June 2013: Kaumātua (both koroua and kuia) working closely with their kaimahi to address issues of their mokopuna who are struggling at school have been successful in organising an iwi meeting to discuss what is happening with whānau and how these issues are affecting tamariki and importantly how to move forward.
Recently Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao was able to support a child and their whānau who had issues at school but who also had a passion for horses. This child was recently accepted into a training programme on a stud farm in Cambridge.
Another child with behaviour issues responded so well to support from the kaimahi to the extent that she recently participated in the Manu Kōrero competition. Finally, one of our paeārahi working with a whānau has been instrumental in helping a parent to enter a drug counselling programme as a way of supporting their whānau.
These types of gains are a reminder of how critical the services and programmes delivered by providers in the Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective are to the health and wellbeing of our communities.