How can we as health promoters help to heal the hinengaro and address the mental health challenges of Māori, and promote and protect their wellbeing?


What are some of the strategies we can utilise to be effective in tackling these challenges, which during these uncertain and for many, extremely stressful times is even more crucial!

At our next webishop on Sep 23, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week from Sep 27 – Oct 3, our panel of speakers will address these challenges and discuss approaches and strategies we can adopt to promote the mental health and wellbeing of Māori communities.


The panel, who have extensive experience in this field, will look at: What cultural and systemic shifts are necessary for positive meaningful outcomes?; What will Māori mental health look like with the implementation of the Māori Health Authority and what are the urgent issues and how should we tackle them as health promoters?


Register now for the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions and get some answers to your questions. Registration costs start from $29. Enquire about memberships.


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Panel of speakers:

Adrian Te Patu

Aotea, Kurapahupo

Adrian has worked for government departments, crown agencies, community organisation, iwi groups and health providers including DHBs for many decades. He has served as the vice-president of the Public Health Association of New Zealand. He currently represents NZ and the Asia-Pacific region on the governing council of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Adrian has also served on various boards, including the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand.


Alisha Tamepo-Pehi

Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi

Alisha is a health improvement practitioner specialising as a mental health nurse and is part of the Aronui Wellness Team. She has worked within DHBs, PHOs and other organisations. She is now at Turuki Health Care in Mangere, Auckland.


Lesley Niania

Ngāti Porou, Whānau ā Apanui

Lesley is a Wairua practitioner and has spent over 25 years working with health providers and Māori to improve the wairua and wellbeing of whānau. She is the facilitator of an online wellbeing and trauma-informed framework/model called Huringa te Hinengaro.



Adjusting to life back in lockdown and staying in our bubbles, can be a stressful, anxious and difficult time for many, so looking after your health and wellbeing is crucial!

The combination of stress and uncertainty can have significant and wide-reaching impacts on our mental wellbeing.

If you or those around you are concerned about how you’re feeling, or your wellbeing, there is a wealth of information and tools available to help you feel mentally well and get through these uncertain times.

A Health Promotion tool for empowering whanau and families against Covid-19
developed by HPF to help build your whanau and family capacity, and maintain your wellbeing, is available on our website

HPF Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi said the challenges that are confronting our global community, whether pandemics, floods or fire, are the same challenges at the family level.

“Collaboration, loving compassion and kindness are crucial to our individual and collective wellbeing,” he said.

The Mental Health Foundation also has some great wellbeing tips, based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Te Whare Tapa Wha. 

Other online mental wellbeing tools and resources can be downloaded HERE. 

In the meantime the HPF team is continuing to work from home and we’re just a phone call and email away.

Find the latest Covid-19 updates and info on the Ministry of Health website.