"Eight groups in Southland signed an accord last week which will see them collectively participate in a community information network to help keep family and whanau safe from suicide."
Click here to read the story! www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/83417886/southland-ramps-up-fight-against-suicide-with-hopewalk-and-accord-signing
Tauira Tautoko Student Support Centre:
We’ve conducted a survey of 90 students who visited Tauira Tautoko student support centre at SIT during April - 52 of which visited several times a day!
Our survey shows students who visited were aged from under 20 to 60+ and from a diverse range of ethnicities including Indian, German, Chinese, British, African and South America Latin American. They visited for varying reasons; the most popular being tea/coffee/kai, warmth, getting to know other people, and for the computer suite.
We’ve received some fabulous feedback from the students:
“Very warm and welcoming, I feel a sense of belonging and felt looked after.”
“Welcoming and relaxing”.
“Home away from home.”
“Met my best friends here!”
“Brilliant. Couldn’t do without.”
Addiction Services – Individual Counselling
Of the 10 clients surveyed in July, all have rated their Addiction Services counsellor a 10/10 for professionalism!! As well as this, all 10 said they would recommend our AOD service to others.
“Awesome service and need more places like this helping our people.”
“Please keep up the good work. I have learnt a lot about my drinking and me.”
“Best counselling I’ve had in my sessions which I think helped a lot.”
Addiction Services - Aronui Art Therapy
The general consensus from comments gathered in a survey about our new Aronui – Art Therapy Programme is that clients would like it to be extended!
Participants of the group who responded to a survey agree the group was well facilitated and relevant, and they valued the opportunity to be involved in the programme.
“Would like the programme to be longer. Enjoy and appreciate the trust in the room. Has helped me recognise that I’m not the only person going through this.”
“This programme was really great – something for us to look forward to each week. Great way to learn about ourselves. I found it very productive. My only criticism is that it needs to go for longer – it’s a shame it’s finished now. More of the same please thank you.”
“Yes I liked it, made me think, wish it could have been longer.”
Pictured: Natasha Barrett and her daughter Sharni Te Rangi Edwards.
Specialist Facilitation Services manager Natasha Barrett is passionate about her role and looks forward to the progression of restorative justice.
The mother of four, who attended Otago University and achieved a bachelor in social and community work, started working as a restorative justice coordinator at Nga Kete in 2011 and began her manager position in May last year.
Natasha is passionate about her role.
“I love that it gives victims and offenders an opportunity to meet in a facilitated environment that is out of the court setting. It enables both to restore and resolve and move forward.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing it grow and having a more positive effect on our community.”
Outside of work Natasha enjoys spending time with her family and supporting her children in their sport and kapa haka.
Te Whare Tu, Te Whare Ora 2016
The theme for this year’s Te Whare Tu, Te Whare Ora kapa haka event was Manaaki Tangata – a call to action to strengthen a strong cultural identity in the prevention of suicide.
Te Whare Tu, Te Whare Ora was held on Friday to celebrate marae, iwi or tribal groups, Maori organisations, agencies and wider communities. Community relationships, whanau and iwi connections are expressed in the medium of Maori performing arts.
Leoma Tawaroa, Kia Piki te Ora – Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator of Nga Ketesays suicide is a complex and serious issue for all populations and the Southland region is no exception.
“The ‘silent issue’ of suicide is now beyond the point of discussion. This is a call to action for organisations, agencies, workplaces and communities to stand together, become informed and partner up to find meaningful and appropriate solutions for whanau and communities.”
Leoma Tawaroa says every year approximately 500 people in New Zealand take their own lives, with many more attempting suicide or experiencing levels of distress that places them at high risk of suicide.
“Across all sectors and all levels from council to the local marae it is important to work together to advocate and influence meaningful and positive change for individuals, whanau and communities,” she says.
Maria Colligan-Haggart has been appointed service manager of the Southern Stop Smoking Service and started her new position today.
Maria is a mother of three who enjoys the outdoors, baking, and working with crystals.
She has a background in health including nursing and several years experience in management, most recently working as service manager at IDEA Services, which provides disability support services.
She is looking forward to a new and exciting challenge, she says.
Passionate youth worker and family man Mark Tuapou has today joined our Whanau Ora team.
Mark comes to us with 10 years experience in community services and holds a Diploma in Youth Work and Certificate in Social Services. He has previously worked in residential care, at Child Youth and Family, the YMCA, and was most recently working with Youth Service at Southland Community College.
Mark is looking forward to his new role as a Taitamariki / Ora Navigator, the opportunity to work closely with individuals and whanau to support their different needs.
Outside of work Mark enjoys spending time with his partner, their two children.
Davina Mackley has accepted a new role within the Southern Stop Smoking Services.
Davina has commenced in the position of Communication Admin/Profiler, and is looking forward to a new challenge within the organisation.
"I'm very excited because whanau health is something dear to me. I'm looking forward to being involved in a Southern wide team working towards a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025, and being a part of the bigger picture."
Davina’s role moving forward will consist of:
Communication/Admin: This role will be to support the Southern Stop Smoking service Coaches in their delivery to the Southern wide clients by managing the receipting of all referrals, ensuring Coaches have relevant supplies of product for clients and material that reflects the service e.g. posters, promotional goods and banners. Refer to page 5 for our referral process.
Profiler: To coordinate Southern Wide representation at annual expos and events which will service to profile the Southern Stop Smoking Service and encourage people to stop smoking.
Teina Wilmshurst, who has been a part of our team here at Nga Kete for 16 years, will continue on in a stop smoking coach role.
Teina, originally from Marlborough, started a smoking cessation coach role 10 years ago after having been a client of the service herself.
The mother and grandmother loves her job and can't wait to get started in her new role.
"What motivates me is being able to see the changes people make and being part of that."
Barbara Metzger, who has been a part of the smoking cessation team here at Nga Kete for 10 years, will continue on in a stop smoking site coach role.
Barbara, who has a special interest in safe pregnancy, enjoys her role and looks forward to getting started in her new position.
What motivates her in the role is seeing people become free from the addiction of nicotine, and gain the confidence, health, money, choices, and freedom that come with it, she says.
"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.