Kia ora e te whānau

We hope you had a restful holiday season if you were able. We are really stoked to see so many new members to the group! Nau mai, a huge welcome from the team to you all. Our project aims to develop a solution-focused framework to improve outcomes for whānau who experience mental distress and/or addictions while in the criminal justice system. You can read more about our kaupapa here.

Since our last update, we have gifted back a few pūrākau / stories to whānau who participated in our rangahau. Packaged carefully, we aim to create memorable stories of journeys towards whānau ora and stopping offending for our whānau to safekeep. Today, we include Dave Burnside’s reflections on these moments to give you insights into this important aspect of our rangahau.


“It was fantastic to meet with the awesome Jason Kumar recently to hand over his inspiring story of recovery. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe Jason for the amazing work that you do in the consumer sector, supporting tangata whaiora in their journey to wellbeing. Thank you so much for being part of this research and sharing with us.” 


“Before Christmas, I had the opportunity to gift back Roy’s amazing story of recovery. We thank Roy for taking part in our research. Roy has been working in the north with Ngati Hine Health Trust, specialising in working with youth, since COVID-19 hit Aotearoa, and is currently looking forward to getting back to what he loves most, fishing and diving and sharing the message of recovery.”


“It was great to meet up with Brendon from the Anti P Ministry to gift back his pūrakau story of recovery. It is a story of resilience and strength in the face of adversity and is so helpful for our research efforts. Brendon continues his work in the fight against methamphetamine through the Anti P Ministry, with over 8,000 members nationwide and including walk-in clinics across the country. Brendon has again been nominated in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the year awards after being shortlisted last year as well. The team at He Ture Kia Tika are proud to be associated with Brendon and the work of the Anti P Ministry.”

We consider these to be an absolute taonga and have felt privileged to hear and write all of our whānau stories.

If you would like to get in touch with us please feel free to use the form below, or message us via our Facebook page. We look forward to progress this kaupapa positively throughout 2022!

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