As we come to that time when we are having a break for the year, we thought we would share a little bit about how we work collaboratively with our co-design rōpū. In this blog, Stella Black gives a little insight from our last hui.

Some of our co-design rōpū: Dave Burnside, Katey Thom, Martin Burke, Rob Tua, Jess Hastings, Warren Brookbanks, Khylee Quince, Tracey Cannon, Shane White

It was great to finally hui kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (meet face-to-face) with our He Ture Kia Tika co-design whānau at Hoani Waititi marae. It certainly has been a strange year but having the opportunity for whanaungatanga, enjoying laughter and kai together before we got into the kaupapa was timely.

The research team spoke of the immense privilege they have had in meeting with 29 whānau participants (17 male, 11 female) from all over Aotearoa. Each pūrākau (story) has been insightful; hearing about peoples lived experiences of the health, social and criminal justice systems of what has/has not worked and who have been key supports in those journeys. As a rōpū, we discussed the common challenges that were faced, the countless strategies utilised, and the diverse paths taken by each to achieving whānau ora (wellbeing). We were left feeling exhilarated by our involvement in this kaupapa and are excited to continue developing this work by transforming these solution focused approaches into digital resources with some of our whānau and hapori participants.

We are still interested in hearing more stories from wāhine/females who have lived experiences of mental health, addictions, incarceration, or involvement in the criminal justice system. If you would like to participate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Meri Kirihimete me te hape Nū Ia (e kī ana te Pākehā) ki ngā iwi, hapū, whānau katoa. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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