From Murihiku to Whakatū, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu kaimahi were privileged to spend time connecting kanohi ki te kanohi this week. Just as Whānau Ora Navigators work closely with whānau to understand where they want to go, we must also nourish our incredible network of people who make Whānau Ora possible.
There were three inductions for new Whānau Ora Navigators this week, in Murihiku, Whakatū and Tokomairiro as well as a Mana Tāne wānanga in Rangiora. Gina-Lee, Toihi and Mihi Rose were also in Hokitika to meet with a large number of whānau who were keen to seek support for their Wave 17 applications.
It is always humbling to be welcomed by whānau, hear their stories and see so many people dedicating their time to support whānau to thrive. The magic of seeing whānau creating and walking new paths, and exercising their rangatiratanga, is a beautiful reminder of our why.
On Tuesday we were joined in the tari by Erica Viedma, Founder and Director of Mindfulness in Schools, Ōtautahi. Erica is a passionate advocate for mindfulness as a tool to support wellbeing.
What is mindfulness? Erica explained that it can mean different things to different people, but summed it up as a natural state that we can access by exploring ways of focusing our attention to find focus, clarity of mind, reduce stress and increase connection to others.
During the session, kaimahi were introduced to a few different ways to practice mindfulness, including breath work, gentle movement (no gym gear needed!) and simple meditations. The session was well received and we hope to welcome Erica back for regular sessions.