A small community group in Whakatane have dedicated themselves to a 6-week Hauora challenge with the driving kaupapa behind the challenge being to support each other through the various stages of their quit smoking journey. Throughout the programme this group have connected with organisations within their community to deliver nutritional, and physical education to provide them with the tools to enhance their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their friends and whānau.
Rotorua Smokefree Partners (RSFP) was activated in April this year to reduce smoking harm in the region. The primary objective of the group is to collaborate on community issues and develop strategies to address these concerns. Over the past six months, the group has gathered insights and lived realities through a community survey and through community feedback during Smokefree Month events in May.
Te Whare Tū Taua o Whakatū (Nelson based mau rakau rōpū) were in wānanga over the weekend of the 16th to 18th of September on the kaupapa of Hauora. Auahi Kore/Smokefree was at the forefront of this wānanga where the rōpū shared their whānau smoking experiences and what they have come to learn from this.
The day was about empowering whānau on their smokefree journey which was supported by the attendance of Te Piki Oranga and their smokefree practitioners.
A regional Whānau Hauora Hub in Tairawhiti was held by our team, with the Smokefree kaupapa implemented into our event through a Matauranga station.
This event invited wāhine from the Black Power community, to whakamana their Hauora. Creating a space for wāhine to connect through traditional practices like raranga, romiromi, mirimiri, Rongoā, Mahi wairua and wairua tau.