June 2023

In this month's pānui, we share stories from our regular Kaumatua Kuia sessions, the Te Aka Whai Ora Hui and many more. We also surprised our team with a visit from Jason Gunn! Pānuitia mai e te iwi.
“Kia tū tika ai Te Whare tapu o Ngāpuhi” May the sacred house of Ngāpuhi always stand firm.

Ka Tika te Kōrero

Tēnā koutou katoa,

This will be a monthly pānui to share with you what we do to serve Ngāpuhi whānau and the wider community within the boundaries of Te Whare tapu o Ngāpuhi and beyond.

You will find the following in this pānui:

  • Te Rōpū Kaumātua Kuia o Ngāpuhi
  • Te Aka Whai Ora Hui
  • Jason Gunn Presentation
  • Whānau Resilience Symposium
  • Diamond Daniella Smith Fundraiser
  • First Home Grant with Kainga Ora
  • Battle of the Bands

We would love to hear your suggestions on how Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi can collaborate with other services to better support the communities hauora. Please send your feedback to kevin.leia@thoon.org.nz.

Whānau voice is important to us! Do you have any feedback you can share?

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We look forward to staying connected with you.

Te Rōpū Kaumātua Kuia o Ngāpuhi

We love our Kaumātua Kuia sessions, they're always filled with lots of katakata and big smiles!

These sessions run every fortnight on a Wednesday, the sessions focus on an array of different kaupapa such as waiata or korikori tinana, but the main thing is connecting with our Kaumātua Kuia o Ngāpuhi.

All these sessions are free, so nau mai haere mai. Keep an eye out on our page or Te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi for details.

Special mihi to our superstar Ruby and our THOON team for all the mahi and aroha that you put in!

Te Aka Whai Ora Hui

Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi were thrilled to attend a very special huihuinga of hauora Māori partners, Iwi Chief Executives and Social service leads, to discuss Taitokerau regional priorities, progress and partnerships.        

Ka nui ngā mihi ki Te Tai Tokerau Kaunihera Kaumātua, Council of Elders for the opportunity to kōrero together.

In attendance: Te Aka Whai Ora: Chief Executive - Riana Manuel, DCE Public and Population Health - Selah Hart, DCE Service Development - Jade Sewell, Northern Regional Director - Tracee Te Huia, Mātauranga Māori Principal Advisor - Teei Kaiaruna and Director Te Tai Tokerau - Peter Thomas.

Huhana Lyndon, Riana Manuel with our CEO Tia Ashby
Rubena + Geoff Milner, Eriata Peri, Tracee Te Huia, Peter Thomas + Whaea Moe Milne.

Jason Gunn Presentation

Last week was one for the books! We surprised our amazing team with an unforgettable presentation by the incredible Jason Gunn. The room was buzzing with excitement as we soaked up tons of valuable insights and had an absolute blast! The training session was focused on heartfelt communication, effective media behaviour, and communicating with confidence.

H - Heart

E - Empathy

A - Authenticity

R - Reassurance

T - Tell a story

Thank you, Jason, for an awesome experience that will stay with us forever!

Whānau Resilience Symposium

The Brown Table is a collective of leaders from Tai Tokerau Māori and Pacific organisations working in Social Health to address domestic violence at a regional level in Northland.

The group meets quarterly to discuss data and insights from their individual organisational experiences. Their focus on Whānau Resilience aims to create strong, resilient communities where whānau are supported to live violence-free and to eliminate violence for the next generation.

Whānau Resilience is led by whānau voice and community needs, and it is a shift from a nationally designed and delivered model to a regionally designed and delivered model.

The Brown Table initiative ensures that whānau have access to the right support when they need them, as provided by the individual organisations offering Whānau Resilience across Te Tai Tokerau. The group comprises eight Tai Tokerau providers who are leaders and champions of Whānau Resilience for Tai Tokerau.

A big mihi to the Brown Table team for coordinating a magnificent symposium that shines a light on solutions to address this important kaupapa.

Diamond Daniella Smith Fundraiser

Our team would like to express our gratitude to the amazing organisers of the successful fundraiser for Diamond Daniella Smith, Aotearoa's professional boxer from Kaikohe.

Your leadership in bringing the community together to support this kaupapa is truly commendable, and we are honoured to have been a part of it.

We appreciate the opportunity to support this initiative and uplift our locals. It was inspiring to see the community come together and contribute towards such a worthy cause! The commitment to our hapori and our rangatahi is admirable, and we look forward to collaborating on future initiatives.

First Home Grant with Kainga Ora

At Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi, we believe that everyone deserves a safe and secure home, and we're proud to work with partners like Kainga Ora who share our commitment to making that a reality.

In late April, our team had a great time chatting with the Kainga Ora team about the First Home Grant! It was an informative and productive kōrero about the opportunities this program can provide to help our whānau achieve their dream of homeownership.

Battle of the Bands

During May, our team here at Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi and Te Rūnanga ā-Iwi ō Ngāpuhi came together to showcase their talents in Battle of the Bands! Each team/department was tasked to perform a waiata (song), dance and skit.

We had nurses in wheelchairs, crazy wigs, cowboys and cowgirls, construction workers, Beyonce, and the Backstreet Boys who filled the Hub with roaring laughter.

Well done to all the rōpū who participated, even those who tried to bribe Matua Fred & Whaea Rawyn with "koha aroha".

Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi Infrastructure/Kainga team led by their manager Raymon Ashby.
Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi Back Office with Tahi Tait in the hot seat.
From left to right: Ruby Dalton and Waitai Tau.
From left to right: Matua Fred Sadler our Pou Arahi, Whaea Rawyn and Karen Kaka.
From left to right: Harmony Johnson and Medina Davis from Te Runanga A Iwi o Ngāpuhi.
Our clinical receptionist, Shayne Rurehe, teamed up with our Family Start whānau to help deliver their skit.


Introducing Tasmyn McQueen

Service Delivery Manager for the Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi Call centre team in Kaikohe. Tasmyn McQueen shares her role in helping whānau through COVID-19. “I want them to be well informed, where they can go, who they can go to, and to make good decisions for themselves based on the right information.”


Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata

Here is a quick snippet of one of Jay Hepi's session with the Paiheretia whānau.