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Whanau Ora: Patrick Hutana

Homeless, living in my car, begging and borrowing became my way of life until Nga Kete and the Australian Chinchilla Community Centre stepped in and turned it all around. Four […]
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Te Whare Mahana: Occupants Stories

What is Te Whare Mahana? Te Whare Mahana, run by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, is a stable, safe and supportive living environment for Rangatahi transitioning out of care […]
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Mahana Southern Maori Mental Health & Addiction: Hunter Chisholm

Two-week long “benders” became a normal part of my life but I started sabotaging everything else. Nga Kete supported me to stop drinking and I have been alcohol-free for just […]
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Southern Stop Smoking Service: Trevor Leigh

I’ve been smoking heavily for 45 years desperately wanting to give up but not knowing how. But recently with the support of the Southern Stop Smoking Service, a change in […]
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Whanau Ora: I'm Living A Full Life Now

I’ve been having a tough time in the past few years after the breakdown of my marriage, and being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, but the Whanau Ora Service has enabled […]
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Manawa Ora, Mahana: I'm Excited For My Alcohol-Free Future

Heavy drinking for 40 years, leading up to more than an 18-pack of beer a day allowed me to blank out the pain I was feeling from childhood trauma, but […]
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