On 11 June, Aroā opened the doors to wāhine mā who were due or overdue to receive their regular cervical screening. This was the first of many events that will be offered through the newly revitalised Aroā funding stream.
Our intention was to create a warm and welcoming space for wāhine Māori to ask any questions and receive their smear without the nervousness and uncertainty they might experience at the GP or another clinic.
The day was a huge success, with wāhine warmly welcomed into our space here at Te Whenua Taurikura. They were met by amazing wahine toa Tiria, the Māori nurse who was here to perform the smear tests. We were stoked to see how many wāhine registered for the event and showed up on the day – it is great to see the strong outreach and interest in clinics that provide a safe space for wāhine Māori to seek advice and support. We have received some amazing feedback that we have shared below. A huge mihi to He Waka Tapu, Screen South and the support of #smearyour mea, and of course to the amazing, Nurse Tiria. The next event will be held on 2 July 2022, and are currently taking registrations for the waitlist here.
Over the past few years we have been proud to support the whānau at Hale Compound Conditioning (HCC), who do an amazing job encouraging whānau Māori to stay active and healthy. Most recently, Hale Compound Conditioning has been part of the Tama Ora kaupapa, running a weightlifting programme that provides opportunities to rangatahi to get involved with the sport. Rangatahi Tāwera Tū not only provides free training, it also offers a pick up/drop off services to make sure rangatahi can get to the gym, and provides rangatahi with kai before they head home.
Last weekend, the South Island Weightlifting Championships were held at the HCC gym and the rangatahi were able to put their training to the test. At the end of the weekend, the HCC Barbell Club were proud to celebrate youth champion Miriana for her 55kg lift, bronze medallist Ali with a 67kg lift, second place youth Morehu with 102kg and 12 year old Bailee for a second and third place. Coach Manu Hale said: “We earned this…started on a rākau and now we are here. Walk, talk, train and eat like champions.”
At the end of April, the amazing team behind Hopewalk led yet another successful event, bringing together whānau and community after last year’s event was postponed due to pandemic restrictions. This incredible event aims to bring awareness to suicide and promote prevention, and it is always a beautiful opportunity to connect with others for an extremely important cause.
Whānau showed up early to help the team set up, starting the day on a beautiful note in an intimate setting where everyone felt safe to be vulnerable and transparent. Many tears were shed, hugs were shared and the event was full of laughter and dancing, with most leaving the event feeling energised and hopeful rather than heavy and sad.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was proud to support this event and to share some of this feedback submitted to the event organisers.
“Attending HopeWalk has been a massive part in our coping with suicide and associated issues… when you attend one of these events, you are loved, supported, understood and encouraged to be vulnerable, simply because, it’s ok to not be ok and ask for help. Hope Walk is exactly that, it’s a ray of light at the end of a very dark tunnel.”
“I feel like it is a great way to bring different communities together to share past pain experiences, trials and tribulations, and how each individual used a different method to overcome past trauma and pain in a safe space, in turn allows people to learn, grow and heal in a setting that resonates with my favourite module Te Whare Tapa Whā.”