Turaukawa crowned Māori Trainee of the Year

Turaukawa crowned Māori Trainee of the Year

21 August 2017

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Youth AOD - INTact youth worker/counsellor Turaukawa Bartlett was crowned Māori Trainee of the Year at the Careerforce Training Excellence Awards in Wellington this month.

The awards are an opportunity to recognise and reward dedicated people who show commitment to training, a desire to improve in their role and contribute to their communities.

The categories included Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Māori Trainee of the Year and Pasifika Trainee of the Year, as well as the Workforce Development Employer of the Year award for the organisation, company or business that offers exceptional training to Careerforce trainees and apprentices.

Turaukawa was the first apprentice in New Zealand to complete the National Apprenticeship in Mental Health and Addictions.

Careerforce’s Chief Executive Ray Lind says there was an extremely high calibre of applicants for this year’s Training Excellence Awards.

 “It was a tremendous honour to read through the many applications from trainees and apprentices across New Zealand, an extremely difficult challenge to narrow these down to finalists and ultimately, the winners,” he says.

 “The winners have all been chosen because of their commitment to training, their own professional development and the wonderful contributions they have made to their workplaces and communities,” he says.

Turaukawa provides school and community-based AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) education and leadership programmes in the Hauraki rohe, centred on mana enhancement and the strengthening of whānau and community resiliency.

He says the award represents hope for all whānau, particularly Māori, to view education as a pathway to personal, whānau and community transformation and he will continue to provide the inspiration and tools to help them achieve those goals.

 “I aspire to be in a position where I can inspire more whānau; particularly rangatahi to becoming the leaders they truly are,” he says.

Careerforce is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the hygiene, health and wellbeing sectors. The ITO supports employers across New Zealand to implement workplace-based training programs so staff can gain nationally-recognised qualifications through on-job training.

The ceremony also included the graduation of 31 of the first ever health and wellbeing apprentices from various workplaces across New Zealand.

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Pare celebrates brighter life as a non-smoker

1 June 2018

Life is looking a lot brighter for Pare Ehrhorn since she gave up smoking nearly two months ago. 

She is saving almost $200 a week, no longer coughs in the morning, her singing voice has returned - along with a renewed confidence to sing - her brain is clearer, she has more energy and she now lives in a smokefree environment.

Pare, 50, says she decided to give up smoking after she had a “gutsful” of seeing the ongoing smoking culture within her own family.  

“My grown up children and husband smoke and my 19-year-old who lives at home and his friend who lives here also smoke.

 “I have grandchildren now and I just wanted to change the culture of our whole home.”

She says she wouldn’t have been able to quit without the backing of her whānau who have shown their support by not smoking within the family property.

“If they want a smoke, they leave the property to have one.”

She says this makes her feel well supported, respected and that they value her health.

And the bonus of having a smokefree home is that her whānau have also reduced their cigarette intake.

Pare decided to quit smoking after being introduced to the six-week Stop Smoking programme offered by Hauraki health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.

The service offers free nicotine replacement therapy, one-to-one or group support as well as a monetary incentive.

 “I’m just grateful they have that service for the public,” Pare says. “And you can also check your carbon monoxide levels on a weekly basis to monitor yourself - you’re in charge, and can see your progress.” 

Pare knows there will likely be challenges ahead – she has been there before, having previously given up smoking for 15 years until three years ago when a personal trauma saw her reach for the cigarettes again. 

But she is all about moving forward, not backwards, and, while she says that stressful situations can always be a challenge, she hopes she now has the tools to see her through.

She is excited about her future, and the fact there are more positives on the horizon than negatives.

“I can see a future and it also makes me feel warm and fuzzy that we can offer to help our kids out if they need it financially.”

She encourages those who want to give up smoking to just try and give it a go.

“It can be about the timing, so if it doesn’t work this time, just keep trying, don’t give up. 

“And surround yourself with the right people that can support you.” 

 Do you want to stop smoking?  You can STOP Once and for All with our FREE six-week programme includes support and nicotine replacement therapy to help you Stop Smoking in a gradual way. 

If you are Smokefree four weeks after your Quit Date, you will receive a $50 voucher. If you are pregnant and still Smokefree after your Quit Date, you will receive up to $300 in vouchers.

Contact: Melena or Jodi - 07 868 0033;

World Smokefree Day was yesterday, May 31.

Caption: PARE EHRHORN, 50, right, from Thames, celebrates two months as a non-smoker with her Stop Smoking support person, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga/Service Manager – Public and Community Health Services. Debbie Petersen-Pilcher.

Kaumātua Olympics 2018

21 May 2018

Age will prove no barrier for the 160 kaumātua coming together later this month for the fourth bi-annual Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Kaumātua Olympics.

Hot on the heels of the Commonwealth Games and the Winter Olympics, kaumātua from as far afield as Taranaki will compete for their equivalent of the gold, silver and bronze medals – the prestigious Marutūahu,  Moehau and Te Aroha taonga -  all designed by Darin Jenkins (Ngāti Tama-te-rā) and carved by Joseph Ihaia (Rangitihi / Ngāi Tūhoe).

While the competition might be fierce, the walls of the Silver Ferns Farm Centre in Te Aroha will likely resound to the sound of music, laughter, chatter and lost marbles as kaumātua tackle all manner of games from corn toss and memory to cups and the much-loved Noodle Hockey.

Kaumātua programme services co-ordinator Hariata Adams says the event upholds Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki vision of Hauraki as a Healthy Nation and their values of Whanaungatanga, Manākitanga and Kotahitanga – working alongside and caring for each other. 

“It is about Whānau Ora and ensuring we provide services that wrap around our whānau, support their aspirations toward wellness and build upon our vision for Hauraki to be a healthy nation,” she says.

“We want out kaumātua to know that there is life outside of the house and TV and that they can get out and do things in the community.” 

The first Kaumātua Olympics was held in Thames in 2012, then in Whangamāta in 2014 and Paeroa in 2016. This year, 16 teams of 10  will converge on Te Aroha from Taranaki (4), Maniapoto (3), Hamilton (2), Tauranga and Tokoroa (1 each) and Hauraki rohe (5).

Kaumātua will have one physical game followed by a quiet game such as Memory or cup stacking or even a cup of tea so they can have a rest in between.

The day will begin with a Powhiri at 9am followed by a team March Past, with warmdown at 1.30pm and prizegiving at 2pm.

What: Kaumātua Olympics

Where: Silver Ferns Farm Centre

44 Stanley Street

Te Aroha

When: Thursday, May 31

Time: 9am – 3pm

Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.




Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.


Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.


Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.

Tamariki Ora/Well Child - reaching those important milestones

23 April 2018

Raising a baby can be a wonderful experience, but at times it can be daunting and overwhelming – even more so when you’re a young mum.

At 18, Zariah Timothy is mum to Mataira Timothy-Gillett, who, at four months old, is thriving on her whānau and young mum’s aroha.

But, regardless of age and whānau support, new mums still need reassurance that their babies are reaching all their milestones and that they have access to the appropriate health services and checks that set the foundation for their lifelong health and wellbeing.

Tamariki Ora Well Child is a Ministry of Health initiative offering a series of health assessments, immunisation education and support services for children and their families from birth to five years. The programme is delivered to 645 children throughout Hauraki rohe by health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.

It also includes health promotion activities and is an important gateway for parents to access primary and specialist health care, education and social services.

Tamariki Ora Well Child nurse visits can start at birth or at six weeks, depending on the midwife’s referral. 

Registered nurse Krista Harries has been visiting Mataira in her own home since she was six weeks old. While mums can also opt to take their babies to a clinic, Zariah, from Thames, appreciates the convenience of not having to take her baby out of the house when it’s time for her check-ups.

“Keeping baby in her own home keeps her happy and settled during the visits and makes Krista’s visits a little easier,” she says.

Zariah also enjoys the “whānau-based approach” Tamariki Ora Well Child offers.

“When Krista comes, it’s almost like a friend coming to visit baby and me, not just a nurse,” she says.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Manager of Oranga o te Tangata (Public Health and Health Promotion Services) Debbie Petersen-Pilcher says Tamariki Ora Well Child also works closely with other services to support families where needed.

“It is about whānau ora and ensuring we provide services that wrap around our whānau, support their aspirations toward wellness and build upon our vision for Hauraki to be a healthy nation,” she says.




Let's talk about mental health

10 April 2018

Those who have experienced mental health and /or addiction issues or who know or support someone who has, have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences in a series of hui around the Hauraki and Waikato rohe designed to ensure people get the right support when they want and need it.

Five “Let’s Talk About What Matters to You” hui will be held in Ngātea, Colville, Coromandel, Te Aroha and Paeroa this month. The hui are run by the Waikato District Health Board in conjunction with Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, and will help guide the new direction of mental health and addiction services in the Hauraki and Waikato rohe.

Mental health services don’t always meet the needs of the people they are intended to help and the hui will enable people to have a say in their own and their loved ones’ futures. 

For more information, or to register your interest to attend, contact Fiona Wasiolek 07 868 0033; or Jennifer Ashman 07 839 8899 ext 97409 or email

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