This week the Waitaha NavNation added another duty to their list of responsibilities: picking up their wellness packs from Pokapū Kai for distribution to the whānau they support.
Over the week 42 Navigators from 25 partners, marae and rūnanga each received 50 wellbeing packs.
We also had Māori TV here to see our response to Omicron for whānau in the community with the mahi with Navigators and Pokapū Kai distributing kai to them.
Kete Whānau-Kete Oranga is the kaupapa run by Te Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu Trust Board through the support of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.
Whānau wellbeing kits will be created and assembled for the many whānau impacted by Omicron. The kits will see specific already existing resources including the Planning and Preparation for Omicron booklet, which together with other health and hygiene resources and provisions will be the contents of the wellbeing kits. These kits will be distributed amongst the Kāhui Minita – the Ministry teams and their whānau throughout Te Waipounamu.
This week we caught up with one of our Wave 14 recipients, Isley Tipene of Rukuwai Collective – pictured below with her contract advisor Nathan Tau. She gave us an update on a recent three-day wāhine wellness wānanga. Held in Ngāi Kuia whenua in Pelorus/Te Hoiere Awa on 4-6 March, it was targeted at wāhine who were seeking assistance around healing trauma. Inspired by Isley’s own journey, the wānanga sought to give wāhine new tools, connections and guidance to take home in order to start creating a new journey. It was about releasing hara, and reclaiming their mana.
Several different speakers shared their mātauranga with the rōpū, including Isley as a diving instructor, another wāhine who led some Kundalini Yoga practices, and another who led a session on mau rākau. These and several other workshops had a huge impact on attendees, and overall the wānanga was more successful than Isley had ever imagined. To maintain the momentum, she is in the process of organising the next wānanga which will continue the focus on diving and mau rākau.