Successes

Turning “cash up in smoke” into a car – Linda’s Quit Story

“I don’t want to die gasping for breath”. At a pack a day, Linda was spending $167 each week on cigarettes. But after joining the Tame Your Taniwha Stop Smoking Challenge late last year to kick-start her stop smoking mission she’s taken just over half that money each week and bought herself a new car to enjoy.“It’s a smoke free car,” she says smiling, “I’m feeling so much better AND I have coin left over.” [caption id="attachment_3458"

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Charlotte succeeds with Janet’s support

CHARLOTTE Boyce (18) is mum place to Mason (2.5) and says her Youth Navigator, Te Kupenga Hauora - Ahuriri’s Janet Groube is, “a bit like a Mum.” Janet and Charlotte have been working together since she was 16. The ex-Taradale High School and Teen Parent Unit student is looking forward to a bright future in the health sector as she starts her studies at EIT this year. [caption id="attachment_3447" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Charlotte

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Helping whānau plan for a stress-free holiday

While the holidays are a time most of us look forward to, the financial hangover and associated stress can really affect whānau wellbeing. Family Start Community Support Worker Megan Wall works with whānau providing  free support to those who are hapū or have tamariki up to 5-years-old. She has started helping them plan their holidays months ago to reduce stress, by sharing simple and effective ideas to ensure that whānau celebration

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‘Choose Life’ helps rangatahi to do just that

“Hearing what those first to the scene of a suicide face. You could have heard a pin drop,” explained Kia Piki te Ora – Suicide Prevention worker Alana Flavell during ‘Choose Life,’ a three-day programme held during Mental Health Awareness Week. [caption id="attachment_3400" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Members of Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri’s Kahui Pakeke group answered questions about surviving life’s ups and downs

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Quit challenge leads to better health and education credits for rangatahi

Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri recently found a willing group of rangatahi (youth) looking to quit smoking. With their guidance, as well as a $50 prezzy card incentive from their tutor Trade and Commerce’s Reuben Waihi, eight students participated in a 4-week challenge that involved measuring their CO (carbon monoxide) levels as they reduced or completely stopped smoking. Stop Smoking Practitioners like Liz Ghio came in to take measurements

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Youth success as twins overcome whānau drama

Former Taradale High School students, 17-year-old twins, Mahalia and Naomi Edwardson are keen to make their mark on the hospitality industry and are in their first semester at the renowned Pacific International Hotel School (PIHMS) in New Plymouth. Both are adamant their journey to the west coast was made possible thanks to advocate and “easiest adult to talk to,” Lynelle Riley, Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri Youth Navigator. [caption

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Ready or Not- Lyneen’s facing the future smokefree

Lyneen Ropiha was a ‘closet smoker’. She was so good at hiding her habit that life-long friends didn’t even know about it. Twice previously she had managed to quit for extended periods but when she lost her Mum in December, to a smoking related illness, she decided this time would be different. [caption id="attachment_3361" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ex ‘closet smoker’ Lyneen Ropiha is focussed on getting back in the kick

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School based care helps keep asthmatic tamariki in school

[caption id="attachment_3354" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri’s School Based Nurse Te Rina Murphy reviews Maraenui Bilingual Kura students Karena-Keri (7) and brother Icsys (10) asthma management brother while updating teacher Stephanie Kea-Papunī."][/caption] Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri’s School Based Nurse, Te Rina Murphy goes into Maraenui Bilingual Kura, Marewa School, Richmond School, Te Awa Primary

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Stop smoking success a whānau effort

Emotional about her youngest daughter relocating to Australia it was Easter weekend 2016, while having a smoke with her son-in-law when something just clicked for Char Gannaway. “I looked down and thought this is the most disgusting thing ever,” she recalls. [caption id="attachment_3283" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Char Gannaway has been smokefree for a year, motivated by her love for her whānau and supported by her daughter

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Building confident and capable youth: E Tū Rangatahi

“These are our leaders of tomorrow. We need to provide them with the tools to meet the challenges they face as we move aside for them,” shared Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri’s CEO, Audrey Robin at the poroporoaki (farewell) held April 7, for the second group to complete the E Tū Rangatahi programme. [caption id="attachment_3278" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Heretaunga and Ahuriri rangatahi who completed the E Tū Rangatahi

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