of our community, with a number of politicians having stopped by.
Staff members Pikihuia Ruffell, Jade Unahi and Greg Houkamau walking part of the Kepler Track (Rainbow Reach to Moturau Hut) in preparation for the next Hikoi Te Hauora Addiction Recovery Camp coming up in the next couple of months! New to recovery? Want to know more?
Phone Pikihuia on (03) 214 5260.
Staff members Pikihuia Ruffell, Maira Boyle and Cindi Mouakarere completed the Surf to City in Invercargill with staff member Marcia Te Au-Thompson who walked there and back - A half marathon!
Our fabulous Problem Gambling counsellor Diane Mowat promoting the service at Countdown, Invercargill.
Our mailing address is:
92 Spey Street, Invercargill
Ph: (03) 214 5260 or free phone: 0800 925 242

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Late nights by appointment Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 5pm-7pm

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