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Hei Whakapiki Mauri Newsletter: September 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, disabilities, support, maori

Hei Whakapiki Mauri.Welcome to the first Hei Whakapiki Mauri newsletter for kaitautoko.

Our kaupapa has now been running for one year and we wanted to inform you about the successes of the whānau working with us. We are also looking forward to partnering with other whanau ora initiatives and organisations to run events and offer opportunities to Māori with disabilities and their whānau.

Read below on what we've achieved so far and how you can get involved.

Ngā mihi nui,
Ruth Jones and Gary Williams

About Hei Whakapiki Mauri

Some of the Hei Whakapiki Mauri team: Navigator Waikura, Kaiwhakahaere Ruth, Assistant Aimee and Administrator Shireen.We started this initiative to raise the mauri of disabled Māori and whānau and to give them the knowledge and confidence to awhi each other to be Māori first.

We offer whānau hui on a range of topics, decided by the whānau we work with. Recently these hui have included yoga sessions, Te Reo workshops and healthy kai hui. All of our hui have a Māori focus, not a disability one. They're about connecting and being with each other - whakawhanaungatanga is the most important thing.

Our team has grown in recent months to include a Navigator. Waikura works kanohi ki te kanohi with whānau, providing practical on-the-ground support with life's challenges and mentoring support to give whānau a boost in the right direction to achieve their goals and dreams. Examples of Waikura's mahi include creating a PATH plan for a young woman looking to go to university and helping a kaumatua into a new whare.

Read about how Waikura supported May and her whānau in her role as Whānau Ora Navigator.

Thanks to the supporters of Hei Whakapiki Mauri

We would not be where we are today without the support of many wonderful organisations and people. To name a few:

Get involved with Hei Whakapiki Mauri

We will be sending out a quarterly update about our kaupapa to keep you up-to-date on the latest news from now on. Keep reading for information about our upcoming hui, opportunities to partner with Hei Whakapiki Mauri and for stories about the awesome whānau we are lucky to work with.

Events and opportunities

Success with Te Pūtahitanga Whanau Ora funding

Te Pūtahitanga.Hei Whakapiki Mauri successfully received a second round of funding from Te Pūtahitanga recently. We are humbled and deeply thankful to the team for recognising our kaupapa's success so far and for continuing to fund our important mahi with whānau. We are now looking at ways to make our work sustainable so that we can awhi Māori with disabilities and whānau long term. This may involve establishing a Hei Whakapiki Mauri Charitable Trust.

Te Pūtahitanga are now advertising their Wave 7 funding. If you or someone you know have an idea that could benefit whānau, take a look at the:

Ways to partner with us and support whānau

We've partnered with a range of other whanau ora initiatives and businesses to run events including yoga workshops, pamper days for caregivers and healthy kai education.

Contact Ruth if you have an idea that could benefit whānau and want to partner with us (ruth[at]

Harnessing the energy of spring to create a brighter future

Karl Waretini.What's your dream for the future in your mahi or with your whānau? Karl Waretini from Ati Hanui A Paparangi believes that with passion and purpose, anything is possible! Come along, define what's important to you and pursue those goals!

Date and Time: Sunday 17th September 2017, from 2 to 4pm.
Location: Beckenham Service Centre (66 Colombo Street).

All whānau with a Māori family member with a disability can take part. All support people welcome.

RSVP your attendance to Ruth by Friday 15th September (

Learn more about Karl Waretini.

Transforming the disability support system

The transformation of the disability support system is under way. SAMS facilitators will korero about the changes:

  • what they'll mean for whānau,
  • how we can prepare, and
  • how whānau can contribute to and be part of the change.

All whānau welcome.

Date and Time: Friday 13th October 2017, from 10am to 3pm.
Location: TBC (Christchurch).

RSVP your attendance to Ruth (ruth[at]

Find out more about SAMS.

Find out more about the transformation of the disability support system on the Enabling Good Lives website.

Whānau success stories

Accessible yoga

Participants at an accessible yoga session.Whānau got out of their comfort zones and tried out yoga with Letesha from Yoga Warriors.

We then enjoyed smoothies and kai from Soul Full Superfoods.

The day was a hit so we have more yoga classes to come before Christmas.

Pamper day for caregivers

To celebrate those who support and care for whānau, we hosted a pamper day for parents and caregivers on Saturday 29th July.

Thanks to Shelley at The Therapy Room and whānau member Tamara for her beautiful products.

Keep up to date with whānau achievements and details of our hui on:

Hei Whakapiki Mauri
Kanohi ki te Kanohi Consultancy
7 Blair Avenue

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