Whanaungatanga Hui: Māori Mental Health & Addiction Sector

Te Rau Matatini is privileged to take workforce development opportunities into communities.  Over the last five months, our teams have travelled the motu, fostering the kaupapa of Whanaungatanga with Māori mental health & addiction workforces.  From Kaitaia, Tāmaki Makaurau, Kirikiriroa, Taupo, Te Papaioea, Otautahi, and Waihōpai we have met wonderful people working in their communities.    ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. 

The Whanaungatanga Hui aim to contribute to kotahitanga, whanaungatanga, enhanced professional identity, access to workforce development initiatives while eliciting promising practices.  We have found that each hui has provided the opportunity for the Māori workforces to meet, to gather, to kōrero and to share.  It has encouraged kōrero about the significance of Māori models of practice and Māori navigating the systems across sectors and working in communities to contribute to the recovery of whānau. 

 Some of the highlights and challenges that have emerged are: 

  • The amazing and inspiring practices happening in communities
  • The continual commitment and motivation kaimahi take to make a difference for whānau
  • At the same time, the fine balance kaimahi are juggling with increasing workplace pressures, increasing workloads, and increasing needs in communities.

Our utmost respect to all the kaimahi in the sector, all who are champions!

We acknowledge that belonging to a Māori mental health & addiction profession and sector is integral to the Māori health workforce.  We look forward to future whanaungatanga hui in 2018.  Keep an eye on our events calendar on our website whānau!