Successes

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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Stanford puts Beau in control

When osteo-arthritis in his knee forced Beau Thompson (64) to walk using crutches, sometimes spend the day bedridden and finish working he was surprised to learn that being active would help his condition. His overall health and wellbeing was further complicated by the fact he has also had Type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. [caption id="attachment_3271" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Beau Thompson (left) is firmly in control of his health

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Jurnee overcomes as Youth Services build confidence

JURNEE Kihi (20) is someone Youth Navigator Janet Groube describes as a success. The mum of one has worked with Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri’s Youth Services team since the birth of her son four years ago and along the way has overcome a number of challenges while developing personal skills that are seeing her grow. “It feels good to think they see me as successful.” [caption id="attachment_3291" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Te

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Support leads to space to play and learn

Roberta Tipuna left Wairoa in her early teens for Auckland but returned home when she found herself pregnant for the first time. Discovering she was carrying twins she was forced to relocate closer to Hawke’s Bay Hospital in Hastings, where they could deliver her babies. [caption id="attachment_3172" align="alignleft" width="491" caption="Mum Roberta with daughter Zaliah and Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri Family Start Worker Silia Momoisea with

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Lorraine navigates her future with Youth Services backing

For the past year, Youth Navigator Mihiana Cottrell has watched and supported Lorraine Taukiri (17) during an exciting phase of life. Lorraine tells us, “I’ve achieved a lot.” [caption id="attachment_3167" align="alignright" width="491" caption="Youth Navigator Mihiana Cottrell and Lorraine Taukiri have a great relationship that has contributed to Lorraine’s achievements over the past year."][/caption] When they first met both Lorraine and

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Empowerment leads to brighter futures with Family Start

The free Family Start programme is successful for a number of reasons but Community Support Worker Megan Wall considers parent buy-in to be the key to transforming parents and tamariki lives. “We’re here to empower parents so eventually they feel strong enough to be able to do it on their own,” says Megan. The programme focuses on building on parents’ strengths and walking alongside them in a non-judgemental but educational role, giving

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