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Mahana Southern Māori Mental Health & Addiction: I Couldn't Get Away From It

I spent my life surrounded by alcohol, so when I started drinking heavily and smoking marijuana as a young teen, I thought it was normal. I didn’t think it was […]
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Whanau Ora: My Life Is Back On Track

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust has supported me to change my drinking habit and get my life back on track. Drinking had become a huge part of my life […]
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Tui Ora Programmes: Cindy and Jordon

Invercargill woman Cindy has recently completed Taputapu Mātua (Parenting Programme) and, together with friend Jordon, Te Rourou Pai Oranga (Nutrition Programme).They discuss their experiences: Cindy: I lost my four children […]
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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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