NewsletterSummer Issue - February 2022

Kia ora, Talofa Lava and Greetings

Welcome to our Summer newsletter.  I hope this finds you all well and safe during the increasing levels of Omicron.  It has been a busy start for the year as we transition into the new health environment.  The uncertainty of what it will look like and how it will affect us all is weighing heavily on peoples minds and at times interferes with what we are really here for.  Whānau are our priority, and we need to keep the faith that the health reforms will improve access and choice for the whānau that we serve.  The right service, at the right time, by the right people!


At the end of last year, we completed two webinars supported by Whāriki.  

  • Te Manawa Taki Lived Experience and Whānau Strategy (click here to view the strategy)
  • Te Manawa Taki Pathways to Learning (click here to view the Pathways to Learning)

We also commenced work on the Mental Health and Addiction Wellbeing Regional Equity priorities as identified by the regional Chief Executives:

  • Access and Choice – providing a report on what services have been funded in Te Manawa Taki by the Ministry of Health and the effectiveness of these services. This project is near completion.
  • Whānau and Pepi – focusing on the community continuum of services to identify innovation, gaps and transferable lessons learned. This project is near completion.
  • People with High and Complex Needs – focusing on step-up and step-down services for people with enduring complex needs. This project is in the process of finalizing the project scope.
  • Rangatahi Access – leveraging off the Te Piko o te Māhuri (Youth Wananga report 2019) to identify early intervention and prevention suite of services that are close to home, at the right time and delivered by the right people.  This project has only just commenced.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who contributed your thoughts and shared your story to the Te Manawa Taki regional submission to the Mental Health Act Reform and Repeal.

Belinda has completed a full review of Ngā Paerewa the Health Sector Standards and has provided the regional leadership networks with a PowerPoint that is easy to understand.  We are offering Zoom workshops for groups of providers who are wanting to understand the practice changes needed in order to be compliant with the new standards. 

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the team if you have any queries:

Until the Autumn Newsletter stay well, stay warm and be kind to one another.

Ia manuia le galelue