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Haratua 2021   |   May 2021
Mental Health & Addictions Collaborative Design Project
News & Updates

Background & Kā Pou Whenua Kaitiaki Rōpu

Last year, the Ministry of Health asked the Canterbury District Health Board in the Waitaha and Te Tai Poutini regions to review how mental health and addiction services can be improved to better meet the needs of local whaiora, whānau, and communities. Within this context, the CDHB chose several community-led initiatives that would enable the CDHB to assess their performance across the two regions. The Kā Pou Whenua kaupapa Māori project is one such regional initiative being led by Purapura Whetu Trust.

The Kā Pou Whenua project is co-governed by Purapura Whetu trust and independent governance body Kā Pou Whenua Kaitiaki Rōpu. The rōpu is made up of 20 members from Mana Whenua, Tāngata Whenua, and affiliated hapu, whānau, and hāpori. All members are subject matter experts in Māori health as tāngata whaiora, Mana Whenua & Iwi development, kaupapa Māori specialist or primary service providers, or Kaupapa Māori workforce development.

The role and responsibility of the Kā Pou Whenua Kaitiaki Rōpu is to support the Kā Pou Whenua project team in the review of the mental health and addiction services and systems across the Waitaha and Te Tai Poutini rohe.

Collaborative partners include the Mental Health & Education Resource Centre (MHERC) and the West Coast Primary Mental Health Organisation (WCPHO).

The Kā Pou Whenua project team is focusing on reviewing services and systems from a Māori worldview, looking into the way we provide services to whānau and how we deliver on services as Māori providers.

Engagement Opportunities

We want your feedback!

Work is already underway to talk with both whānau and kaimahi. We welcome you to join us in our review by letting us know your current or past experience(s) as:
  • Māori and non-Māori whānau accessing kaupapa Māori mental health and addictions services,
  • Māori whānau accessing general (non kaupapa Māori) mental health and addictions services,
  • Māori kaimahi delivering kaupapa Māori or general (non kaupapa Māori) mental health and addiction services.
We are currently offering the following opportunities to get involved:
  • Public forums
  • Private interviews (face to face or virtually via Zoom)
  • Online surveys
Free onsite parking is available at all venues. Attendees are welcome to bring a support person.

Find out more about these opportunities below and register your interest here.

Please help us to share these opportunities with whānau who may be interested in participating!

Public Forums 

Whānau are invited to attend one of three forums (two are being held on the same day) as below. 

Monday 13th June
10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
He Waka Tapu, 161 Pages Road, Wainoni

Register attendance!

Private Interviews

We can arrange a private interview with two of our interviewers at a time that will work with whānau at a central location, at home, or virtually via Zoom.

  • Wednesday 15th June
    Various timeslots available

    Phillipstown Community Hub, 39 Nursery Road
  • Saturday 18th June
    Various timeslots available
    Whānau home address 

  • Monday 20th June
    Various timeslots available
    Purapura Whetu Trust, 166 St Asaph Street

  • Virtual meeting via Zoom
    To be arranged
Book meeting!

Survey Link

In June and July, we will be seeking feedback from whānau and kaimahi via online survey(s). 

Please register to receive the survey(s) and keep an eye out for the link(s)!

Send me survey link!
Thank you for supporting Kā Pou Whenua.

If you would like to get in touch with us, please email
Contact Kā Pou Whenua
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