Agency News
November 2016

Number 30
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Christmas Hours
With just six weeks to go Christmas is nearly here!
NKMP will be closed from midday December 23 2016 and reopen January 04 2017.

He Puna Waiora GP Service and the Southern Stop Smoking Service are maintaining a skeleton crew over Christmas, with the following hours:

Closing: 5pm Friday December 23.
Opening: 9am Wednesday December 28 to 5pm Friday December 30.
Closing: January 02 and 03 (stat days).
Opening: January 04 with full staff back on for the New Year!
Welcome Dr Siobhan O'Donnell
Nau Mai Haere Mai!
Introducing the newest member of the team Dr Siobhan O'Donnell. 
Dr O'Donnell, who has been a doctor since 1981, moved to Invercargill to take on the role here at He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre. She has worked in Invercargill in the past and enjoyed it.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support
Pictured: Deli Diack
Diploma in Child Birth Education
New Zealand Breastfeeding Authority Maori and Consumer Assessor

It’s the moment you see a new mother stare into her baby’s eyes for the first time overcome with love and joy.
It’s the moment you watch a father have an “ahh moment”, and the moment you realise a new set of parents have “just got it”.

It’s these moments that make you realise, not only have you done your job well, but you definitely have the best job in the world.

An emotional Deli Diack doesn’t try to fight back the tears as she describes this firm belief and assures no one will ever convince her otherwise.
Deli, a mother of two, runs Nga Kete’s Pregnancy and Parenting support service, where the focus is entirely on looking at parenting through the lens of the baby.

In fact that’s why the service is so incredibly unique. It’s about observing the baby’s cues and behaviours and responding appropriately. It’s about enabling, encouraging, and enhancing the journey through parenting. It’s about building resilience and confidence to be the best parents they can be.

“Being a parent is not a right, it’s a pure privilege and we need to take on that role responsibly.”

Deli 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.

There are too many highlights of the job to put into words but it’s the little things that make it so special.
“It’s meeting the most incredible people in the community, it’s having the opportunity, the honour and privilege, to walk alongside parents on their journey.”
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
It’s November and we all know what that means! 
Two of our fabulous staff members Jade Unahi (left) and Mark Tuapou are taking on the Movember Challenge to raise awareness of men's health and strive for the title of Nga Kete's Best Mo 2016!
Our Problem Gambling team - counsellor Diane Mowat and health promotor Kerstin Kummerer - hosted a stall at Future Directions The Southland Mental Health and Addictions Network last week! The meeting covered updates on a wide range of regional and local mental health and addictions projects and services.

Do you spend more time gambling than you'd like?
Do you lie to cover up your gambling?
Do you feel guilty or worried about your gambling?
Do you gamble to win back losses?
Are you concerned about a loved one's gambling?
We can help!
Nga Kete delivers a free, professional, and confidential problem gambling service for gamblers and those affected by gambling. 
Phone (03) 214 5260 or free phone 0800 925 242 and ask for Diane Mowat.
Woohooo it's SALE TIME!! What better way to start the Christmas shopping than with some awesome bargains?! Head in to Toi Toi Maori Art & Gift Shop, 119 Dee Street, Invercargill, for a massive 20% off everything store-wide!
Sale ends THIS Saturday November 12 2016! 

Our social enterprise shop creates opportunity for work place experience, showcases local art work and supports with our ability to assist whanau. 

Help us to help others - shop at Toi Toi today!
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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