Te Kotuku Ki Te Rangi encourages healing by offering Tangata Whaiora the opportunity to partake in a range of cultural, sporting and life-affirming activities. Below is just a sample of some of the programmes that Tangata Whaiora have the opportunity to partake in.
This is a programme within Te Kotuku Ki Te Rangi, which aims to encourage pride, self esteem, and confidence in oneself in relation to things Maori.
Staff and Tangata Whaiora from Community and Residential meet weekly for two hours, and participate in karakia (prayer), waiata a ringa (action songs), waiata moteatea (chants), waiata tautoko (songs to accompany whaikorero – speeches), haka, and Oruorua Whakaoriori (Harmony In Motion – A Maori adaptation of Tai Chi). The programme ends with a shared lunch (“Na to rourou, na taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi”).
“Mauri Nui, Mauri Roa, Mauri Tau, Tihee Mauri Ora!”
This programme runs for two hours each week with approximately 30 residential and community Tangata Whaiora opting to attend. Initially the programme focussed on touch rugby but has now expanded to include netball, dance, aerobics and traditional Maori games.
The sports programme is facilitated internally by Te Kotuku Ki Te Rangi staff and concludes each week with a light lunch for all to enjoy.
Te Kotuku Ki Te Rangi has a Kaimahi/Tangata Whaiora netball team who compete with other groups from around the region.
The Mana programme focuses on enhancing the mana of male Tangata Whaiora through arts and crafts. Participants have completed individual art pieces to depict their understanding of mana, produced their own logo, designed t-shirts, made ti rakau and mau rakau, and also completed collective art works. As each participant attends the program an emphasis is placed on them refining their worth in the community and amongst their peers.
These events are for the entire organisation including residential and community Tangata Whaiora, as well as whanau katoa.
Activities and workshops focus on whakapapa, whakatau and kapa haka. Staff nominate Tangata Whaiora from each whare who have improved themselves on their journey to recovery and the winners are presented awards in recognition of their terrific attitude towards themselves, their peers and kaiarahi.