The Midland MH&A team invited Ngarepo Eparaima, kaumatua of Tuhourangi to the September team planning day to support the regional team to look at its current vision and mission statement to ensure the content is culturally inclusive and appropriate. We also asked him to following questions so the region and learn a little about him.
Tell us a little about yourself, who are you?
He nui nga whakapapa moku. Timata ki Te Taitokerau, rere ki Mataatua, e whakatipu au I te rohe o Te Arawa. Kei te tunu kai I nga ngawha ,a , ka ruku moni I te awa o Whakarewarewa.
Ko Tuturu te hiwi, :Ko Puarenga te awa, Ko Te Pakira te marae, Ko Wahiao te hapu, Tuhourangi te iwi, Ko Te Arawa te waka, Ko Charles Ngarepo EPARAIMA ahau.
I have a beautiful wife Vanessa, three adult children aging 23 to 18 and a grandchild Keita who is my heart.
I currently work as an administrator of Tuhourangi Tribal Authority and I sit on our paepae at Whakarewarewa.
One of the tasks encompassed in the administrator role is to manage a kaumatua contract and also a trustee on the Te Papatakaro o Te Arawa board. This roopu has a responsibility to help with the health and wellbeing of the tribe.
What was your first impression of the regional network?
Initially wasn’t sure on how the different parts linked together.
I was impressed on how the team operated even though each member lived in different towns.
Made me feel welcome very quickly!!!
How do you see yourself supporting the Midland regional network team?
- Assist and ensure that Maori protocols are followed in the appropriate situations to ensure all parties are safe.
- Assist with whakatau / powhiri.
- Assist where I can.
- Possibly give a view that could be considered to link the various groups of the regional network to values that will eventually assist in the wellbeing of the final whaiora.
If you could change one thing for Maori relating to Mental Health & Addictions, what would that be?
Mahi to eliminate addictions.
What is your favourite “whakatauki – words of wisdom”?
Aroha mai, Aroha atu - Love toward us, love going out from us