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Blessing and Gifting Awhi Ora – Supporting Wellbeing


Awhi Ora – Supporting Wellbeing is the name of our new walk alongside community support service. This service, designed in partnership with members of the Tāmaki community, offers a broad range of personalised support for people who are experiencing challenges that are impacting their health and wellbeing.

As part of growing the service it was important to have a name that best reflects what it’s all about – and ideally for that name to come from the locality and people who are co-creating and using the service. We were very fortunate to have Pt England resident Tashera Carter and Mind & Body peer support worker Christine Poto work together to come up with name ‘Awhi Ora – Supporting Wellbeing’ – a name that so richly and appropriately describes this new person-centred service

We gathered recently at Ruapotaka Marae in Glen Innes to bless and gift the name. Following a Powhiri, Taahina Tashera Carter guided a ceremony that revealed the whakapapa of the name, saw it blessed by the Reverend Roger Pym of the Canoe of Souls Unitarian Church, and then gifted to Dr Andrew Old, Chief of Strategy, Participation and Improvement at Auckland District Health Board, on behalf of the partner organisations who have been working together developing the service. It was a great celebration and brought together of all those involved with the new service in Tāmaki and furthered strengthened the many cross-sector and community relationships that have been forged on this journey.


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