Te Hau Ora Whānau Services
Te Hou Ora was founded in 1976 on its youth programmes and works with whānau, rangatahi and tāmariki through clubs, social work support, parenting programmes, youth development and leadership, supervision with activity, supported bail and mentoring.
This Waka Hourua project was establishment of an Interagency Cluster Group and a series of Noho Marae to raise at risk and suicide awareness and to initiate positive activity and response to “help kids live life”.
Like all communities, Dunedin has been affected by suicide and as an organisation, we are all to familiar with the devastation it causes to whanau and communities. Through kōrero with the community, Te Hou Ora Whānau Services has heard a consistent message which is “help kids live life’.
Te Hou Ora Whānau Services intended to re-establishing an Interagency Cluster Group to meet every 6 – 8 weeks and identify at risk young people and whānau. This Cluster Group ensured at risk whānau get the information and support they need. The Group drew on social media, education, law enforcement and health providers to target organisations that can offer support to those most at risk through already established channels.
Te Hou Ora Whānau Services also ran a series of Noho Marae to engage young people and their whānau in fun filled adventures that also link them back to the whenua, moana, awa, ngahere. Together they learnt practical life skills in a fun natural environment and also take part in kōrero around crisis management, support and self care. Each noho sat under a Pou, each Pou will represent a Kaitiaki that will protect and guide the tikanga, the kawa, the korero and the participants of the noho.
In line with the Live Life theme Te Hou Ora Whānau Services facilitated two sports days primarily aimed at them Māori and Pacific young people in care. This fun filled day of sporting activities was to engage young people in a positive energy filled environment.
There was extensive collaboration with the community within these strands, and Te Hou Ora Whānau Services has identified a huge range of community, local and national agenciesto draw on to support the project.