We were stoked to hear from Bonnie Tainui and Akshay Shukla from one of our Wave 14 entities Wellnessthatworkz, a kaupapa that supports whānau wellbeing and encourages self-care in all its forms. Bonnie is also a marriage celebrant and works with whānau to celebrate their special day – pictured below. She has recently been completing a certificate in Tikanga in Business through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa which is reinforcing her connection to te ao Māori and her own whakapapa. She has also attended wānanga delivered by her iwi, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and is grateful to Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu for giving her the support and encouragement to learn more about her identity.
Wellnessthatworkz has been supporting the community with focus groups on self-care, as well as distributing COVID-19 packs to community members and the local rugby club.
Floods and heavy rains did not stop our first Navigation Partner regional hui from taking place this week, although several regretful partners were not able to beat the weather and their absence was acknowledged by our Relationship and Engagement Manager Harley Kaihe-Katterns in his mihimihi. This event was the first of many such occasions, intended to bring together our Whānau Ora Navigation Partners across the regions and create opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Whanaungatanga was the highlight of our hui, with activities and games to uplift our spirits as the elements persisted outside. Our Pouwhirinaki Vanessa Whangapiritia said it was a true privilege to be able to strengthen and create new relationships. Our team is looking forward to the next regional engagement hui, to be held in Murihiku on 4 August 2022.
This weekend Health New Zealand is hosting a pop-up collection site in Timaru as part of its Stay Well This Winter campaign. Head down to the carpark of Timaru Hospital on the corner of Queen Street and High Street to collect free rapid antigen tests (RATs) and masks – they will be handing them out between 9am and 1pm on Saturday 30 July.