Opening of Te Whare Oranga Ngakau
Friday, 09 March saw the opening of the new alcohol and other drug residential treatment building ‘Te Whare Oranga Ngakau’ a service provided by Manaaki Ora Trust t/a Te Utuhina Manaakitanga (TUM).
Staff and residents welcomed the Midland recovery whanau on the morning of the opening. Many who had been previous residence of the whare and who continue in recovery. After the morning whakatau the past and present whanau joined the staff for a waiata practice to support the afternoon events.
Manuhiri from across the Midland region and Aotearoa attended the opening. The karanga led by whaea Norma Sterling, and Hariata Paikea lead the manuhiri into the whare. Following the powhiri there were a number of speeches which included the Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick, Tamati Coffey (Labour MP), a humbling testimony from a previous whaiora and an original recovery song written and sung from two talented whanau. It did not stop there; the spread of food was amazing alongside entertainment from the Manaaki Ora Trust whanau.
Te Whare Oranga Ngakau is a Kaupapa Māori residential service providing clinical services within a Kaupapa Māori framework and is multidimensional involving wairua, healing, therapy, education, values and life skills development. The Manager of Te Utuhina Manaakitanga, Donna Blair commented that the Trust valued the relationships they had developed across the sector that support our whanau in their journey.
"Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi"
With your basket and my basket the people will live
The new site is located at 11 Henderson Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua and is embraced by Ngongotaha maunga (mountain) and overlooks Lake Rotorua. To contact Te Whare Oranga Ngakau for more information or tour of facility phone 07 348 3586 or email tewhareorangangakau (at) tumt.org.nz
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