Agency News
September 2016

Number 27
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Hikoi Te Hauora 
Recovery Bootcamp
Our first inaugural Hikoi Te Hauora Addiction Recovery Camp was held recently and what a fabulous week it was!

The camp is an Addiction Services initiative to support exercise, self-expression and well being. It was held in the beautiful Blackmount Valley at Te Koawa Turoa O Takitimu.

The group had a fantastic time and enjoyed tons of activities from waka ama to art, games and hiking.

Participants Epi and Dion, who both suffer severe hearing loss, said the camp was “brilliant” and they had enjoyed getting to know each other and being able to relate to others.

“We all felt like a family and part of a team.”

“It was a confidence builder. It was tranquil and spiritual. A 10 out of 10 atmosphere. It helped us to open up more, talk more.”

“We didn’t even have time to think about addictions.”

Maria, another of the camp’s participants, said the relaxing camp had given her more confidence and she had enjoyed being part of a team.

Three camps will be held next year. Those interested in attending can contact Addiction Services Manager Pikihuia Ruffell on (03) 214 5260 or 0800 925 242.

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. Participants achieve physical activities and tasks such as tramping, waka ama, tree planting, foraging, navigation, and environmental awareness.

Hikoi Te Hauora outcomes:
  • Make connections with our natural environment, whanau and self.
  • Build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Learn problem solving skills and strategies.
  • Learn alternative coping strategies.
  • Overcome emotional, spiritual and mental challenges.
Participant criteria:
  • Health clearance from GP.
  • Four weeks free from alcohol and/or drugs.
Welcome Dr Greg Baird
We’re pleased to introduce the newest member of our team Dr Greg Baird.

Dr Baird moved to Invercargill from Salt Lake, Utah, recently with his wife and three sons.

The doctor, who has a Master’s in Public Health, is excited to be in “the beautiful” New Zealand and says he and his family are looking for a new permanent location to live.

They’ve certainly come to the right place!

“We love hiking and camping.”
Employment Opportunities

Fantastic opportunity to join our amazing Addiction Clinical Team.

The Position: Working with Rangatahi who seek support, education awareness and clinical treatment for addiction related issues. 
This position will suit someone with strong Maori linkages and networks.
You will have a relevant qualification or committed to ongoing addiction training. We require a person who is fit, able to work out in the field with minimal supervision. Work will involve co-facilitation of addiction recovery camps, group work and one-on-one intervention.

Service: Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu extends a whanau centred mode of operation in a setting of excellence and we are committed to employing the right person for this challenging but rewarding position. Experience working with rangatahi, capacity in waka toi, waka ama, kapa haka, mahika kai is desired.

Location: Working from 92 Spey Street Invercargill at our Head Office and in the Southland environment.

Essential Criteria: Clean drivers licence, a relevant counselling qualification (or on a pathway), strong Maori networks and linkages.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Send C.V. and cover letter stating interest to: Pikihuia Ruffell, NKMP Charitable Trust, PO Box 1749 Invercargill by 5pm 14 October 2016.
Ph: (03) 2145260 
Free Phone: (0800) 925242



​Fantastic opportunity to join a busy VLCA Practice December 2016 – Permanent

The Position: An opportunity has arisen for an experienced GP to join our busy practice in Invercargill starting mid December 2016. This is a .8 role with minimal after hours shifts (shared roster between practices). You will be joining a team of experienced health professionals who provide high quality health care. The practice has 2500 enrolled patients and ideally you will work Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday.

Service: He Puna Waiora extends a patient centred service with ability for on referral internally to a wide range of our health and social services e.g. Whanau Ora, Stop Smoking, Disability Support, Addictions Counselling, Public Health, Natural Therapies and much more.

The Location: Invercargill is situated as the gateway to Fiordland, Catlins, Rakiura (Stewart Island) and the adventure playground of Queenstown. Providing opportunities to get outdoors with established bushwalks, tramping and bicycle routes. Invercargill is a great safe place to live with affordable housing and access to excellent education from early childhood to the great Southern Institute of Technology.

Essential Criteria: Must have or be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Practice Visit Welcome. Letter of Interest, CV (Qualifications and Experience) to 92 Spey Street or PO Box 1749 INVERCARGILL or Email:
Ph: (03) 2145260 
Free Phone: (0800) 925242
Want to stop smoking? 
STOPtober is right around the corner and our team of dedicated mobile coaches located across the entire Southern region are here to help you on your journey!
Our free service includes community group clinics and one-on-one support, as well as free nicotine replacement therapy resources.
Fill out our referral form here: 
or give us a call on 0800 925 242.
Cervical Awareness
Te Whare Tangata Cervical Screening for enrolled patients at He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre.
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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