Kanui Poharama

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April 23, 2024

A softly spoken spiritual being deeply committed to his wellbeing, and a pathway of recovery that echoes a mantra of Be Well, Stay Well, Go Well.

Kanui recalls in the late nineties Wendy Croft asking him to sit and kōrero about his physical, mental health and wellbeing.

“I was out of tune,” said Kanui.

The road from alcohol and drugs took Kanui on a journey to Queen Mary Hospital and it was here that he made the decision “that place of contemplation” to commit to wellness.

“The poem I wrote reflects my mana, my pride to have learnt how to rise above, connect with the elements, walk up the maunga and see the sea views, to breath, to be whole, to be invested.

So many things, people and relationships are important to me. My church, my standing place, that feeling of kotahitanga, of belonging to something bigger than myself. I’m thankful for my pastor Jordan, who invests in my spiritual wellbeing.

I’ve learnt to navigate the storms – the internal dialogue that unwellness brings, and the love of God helps me.

I have been a non-smoker for more than 11 years, and have been drug and alcohol free for more than 25 years. I have a good life, make my own decisions and choices. I’m able to enjoy pleasures like an occasional holiday. My relationships with whānau are all important.

I’m peaceful and that journey has been immensely supported by Melissa Anderson from Te Korowai Hauora and the wonderful Te Whaea McFarlane, my cultural advisor. Ngā Kete provides a space for kinship, waiata, strength and balance and fellowship with Kaumātua. Rata House have provided me outstanding help – I’m grateful I’m turning 60 this year. I’m happy, content and joyful with my life and the people who care and support me.

I set my sights, like the sun, on the horizon
I’ve taken shelter from the storms
I’ve embraced the Lord to surround me with love and glory
It’s great to have been restored.”

Be Well, Go Well, Stay Well
Kanui Poharama

Be Well
Go Well
Stay Well
Sit on your lofty mountain and look around
Let your sights be like a sun on the horizon.
Be Well
Go Well
Stay Well
Let your Waka/Canoe flow down many rivers that bestow upon you.
Be Well
Go Well
Stay Well
May your marae shelter you through the storm of the night to the calm of the morning
Be Well
Go Well
Stay Well
May the dove of the Lord surround you with love and glory
Kia Kaha – Be Strong
Kia Maia – Be Brave
Kia Manawanui – Be Big Hearted

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