During a series of hui in 2015, Māori with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions from around the motu came together to share their aspirations for a National voice for Māori to improve Māori Health outcomes. From these hui, Te Kete Pounamu was formed.
The objectives of Te Kete Pounamu are:
- To influence change and improvements for whaiora Māori through active leadership, mentorship, and advocacy.
- To Influence service delivery at local, regional, and national levels to provide services that are meaningful and promote Pae ora (wellbeing) for Maori.
- To address issues of stigma and discrimination.
- To support and strengthen local, regional, national, and international indigenous networks associated with the perspectives of whaiora Māori.
In Feb 2016, eleven representatives from around the motu were supported to hold regular hui for whaiora Māori in their local/regional rohe to kōrero about the issues and challenges within the sector, to wānanga solutions, and share their aspirations.
Regular Te Kete Pounamu hui across the motu from Kaikohe to Ōtepoti have resulted in opportunities for whaiora Maori to provide feedback and input at local, regional, and national levels including presenting to the Government Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Panel.
Three key themes have been present at all hui:
- Increased opportunities for solutions that align with Te Ao Māori.
- The need to end the use of restrictive practices.
- Increased opportunities for peer support.
Te Kete Pounamu has also provided an opportunity for the development of regional initiative including Tūmata Kokiritia - A change management strategy. The framework from Tūmata Kokiritia will be delivered by local and regional representatives of Te Kete Pounamu to create change and advocate for Māori solutions to specific challenges within their rohe.
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