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Te Waka Tuhono: Te Waka Tuhono Enabled Me To Reconnect

A rough childhood set me on a dangerous path of drinking, drugs and parties throughout my teenagers years, but the Te Waka Tuhono Kaupapa enabled me to find myself again.  […]
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Cancer Pathway: Terina Gilbert

Ko Terina toku ingoa  Ko Ngai Tahu toku Iwi Ko Kati mamoe raua koe waitaha toku hapu  Ko Takitimu te Waka Ko waihopai te awa Ko Ōtākou toku Marae  I […]
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Southern Stop Smoking Service: Craig Leitch

- GoreI was smoking for more than 30 years and although I tried to stop a few times, it never lasted. I started at 18-years-old and back then, it was […]
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Whanau Ora, Mahana: The Truth, The Love, The Light - My Journey To Healing

From anger management issues, to a vicious cycle of drugs, gangs, and prison, I have lived a rough life with a rough outlook. But then my children were taken into […]
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Whanau Ora: The Support Meant The World To Me

I returned to my hometown of Invercargill a few years ago and I’ve lived through some difficult times ever since. My partner was addicted to methamphetamine. I had no idea […]
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Te Pae Oranga: I hope the Iwi Community Panel continues to help more people

I’ve been driving taxis on the late shift for five years now. I love my job. I love meeting and talking to people from various walks of life. One night […]
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