Agency News
December 2016

Number 33
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Merry Christmas from the CEO
From all of us here at Nga Kete have a Merry Christmas! We wish you joy and happiness and the happiest of New Years!

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!
In an emergency contact 111 or
Southland Mental Health Emergency Team (SMHET)  
0800 467 846

Youthline 0800 376633 or Free TXT 234

Gambling Helpline 0800 654 655

Alcohol Helpline 0800 787 797; Free TXT 8681 

Urgent Doctor 03 218 8821

Healthline 0800 611 116

Quitline 0800 778 778

Lifeline 0800 45 43 35
Our fabulous Problem Gambling team! (from left) Addiction Services Manager Pikihuia Ruffell, Problem Gambling counsellor Diane Mowat, and Problem Gambling health promoter Kerstin Kummerer out raising awareness of safer communities!
Congratulations Tracey Wright-Tawha!
Not a bad way to end the year for our CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha! After a ton of hard work Tracey now holds a Bachelor of Applied Management (Maori Organisational Leadership)! We’re so proud!!
Welcome Greg
Welcome to our new Rangatahi AOD Kaimahi Greg Houkamau.

Greg, a father of three and stepfather of one, comes to us with an extensive working background in teaching and a huge passion for youth.

Greg has taught carving, Maori art, kapa haka, and basic Te Reo Maori at numerous schools including the Universal College of Learning in Palmerston North, where he developed a traditional Maori Arts programme.

He also taught at Tweedsmuir Intermediate and Southland Boys’ High School, and has spent the past three years at Community College as a Youth Adviser and facilitator of the Sport and Rec programme.

Greg enjoys sports especially touch rugby and has represented Southland and New Zealand, as well as coaching numerous youth sports.

He is happy to be in his new position here at Nga Kete and looks forward to the challenge. He enjoys helping youth navigate in the right direction and says its fulfilling to watch the young people come out the other side with a positive result.
The Year That Was
Part Two
In May 2016 Nga Kete took up a call to action in suicide prevention by providing training to all 56 staff members and went further to challenge other organisations to do the same. Invercargill communities, groups and agencies took up the call to action by committing to sign a community accord which asks that we collectively participate in a community information network as a positive step to keeping our whanau safe from suicide.
In July 2016 Nga Kete became the provider for stop smoking services in the southern region. NKMP employed a service manager, seven site coaches, and profiler and developed a new brand. The agency also arranged the design and production of sign written vehicles, pull up banners, sandwich boards and other branded material. We also set up a dedicated email address and website with an option for online referrals. Our service strategy is to operate across the Southern region with seven mobile coaches providing community group clinics and one-on-one intervention. We provide free nicotine replacement therapy resources such as patches, gum, and lozenges.
The team has received more than 600 referrals since go live!
Nga Kete staff launched a new support group for LGBTQI+ and their whanau and support people.
Our first inaugural Hikoi Te Hauora Addiction Recovery Camp was held in September. The camp is an addiction services initiative to support exercise, self-expression, and well being.
Hikoi te Hauora purpose: To maintain and sustain recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, by re-engaging with our natural environment through physical and spiritual activity.
Deli Diack has returned to Nga Kete to run a Pregnancy and Parenting support service where the focus is entirely on looking at parenting through the lens of the baby. “To promote, protect, and support positive parenting by attaching, bonding, and responding sensitively to baby’s needs – articulating parenting through the lens of the baby.”
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. Anyone can refer to the service, which consists of one-on-one home or on-site visits and drop-in clinics.

Several clients from services across the agency have volunteered to share their inspirational stories. All of those stories can be found here.
Our mailing address is:
92 Spey Street, Invercargill
Ph: (03) 214 5260 or free phone: 0800 925 242

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

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