Would you like to stop smoking? Give us a call on (Freephone) 0800 925 242 or (03) 214 5260 or refer online.
The Southern Stop Smoking Service team embarked on an amazing race in recognition of World Smoke Free Day 2018. The team were set missions which had them taking photographs with students, attempting the clip-n-climb at Stadium Southland, and navigating their way around the city. Photographs were taken throughout their missions with our main World Smoke Free Day messages: Helping you reach healthy heights, World Smoke Free Day - It’s about whanau, believe you can and you’re half way there, and the secret to getting ahead is getting started.
Would you like to stop smoking? Give us a call on (Freephone) 0800 925 242 or (03) 214 5260 or refer online.
The Southern Stop Smoking Service has partnered with Quins Pharmacy in Gore to host clinics on its site, and the referrals are rolling in!
The move has come after Quins Pharmacy co-owner Bernie McKone got in touch with the Southern Stop Smoking Service offering the opportunity to host a clinic from its premises.
Invercargill Metro Stop Smoking coach Joanne Te Tai travels to Gore on Friday mornings for the clinic.
Mr McKone said he was pleased to have the Southern Stop Smoking Service on site because he had found people always had better success rates at stopping smoking when they had nicotine replacement therapy alongside advice and support from an expert.
“It's much easier now because before we (pharmacists) would talk about smoking cessation but wouldn't have the tools or linkages to provide advice or resources. This is a big step forward and we just want to build on it,” he says.
"We've always said the single best thing anyone can do for their health is to stop smoking. It makes the biggest difference."
Mr McKone is hopeful the clinics will grow and could be run from the pharmacy's depots in Mataura and Lumsden.
Joanne Te Tai is equally motivated to facilitate the clinic at Quins Pharmacy, and says so far it had been a mixture of referrals, and on-the-spot work.
“The first day a lady had come in to pick up her prescription and realized I was there, so she came over and had a talk and was excited to be able to refer her husband into the service.”
Gore had been engaging with referrals and people were motivated to make changes to their smoking. “We put that down to the advice they’re getting from local stop smoking champions such as Bernie.”
People like Bernie make a massive difference in small communities, she said. “It’s the small town heroes putting their hands up for their community.”
The Southern Stop Smoking Service facilitates clinics in all areas across the region. These include:
Gore Runaka Office – 9am-12pm Thursday’s.
Gore Hospital – 10am-3pm Thursday’s.
Quins Pharmacy, Gore - 10am-12pm Friday’s.
Tapanui West Otago Health – Thursday afternoons.
Bluff Medical Centre – Tuesday afternoons.
Junction Health Cromwell – 9am-5.30pm Wednesday’s and 8.30am-12pm Friday’s.
Alexandra Family Medical – 8.30am-5.30pm Thursday’s and 1.30pm-5.30pm Friday’s.
The Hub (Oxford Street) South Dunedin – 11.30am-1.00pm Monday’s.
Dunedin Southern Stop Smoking Service office (137 Frederick Street) – 9am-3pm and 5pm-7pm Tuesday’s.
Tumai Ora Services Waikouati – 12pm-2pm Monday’s.
Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust – 10am-3pm and 5pm-6.30pm Monday’s, 9am-4.30pm Thursday’s, and 9am-3pm Friday’s.
Waka Landing, Riverton – 6pm-7.30pm Monday’s.
Nightcaps Play Centre – 11am-12.30pm Wednesday’s.
Winton Maternity Centre – 2pm-5pm Wednesday’s.
Tokomairiro Community Hub, Milton - Monday's and Tuesday's.
Budget Advice Balclutha - Monday's and Tuesday's.
Wanaka Health Centre – 1pm-6pm Monday’s.
Glenorchy Community Centre – 9.30am-2.30pm Wednesday's.
Baillie & Lewis Pharmacy, South City Invercargill – 10.00am-12.00pm Tuesday’s.
Southland Hospital Maternity Clinic – 10.00am-1.00pm Wednesday’s.
Appointments can be made for the above clinics by calling 0800 925 242.
Did you know here at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu we offer a Pregnancy and Parenting service, which is about enabling, encouraging, and enhancing the journey through parenting, and building resilience and confidence.
Deli Diack, who runs the service, is a qualified Child Birth Educator, an auditor for the New Zealand Breast Feeding Authority and a Arahi Maori Women’s Welfare League representative of the SUDI Prevention Network. 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, safe sleeping practices, access to local pregnancy and parenting services, one-on-one support, advocacy: linkage and connection to other service and ongoing support.
Deli also has wide cultural understanding, and a strong knowledge of who does what in the wider community making access to support simple.
Here at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu we offer the use of 14 pepi-pods with more available if required. As a kaupapa Maori Agency, our service promotes, protects and supports the use of safe sleeping practices. Pepi Pods and Wahakura are two initiatives that increase protection and promote best practice.
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.
Drop In Clinic Dates and Times:
NKMP, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill:
Smoke Free Pregnancy Clinics:
Baillie and Lewis Wellness Centre Tuesday 10am – 12pm
SDHB Maternity Unit Wednesday 10am - 12pm
Hokonui Runaka Thursday 10am - 12pm
The following information was sourced from:
Wahakura / Pepi-pod
The wahakura (pepi-pod) - the safe bed-sharing project
Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) can be a frightening topic for new parents to think about. Sadly, each year in New Zealand 60 to 70 babies die suddenly when they sleep. Most of these can be prevented.
One way to lower SUDI risk is through the use of a wahakura. A wahakura is a woven flax bassinet for infants up to 5-6 months of age. A pepi-pod is a plastic version of the wahakura made from polypropylene.
This return to a traditional Māori way of sleeping babies creates a safe sleeping space for your baby, protects your baby from SUDI and prevents accidental suffocation. It also promotes breast-feeding and bonding with your baby.
Wahakura and pepi-pods help to prevent vulnerable babies from accidental suffocation when sleeping in or on an adult beds, couches or makeshift beds.
Safe sleeping rules for the wahakura/pepi-pod
Always sleep your baby on their back - this gives protection from SUDI.
The wahakura/pepi-pod is designed for babies up to around 6 months. This is when the high risk of SUDI ends. ‘Community owned’ wahakura/pepi-pods will be retrieved by your health worker and given to another family for six months. Your own wahakura might serve all your children – or do the rounds inside the whanau. At six months old, your baby should move to another sleeping environment like a bassinet or cot.
Iwi Community Panels were launched at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust at the end of February with the first panels being held. Referrals have been rolling in for the new service, which has seen more than 15 local community people from a wide range of interests train as panel members. Four panels have been held, which have seen a total of 11 participants.
Click the link to read the latest news about Iwi community Panels!
Great to see our Southern Stop Smoking Service and Nga Kete's doctor service He Puna Waiora feature in the latest New Zealand Rural General Practice Network newsletter!
Below is the story from the newsletter. You can read the rest of the newsletter here.
The Southern Stop Smoking Service, run by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, has eight coaches providing free stop smoking services across Southland and Otago.
The approach works – in 2017 the Southern Stop Smoking Service received 2082 referrals, and of those 660 set a quit date and 453 became a validated quit – a 68 percent quit rate.
Joanne Te Tai, Invercargill Metro Stop Smoking Coach, Southern Stop Smoking Service: “I have a background in social services and administration work and have been working at Nga Kete as a stop smoking coach for the past three years. Our entire Southern Stop Smoking team re-trained as stop smoking practitioners, graduating in December 2017.
I’m passionate about the role because of the impact smoking has had on my own wha -nau. I like that our team is building readiness and supporting change – for the clients, their wha nau and generations to come.
I enjoy building relationships and watching confidence grow in a face-to-face setting. Success ranges, but I get a lot of reward from people over 60 or 70 who have smoked for 40-plus years and never tried to stop, then successfully leave the programme smokefree and confident.
Smoking cessation is our soul work and it’s our speciality – all our training, learning and knowledge is specific to that. The value we add is having a trusting relationship with GPs so they’re confident to refer, knowing we will support a client who needs it.”
Dr Callum Fowler, He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre, Invercargill:
“It’s a really important part of a GP’s job to ask a patient if they want to stop smoking. The introduction of local stop smoking services has made it easier, but I’ve always been comfortable asking patients the question.
“The Southern Stop Smoking Service gives us another resource to refer patients for support, and I feel great about referring patients to it, if the patient agrees.
“I’ve had a lot of patients able to give up successfully with what we have put in place. In my view, the medication I dispense is only one part of assisting a patient to stop smoking successfully. The support given by the Southern Stop Smoking Service is crucial to maintaining that change.”
The fourth Hikoi Te Hauora Addiction Recovery Camp has been held in the beautiful Blackmount Valley at Te Koawa Turoa O Takitimu.
NKMP staff were joined by eight participants on the four-day post-recovery camp, which is aimed to maintain and sustain recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
The camp, which was first held in September 2016, was developed by Nga Kete’s Addiction Services team and supports exercise, self-expression and wellbeing.
Addictions Manager and camp organizer Wendy Ellis said the camp-goers enjoyed a 10km walk on the Kepler Track, experiencing nature, the beautiful venue and creating Kowhaiwhai panels, which they were able to take home with them.
The highlight of the camp among participants was a trip to Milford Sound and scenic stops including Mirror Lakes, the Chasm and Homer Tunnel.
Most of the camp-goers hadn’t been to Milford Sound and described it as stunning.
“All felt like it was a spiritual experience and the highlight of the camp,” Wendy said.
Two of the participants spoken to after the camp said they would strongly recommend it and described it as well-facilitated, and held in a great venue with fun activities.
One participant described the camp as “totally serene” and said a change of scenery had done him good.
He enjoyed meeting new people and the “awesome” staff, and taking part in the activities. He described the trip to Milford Sound as the highlight for him – “Postcards just don’t do it justice!”
Another participant described the camp as healing and said everyone had come together as one big whanau. He especially enjoyed getting in touch with nature and creating the kowhaiwhai panels.
Today Jack Lovett-Hurst joined our team for a pilot programme based around S.O.A.R. (Securing Our Aspirational Realities). We're so excited to welcome Jack on board! Watch this space!!
"Kia Ora, my name is Jack Lovett-Hurst. I am 21 years of age and I live with my mum Debbie, my stepdad Greg, and my dog Spencer.
I have a disability called Muscular Dystrophy. I have been in a wheelchair since I was 2 years’ old and I have had 35 operations.
I attended Waihopai School and Southland Boys’ High School. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching sport on TV, and hanging out with people. I have three stepbrothers named Nathan, Nikora and Reihana.
Throughout my life I have competed in athletics for a club called St Paul's, competed in the Special Olympics against other people with disabilities, I have done Kapa Haka, played wheelchair basketball, and competed in the Southland Festival of Running. I have also been a teacher aide at Waverly Park Primary.
I have my own radio show called Jack’s Knowledge of Sport at Radio Southland, which airs every Wednesday.
In November last year my stepdad Greg and my mum Debbie and I competed in the New York Marathon. It was the toughest thing I have ever done in my life! There were 52,000 people that competed in the New York Marathon and only 2000 finished the race.
We went with an organisation Called Achilles NZ. I completed the marathon on my hand cycle. We went to San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles. We also went to Disneyland. We were overseas for 21 days - It was a trip of a lifetime
Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust Iwi Community Panel Co-ordinator Mana Wright will represent New Zealand at the 63rd Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland next week.
Mana Wright, 25, has been selected to attend through the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples on the basis of the work Nga Kete is doing in collaboration with the NZ Police, developing alternative resolution processes that seek to reduce Maori and community entry into the criminal justice system for low-level offending.
Mana will have the opportunity to participate around issues of economic, social and cultural rights presenting a New Zealand perspective.
He is excited about the opportunity because of his studies in politics and philosophy at Otago University.
“Participating in a United Nations conference has been a long-standing ambition of mine.”
“It gives me an opportunity to see how our government is implementing the articles of the UN covenant on social, economic and cultural rights to see what criticisms and compliments their committee has for our Government, and to see how myself and our organization could further implement these articles in our day-to-day work.”
NKMP CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha says Nga Kete celebrates the fact that a young man from Invercargill will gain exposure to the world stage and have an ability to contribute.
“Invercargill is such a diverse city of skill so what an amazing opportunity for us to be able to participate in a forum on the world stage regarding the rights and equality for all people.”
Police Deputy Chief Executive Maori/Assistant Commissioner Wally Haumaha says “this is a fantastic opportunity for Mana, to not only represent his Iwi, his whānau and his mahi, but also to represent the partnership that has been established between Iwi and Police to deliver the indigenous response that Iwi Community Panels are. “
“I wish him a safe and successful trip.”
Mana will attend the conference during the days New Zealand is being examined by the committee, 20 March 2018 to 23 March 2018.
Supporting and helping people is what our extraordinary Whanau Ora Disability Navigator Sandra Stiles (aka Camp Mother) is all about.
Sandra, who was brought up in Tarras - A small farming settlement in Central Otago, started her position at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust 14 years ago at the Maori Support Centre at the Southern Institute of Technology, before moving into administration and then disabilities support work.
Sandra’s position as a Whanau Ora Navigator with a focus on disabilities, supports whanau to live enriched lives and includes offering support, information, advocacy, advice and creating tailored plans to meet the client’s desired outcomes.
Sandra enjoys her role and especially being around the people at Nga Kete, supporting people and being able to help, and working with Kaumatua. “Our Kaumatua have wisdom, skills, dreams and aspirations and it’s an honor to walk with them” said Sandra.
“Having brought up a daughter with disabilities I think it’s been a passion to work alongside people with disabilities and support them as much as I can.”
Sandra has a passion for people and catering – She often caters for weddings and rugby clubs as a hobby.
“I love seeing people happy and content.”
Phone: (03) 214 5260
Free phone: 0800 925 242
Mobile: 027 555 0069
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Our hearts are heavy as we warmly remember our longest-serving Board of Trustees member Betty Rickus, who passed away on Saturday 27 January 2018.
Betty’s massive contribution, unwavering encouragement and belief in Nga Kete and its staff was felt strongly throughout her 17 years as a board member and as a big part of our whanau.
Hers was a smile that could light up a room, and her kind heart and caring nature left an immense impact on those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was a real people person and once said she “stuck around” at Nga Kete because she loved the agency, the people, and the “impeccable” way it was managed.
She said: “Health is not my field but yet I’ve stuck with it because of the people. The people are what make this agency so different to others … and it’s the way things are run here.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you whaea for everything you have done. Now is your time to rest and take your place among the stars. Moe mai te Hakui - Our ataahua Betty Boo, RIP.
"Arahina Ki Te Ao, Ki Te Ora"
- Leading the way towards achieving well being.
This statement signifies NKMP belief in the principle of tinorangatiratanga, that we can realise as Maori our own aspirations; that as Maori we can lead the way towards the well being of our people.
All Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu staff are Police vetted.