Hākinakina is a two hour weekly programme of Te Tapa Tinana: physical exercise and fitness, and other activities aimed at improving the physical well-being of Tāngata Whaiora. Healthy body, healthy mind.
Games and activities include touch rugby, netball, volleyball, walking netball, circuit training as well as traditional Māori games.
Tāngata Whaiora are empowered to take on leadership roles within each event or activity.
Mauri Tau is a cultural based programme to encourage pride, self esteem and enable confidence in mātauranga Māori. It runs each week for two hours and includes a karakia, waiata a ringa, waiata moteatea, waiata tautoko, haka and oruorua whakaoriori (a Maori adaptation of tai chi). It offers an opportunity for each of our some 120 Tāngata Whaiora to interact with each other and with staff. The Mauri Tau programme ends each week with a shared lunch.
“Mauri nui, mauri roa, mauri tau, ā, tihei wā mauri ora ki te whēiao, ki te ao marama!”
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What is also important in the delivery of Mauri Tau is that Tāngata Whaiora are also digitally included and connected especially during a restrictive Covid 19 environment. We make sure that Tāngata Whaiora keep in touch through a closed Facebook page TKKR-Mauri Tau and that they have the necessary devices through smart phones (below) thanks to the Ministry of Health and public health provider, Hāpai Te Hauora. Ngā mihi ki te Manatū me Te Hāpai Hauora hoki. Pai mutunga.
Te Tau Huripoki
Te Tau Huripoki means to "turn the soil". It is a service initiative funded by Te Rau Ora as part of the Post Covid-19 funding. The aim is to empower Tāngata Whaiora to clear, clean and maintain their residences and gardens and to build skills, motivation, routines, independence and sustainability for themselves, whānau and their communities.
We have observed a level of rubbish, hoarding and disorder of the homes of our Tāngata Whaiora built up over the seven week period of Covid lockdown. While they have remained safe and supported, there was a loss of self-motivation around maintaining their outside surroundings and an inability to undertake work around rubbish removal and maintenance. This build up and clutter is detrimental to their mental health. Tāngata Whaiora need guidance and motivation to clean and maintain their residences and gardens post Covid lockdown and to engage in healthy physical work routines.
Our approach was to employ a kaiāwhina, Sonny Wade, with tools and equipment to work alongside Tāngata Whaiora to clear and remove rubbish from their residences and to set them on a pathway of physical work routines so's as to maintain and sustain themselves. This includes mowing lawns, clearing overgrowth and setting up new gardens and composting in preparation for spring planting. Our Ngā Parirau Team also focus on boosting hygiene and infection control.
The tools and equipment we have is a shared resource for those Tāngata Whaiora that cannot afford to hire or purchase equipment to maintain their residences. We believe Tāngata Whaiora want to be resilient, independent and house proud.
A big mihi to Te Rau Ora for their support.
Te Kōtuku was a lead provider for Kaimanaaki, a short term contract over the post Covid period funded by Waitematā DHB. We established a mobile social work team to home visit and check on up to 23 whānau who were having some difficulty after lockdown. The service included an assessment, access to training, food parcels and a small pūtea to purchase basic food and other items for the household. The service had a strong whānau ora approach and we targeted those high need whānau and families in Mt Roskill, Pt Chavalier, Bockhouse Bay, Kingsland, Avondale, Rosebank, Kelston and Massey.
Every year, Te Kōtuku take our Tāngata Whaiora away on a noho marae. This gives them the opportunity to learn and practice their tikanga and cultural skills, work in a marae setting preparing their meals, have some fun with planned activities and enjoying some kōrero and history of the marae and rohe with the hau kainga.
Karakia is an important part of Te tapa wairua and inextricably linked to mental and physical health and well-being. Karakia is part of the tikanga of Te Kōtuku Ki Te Rangi in terms of pōwhiri, meetings, hui, tangihanga, having kai and on other occasions. Tāngata Whaiora learn and perform karakia at Mauri Tau, at noho, in their households on a day to day basis, and a full karakia session is held together, once a month. Karakia uses both Christian based and tūturu Māori based prayers and karakia.