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National Resource: Preventing Maori Suicide Webinar Video and Slides Now Online

The Suicide Prevention Information of New Zealand (SPINZ) video and slides from Wednesday’s webinar are now online:

Preventing Maori suicide: Involving whanau and community


Fill out the Evaluation Survey!  If you have a few minutes afterwards, the organisers would love to hear what you thought of the Webinar:


You can still register for the third webinar at:


Mike King Visits Kaitaia to Inspire Solutions to Suicide: 5 & 6 March 2013

Engage Aotearoa and The Key to Life Charitable Trust Present…

Mike King’s Community Korero

  • Venue: Te Ahu Centre
  • Date: Tuesday 5 March 2013
  • Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

It is time to stop throwing negatives at the problem of suicide and time to start throwing positives at a solution! Comedian Mike King gets straight up about his battle with depression, addiction and his ongoing journey back to recovery, including the mistakes he made along the way. Hear about the things he learnt from the hard times and how all those mistakes were blessings in disguise. This is a not-to-be-missed chance for the community to come together and explore how to support our youth and each other to survive and thrive. Plus heaps of useful resources to take away for later.

This important community event is followed by two student sessions the next day at Kaitaia College…

Mike King: It’s Cool to Korero

  • Date: 5 March 2013
    • Taipa Area School
  • Date: 6 March 2013 
    • Venue: Kaitaia College Hall
    • Session One – Years 9 & 10 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Session Two – Years 11, 12 & 13 at 11:25 – 1:25 pm

Students get to spend some quality time with Kiwi comedian Mike King as he talks about how he survived growing up. Mike’s is the story of a kid who wanted to fit in. It is about wanting to be part of the cool group but being 4’11 with buck teeth and big ears and needing a miracle to make it happen. Then one day he discovered he had a gift to make people laugh and he went from being bullied, to being liked and then many years later becoming a bully himself. Mike will share tips on how to deal with bullies and also why bullies do what they do. Most of all, he will speak about why it is important to talk rather than have conversations with yourself.  Mike’s main point is this… in life there will always be hurdles and heartbreak, but with perseverance, support and an attitude of hope, great things WILL happen.

Community Korero Poster Update 1 March

Nationwide Disability Services Consumer Forums 2013 Schedule 18 Feb – 25 March

2013 consumer forums

The Ministry of Health would like to hear your comments and ideas about the disability services they purchase.

More information please see here http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services/disability-projects-and-programmes/consumer-forums-hui-fono/2013-consumer-forums

The Ministry of Health is committed to enabling people with disabilities to lead a good life. Disability Support Services staff will be travelling to towns around NZ to let you know what the Ministry plans to do over the next few years. Your questions, comments and ideas will help them to get it right.

Who attends?

If you are a person with a disability, a family member or friend of a person with a disability we would welcome your attendance at these forums. You do not need to be a current user of Ministry-funded disability support services.

Where will the forums be held?

Four forums, one hui and one fono are being held in both the North and South Islands. The schedule below shows when they are coming to your area. Hui and fono will focus on improving disability services to Maori and Pasifika peoples.

How to register

It is important that you register if you would like to come along, for catering. You can register using the 0800 phone number OR the text number OR register online OR the email address below:

Sign Language Interpreters will be available at each meeting, other language interpreters will be arranged on request.

What topics will be covered?

  • the new model for supporting people with a disability
  • respite
  • individualised funding
  • choices in community living
  • supported living options
  • carer support
  • child and youth projects
  • behaviour support

It is hoped the forums, hui and fono will provide you with useful information and give you an opportunity to share ideas and give feedback.

Schedule of Disability Services Consumer Forums 2013

Locations, Dates, Meeting Times and Venues

  • Whangarei Forum: Monday 18 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Kingsgate Hotel Whangarei 9 Riverside Drive Whangarei
  • Auckland Fono: Tuesday 19 February 9:30am – 2:00pm Waipuna Hotel 58 Waipuna Rd Mt. Wellington, Auckland
  • Auckland Forum: Wednesday 20 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Waipuna Hotel 58 Waipuna Rd Mt. Wellington, Auckland
  • Hamilton Forum: Thursday 21 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Kingsgate Hotel Hamilton 100 Garnet Ave Te Rapa Hamilton
  • Hamilton Hui: Friday 22 February 9:30am – 2:00pm Kirikiriroa Marae 180 Dey Street, Hamilton East
  • Napier Forum: Monday 25 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Napier Memorial Conference Centre 48 Marine Parade Napier
  • Christchurch Forum: Monday 18 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Avenue Christchurch
  • Christchurch Hui: Tuesday 19 March 9:30am – 2:00pm Rehua Marae 79 Springfield Road Christchurch
  • Christchurch Fono: Wednesday 20 March 9.30am – 2.00pm Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Avenue Christchurch
  • Dunedin Forum: Thursday 21 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind Cnr Hillside and Law Streets, South Dunedin
  • Invercargill Forum: Friday 22 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust 135 Bowmont Street Invercargill
  • Wellington Forum: Monday 25 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Brentwood Hotel 9 Kemp Street Kilbirnie Wellington

Hikoi for reTHiNK of Mental-Healthcare Choices Arriving in Auckland

One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices 

Annie Chapman is on a hikoi across the length of the North Island to raise awareness about the need for better mental healthcare choices to be made available to service-users in New Zealand.

I have ceased to be surprised now by how almost everyone I talk to about why I am walking has a story to tell of friends or loved ones in need, utterly failed by the mental health system.” ~ Annie Chapman, 21 December 2012

Annie Chapman will be in Auckland from the 14th – 21st February 2013 (and in fact she may arrive a few days earlier than this).

So far the Auckland events in place are:

• Saturday morning, 16th Feb, from 10 am til 12 noon at Morra Hall, Waiheke.  Note: there has been a change of venue to allow for a more formal setting.  Instead of Ostend Market as originally planned, Annie Chapman will now be at Morra Hall, Oneroa, Waiheke
• A meeting on 15th February with colleagues of Brigitte Sistig re Yoga and Depression
• A second radio interview with “Take it from Us” (Feb 19)
• A screening/talk of Jim Marbrook’s film “Mental Notes” as a fund-raiser on the 17th of February  at Connect SR in Glenfield.

If you have any questions or suggestions of other good possible places to meet, speak or be interviewed by media, please contact Annie direct on 027 4272644 or Hikoiforhealth@gmail.com

Find out more on the official Facebook Page

Help spread the wordinvite your friends to the Facebook Event

Auckland Pride Festival 8-24 Feb 2013

The 2013 Auckland Pride Festival programme is set to light up the camp with over 50 fabulous events, both international and local. The colourful celebration of Rainbow Community arts, culture and identity spans two weeks and three weekends next February 8-24.

Painting the super city all colours of the prism, the 2013 festival programme features signature events including the Auckland Pride Parade on Ponsonby Road, Get it On! Big Gay Out in Coyle Park, Bear New Zealand WeekHeroic Gardens Festival and The Auckland Pride Gala at Q Theatre – as well as local and international cabaret, comedy, theatre, visual arts, concerts, record releases, book launches, debates, discussions, historical walks, charity events, sporting events, lifestyle events – and not to mention all the fantastic parties!

Set to be the major highlight of the Festival with over 40 float entries so far is The Auckland Pride Parade 2013 which takes place on Saturday 16 February on Ponsonby Road. Expect explosions of colour, flashing sequins, outrageously over the top drag queens, hot toned bodies, wild dancing, and fantastic music – all performed on a stage over 1.5kms long!

Other Auckland Pride Festival 2013 highlights include:

The Auckland Pride Gala will officially open the festival on Friday 8 February at Queen Street’s fabulous Q Theatre. Let your taste-buds be tickled by performances from festival events at this best-of-the-fest black tie occasion, showcasing many of the festival’s most talented entertainers, musicians and artists.

Gobsmacked: Showbiz & Dating from Melbourne, Australia at the Musgrove Theatre. Joined by her BGBF (best_gay_boyfriend), Jamie Burgess, Nikki Aitken bares her single girl’s soul in a musical-theatre-meets-cabaret showcase of spilt chocolate, spirit-fingers and spoilt divas. Featuring all-original music, Nikki and Jamie together commiserate and celebrate the fabulous-darling single life!

The original Māori cross-cultural gender-bender is back on the K’ Road strip with Salon Mika,a sexy cabaret showcase that embraces everything from haka to vogue, burlesque to drag, soul to punk. Be sure to see Auckland’s most beautiful boys, girls and in-betweens in the wild and free performance mélange that could only be Salon Mika.

Hailing all the way from the Mother Land, celebrated British biographer and performer Rose Collis unbuttons her critically-acclaimed Trouser-Wearing Characters show (Brighton Fringe Festival 2012) at TAPAC for a limited season. This unique show mixes music, history and performance engaging us with Rose’s favourite cross-dressing, bygone characters from 50’s media star Nancy Spain to a masquerader ‘Colonel’ Victor Barker, cabaret legend Douglas Byng, to the ‘F***ing Lady’ herself, actress Coral Browne.

In the style of Toa Fraser’s ‘Bare’, Victor Rodger (My Name is Gary Cooper) brings us Black Faggot;a series of humorous monologues exploring the gay Samoan male experience, from a camp closeted member of Destiny Church to a butch Hamo homo with plenty of swag and everything in between.

The last weekend of the festival is must-see event on many gardeners’ calendars, the Heroic Gardens tour which gives attendees exclusive access to some of Auckland City’s most prestigious private gardens. Showcasing gay and lesbian-owned gardens, the festival has grown to include the gardens of many other supporters of Hospice as well.

Check out the full Pride programme online!

Mental Health Commissioner Seeks Service-User and Whanau Feedback: Survey Online Now

The Mental Health Commission are running a service-user feedback survey, which can be found at:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HCNGRQ

This survey is for consumers only, and is totally anonymous.  People who are family members or supporters of people using services are also able to complete the survey.

It will provide feedback to the Commissioner prior to their community meetings which begin in Auckland on the 15th of February.

If you can’t make it to the community meetings, this survey is your chance to make sure your experiences as a person using mental-health and addictions services are heard by our national policy-makers and funding bodies.

New Board Members Needed for Changing Minds

Changing Minds is a small not-for-profit organisation, based in the Auckland region, working in information dissemination, education, and systemic advocacy. Changing Minds is the operating name of the organisation, which consists of two full time staff, one part-time staff member, and a Board.  The Board operates under the name Council for Mental Well Being Trust.

Changing Minds are specifically looking for members that can offer expertise in one or more of the following areas:

Maori issues; Pasifika issues; Youth issues, NGO management, Governance Board expertise; Accounting; Auditing; Legal matters; Rainbow issues (GLBTI); Disability issues; Migrant and/or Refugee Issues; Tangata Whaiora/ Motuhake grassroots work; Peer Support

The following personal attributes are a must:

  • Critical thinking – The ability to demonstrate a high level of thinking in the mental health and addictions sectors and be able to discuss matters in a professional matter, taking multiple points of view into consideration.
  • Understanding and empathy with mental health and/or addiction difficulties – Must be able to demonstrate an awareness and understanding of mental health and/or addiction issues.
  • Commitment to a human rights approach – Must demonstrate an understanding of diverse human experience and come from a non-discriminatory practice and perspective.
  • An understanding of the role of governance – Must have an understanding of the role of governance board in a not-for-profit setting, or at least demonstrate a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to demonstrate wellness – Has ability to discuss wellness approaches and has supports in place for their own wellbeing.

What we can offer you in return:

  • A travel allowance for the costs of getting to and from meetings.
  • Training and support in governance for those that don’t already have experience in this area.
  • Something that will look great on your CV.
  • An opportunity to contribute positively to the community

How to Apply:

Please contact the manager, Tina Helm, with your most currently updated curriculum vitae, along with a brief statement outlining the values and skills you would bring to our governance board.

Email: tina@changingminds.org.nz

Find out more on the Changing Minds website!

Applications Open for Maori Youth Mentorships with Mayor and Deputy Mayor

TUIA Overview

The TUIA leadership development programme is an intentional, long term, intergenerational approach to develop the leadership capacity of young Māori in communities throughout New Zealand.

It is believed that with the right support and the right opportunities, these young leaders could become the time drivers of social and economic change in their respective communities.

In Auckland, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will select two young Māori from the region with whom they will develop a one-on-one relationship, in order to mentor and enhance their leadership skills. It is envisaged the rangatahi (young person) will be mentored on a monthly basis, involving both informal meetings and formal occasions that will assist the young person’s development as a local leader. The relationship will also provide both partners with the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into inter-generational issues, cultural values and experiences.

Selected rangatahi will be expected to undertake and record a 100hr community service project in the respective communities. This will provide the young person to share their experience, practice new strategies and demonstrate leadership.

Rangatahi will also have the opportunity to build networks, obtain support and receive leadership training by attending four leadership development wananga across New Zealand over the course of the year.

Who is eligible for the programme and how will they be selected?

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor using the following set of criteria will select a young mentee each. The rangatahi are to:

  • Be aged between 18 – 25 years
  • Be actively involved in contributing to the wellbeing of their community at some level
  • Be able to commit to being involved in this part-time programme for a minimum of 12 months
  • Have support from others to participate in the programme (whānau/hapu/pakeke/employers/community etc)
  • Be open minded and willing to contribute to discussion and workshops
  • Be well organised and have the ability to manage their time and commitments effectively, and
  • Be innovative, self managing and adaptable

The selection process

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor in partnership with the TUIA programme and their past rangatahi participant will select one or two candidates against the criteria listed above based on the expression of interest in the programme.

What is required of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor?

  • Meet with the young person at least once a month (alternating where possible)
  • Involve the young person in  community activities that will assist their development as a leader
  • Financially support the young person to attend 4 leadership retreats (wananga) per year. This includes Domestic transport costs only.

What is required of the participating young people?

  • Meet with the Mayor or Deputy Mayor at least once a month
  • Be involved in additional community events at the invitation of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor (where practical)
  • Attend three day retreats (wananga) per year, and
  • Undertake a community service project over the 12-month period.

If you are interested in applying for the TUIA 2013 programme please email Claire Richardson for a written application form,  and email or post it back no later than Thursday 31 January 2013.

Email: Claire.Richardson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

(please put Tuia 2013 in the subject line)

Webinars on Preventing Maori Suicide: Schedule for 2013

The Mental Health Foundation – in collaboration with Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Māori, Victoria University of Wellington – will be hosting a series of free webinars about Māori suicide prevention in 2013.

The webinars will address the issue of Māori suicide from an indigenous perspective. The invited presenters are Māori practitioners, researchers and leaders who will speak from their own personal and professional experiences in Māori suicide prevention.

For many people, New Zealand’s high suicide rates – especially for Māori – can seem overwhelming. We hope these webinars increase understanding of what can be done to prevent suicide, and increase viewers’ capacity to help vulnerable people in their own whānau and communities.

The webinar schedule is:

Each webinar will run from 12:30 – 1:30pm, and we hope about half of this time will be spent answering viewers’ questions.

If you would like to attend these free webinars, please RSVP here: http://suicidepreventioninformationnewzealand.eventbrite.co.nz/