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Connect Community Quiz Night: Thames, Fri 4 Oct 2013

Register your teams of 4 now!

  • Friday 4th October 2013
  • Thames Civic Centre, Thames
  • 6.00-9.30pm
  • $10 a team

Light supper will be provided on the night.

A great night of fun, prizes, and a night with a different flavour!

Limited spaces available. Registrations close Fri 27th Sept.

A Like Minds Like Mine initiative in a lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week 2013.

To register e-mail: aaron@korowai.co.nz

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Mike King Korero Heads to Taranaki Region in September

Mike King and Tai Tupou are hitting the road again in September to encourage schools and communities to make it cool to korero about the tough stuff, so we all make it through.

  • 10 September, 1 pm, Cool to Korero, Francis Douglas College, New Plymouth
  • 10 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, War Memorial Hall, Stratford
  • 11 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, Waves Building, New Plymouth
  • 11 September, 12:30 am, Cool to Korero for Hawera High and Patea Area School, The Hub, Hawera
  • 12 September, 11:30 am, Combined Community Cool to Korero, Opunake College, Opunake

While the team at Key to Life are getting ready to hit the road, the team at Engage Aotearoa will be adding recovery resources from each of these towns to The Community Resources Directory, so they can be delivered to those who need them when the team hits the ground in each of their locations across Taranaki. If you know of any services in the Taranaki region you think others would find useful, email them in to info@engagenz.co.nz.

10 Days Until Petition Presented at Parliament – Help Gather Signatures In Your Town

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Click here to download a copy of the Paper Petition to collect hard-copy signatures from your community. Instructions on returning signed petitions are at the bottom of the page. The petition flyer is on one side so you have some background information to show people when approaching them for signatures.

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Wellington Community Hikoi Meeting THIS WEEK: 29 May 2013

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Not Your Usual Hui: 7 June 2013


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Contact Cissy Rock for more information: Cissy.Rock@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
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Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Builds Up to Petition Presentation at Parliament

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Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Makes it to the Final Month

UPCOMING HIKOI EVENTS…COUNTING DOWN TO THE FINISH LINE

Annie Chapman is walking the length of the North Island along the Te Araroa trail to raise awareness about the need for better mental healthcare options in NZ and gather signatures for a petition to parliament. She left Cape Reinga in December 2012 and is passing through every town on her way to Wellington. The Hikoi reaches the Beehive on the 11th of June. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the Hikoi events:  parents, family members, friends, professionals, town-planners and people with lived experience.

  • Fielding: 13 May, Community Hikoi Meeting, Manchester House Social Services, 68 Aorangi St, Feilding; Monday 13 May 9:00am
  • Palmerston North; May 15; Community Hikoi Meeting, Manawatu Supporting Families, Level 3 Westside Chambers, 151 The Square, Palmerston North, 1pm – 3pm Wednesday May 15th
  • Otaki 23rd May: Details Coming Soon
  • Coastal Track 25/26 June, Join Annie Walking: Walking Coastal Track Waikanae to Paekakariki: 25/26 May: Bring your banners!
    • Sat 25th meet 10am Waikanae bridge SH1
    • Sun 26th meet 10am Raumati Beach below swimming pool complex, end of Garden Rd
  • Wellington; 27 May, Open Dialogue Seminar with Jaana Castella featuring Annie Chapman, Newtown Community Centre, 6:30-8:30pm, $20 waged / koha unwaged
  • Wellington 29 May, Community Hikoi Meeting: Time and venue TBC
  • Raumati: 30 May, Community Hikoi Meeting, Te Ara Korowai, 1 Weka Rd, Raumati Beach, 12pm – 2 pm
  • New Plymouth: 5/6 June: Community Hikoi Meeting, Time and Venue coming soon
  • Mt Kaukau Walking Leg: Sunday 9 June: Join Annie Walking: Walk Mt Kaukau- Botanical Gardens with banner. Meet at Mt Kaukau viewing platform 10am
  • Wellington: Tuesday 11 June: The Home Run: Walk from Botanical gardens to Parliament with banner in morning (huge crowd very welcome!!).  Meet 10.30am Rose Gardens, arrive at parliament 12 noon for petition presentation 12.30pm lunchtime Hikoi picnic. Hooray!!!
  • Wellington: 11 June: Picnic at Parliament and Petition Presentation: Celebrate and support the Hikoi’s message to parliament by joining a lunchtime picnic on the lawn of the Beehive as Annie Chapman presents the Petition for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices  and supporting evidence to parliament. More details coming soon. 

 

Save and print a copy of the Paper Petition to help gather signatures!

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New Rainbow Community Human Rights Resource: Born Free and Equal

If you haven’t yet seen it, the Human Rights Commission recently released a new human rights, sexual orientation, sex and gender identity resource –  Born Free and Equal.

Copies can be ordered from the Commission by emailing resources@hrc.co.nz or can be downloaded from the HRC website here: www.hrc.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/BornFreeEqual_for_Web.pdf

One Woman Walking Hikoi Reaches Whanganui Monday 22 April 2013

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Mike King Korero to Get Whangarei Talking About Suicide

Media Release: Engage Aotearoa & The Key to Life Charitable Trust

For Immediate Release: 01/04/2013 | Updated 5/04/2013
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Mike King’s Community Korero will hit Whangarei from the 8th to the 9th of April to throw solutions at the problem of suicide, with a series of public seminars. NZ has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world, especially among older people and youth. Estimates suggest that 1 in 6 New Zealanders have suicidal thoughts every year. As Mike King puts it “The Korero encourages people to help fight suicide by talking and supporting each other rather than taking their own lives. Silence is not the solution.” Rather than simply telling people they need to talk, King leads by example; Through sharing his own story, he opens the way for community members to share theirs.

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In the Community Korero, 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. This is a not-to-be-missed chance for communities to come together and explore how to support our youth and each other to survive and thrive. People can ask the questions they have always wanted to ask during a Q & A session at the end of the talk where Mike is joined by Engage Aotearoa service director Miriam Larsen-Barr, who also has a lived experience of recovery from being suicidal. Together they are an example of how the issue of suicide can affect anyone, Pakeha and Maori, men and women, young people and adults.

The Q & A is a chance for local professionals, parents, teachers and people with personal experience of these issues to discuss how we as individuals and communities can use our experiences to prevent suicide. Those with questions can ask them and those with knowledge can share it. Feedback from the Community Korero in Kaitaia included comments like “loved it”, “amazing evening, Mike opening his heart and bringing this community together” and “we should have another one I reckon.”

The initiative hopes to reach local schools in Whangarei in the future, through Cool to Korero, a special student-centred session that gives kids a chance to seek help and empowers youth to lead the way in creating supportive school and community environments. At least 20 students came forward to seek help for active suicidal thoughts after the Kaitaia and Taipa talks and were linked in with support.

Students commented “It was mint. I like how you approached the subject like not too serious and yeah, shot oi!”, “Thank you so much, words don’t suffice” and “you should come back mah gee!” Teachers commented “Thank you for giving our rangatahi options to stand up, speak up and seek help” and “I BET you have saved lives today.”

Community Korero is open to the public and a resource table provides plenty of take-home information about everything from suicidal thoughts and supporting someone who is suicidal to recovery and community services.  Local services are welcome to bring information to share with the community too – people can simply bring their materials along and add them to the table.

Larsen-Barr comments “suicide is a really hard issue in our communities. There are so many people who are prepared to help and who are already helping.  When our powers combine, I truly believe great things will happen. But first, we need to talk about it. Mike’s Korero creates a space to do that.

For more information visit www.engagenz.co.nz and click on Mike King Talks.

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