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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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PREVENT Rheumatic Fever and PROTECT tamariki

“RHEUMATIC Fever is a serious but preventable disease,” assures Te Kupenga Hauora - Ahuriri’s School Based Nurse Te Rina Murphy. Working in five local schools, Rheumatic Fever is one of the illnesses she routinely monitors for in tamariki. [caption id="attachment_3451" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="School Based Nurse Te Rina Murphy checks Tamihana Shepherd’s (7) throat while Layla-May Flavell (9) waits for her turn. Sore throats

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Free Kia Ora courses improve quality of life

Over the past four years Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri have supported more than 200 people with chronic long-term conditions to better manage their health through the Stanford Programme. This year they are looking forward to assisting more under the Kia Ora Programme, splitting the Stanford Programme into three unique courses so whānau can get the specific help and information they need. [caption id="attachment_3463" align="alignleft"

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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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Keeping our whānau, young and old, safe this summer

Protecting ourselves from the power of the sun, regardless of our ethnicity, is so important. In Aotearoa 90% of melanoma skin cancer is caused by sun exposure. Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri’s Registered Nurse Te Rina Murphy urges us this summer to pay special attention to the elderly and the very young when it comes to being SunSmart. [caption id="attachment_3404" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Registered Nurse Te Rina Murphy points

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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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