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TOAH-NNEST National Hui, 2017


Hold-fast to health and wellbeing as the heart of the kaupapa

and the people will gather.


Date:  13-15 June 2017



Management Caucus Session

This session offers agency managers an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the current climate and what challenges, opportunities and threats this presents. This is a chance to get to know other managers within the sector, build relationships and support each other.



 Miriam Sessa

 Tauiwi Primary Prevention Facilitator Standards and Training Project

An Italian/English activist, Miriam Gioia Sessa began Feminist and Social Justice activism at the young age of 14 while living in Rome. Her past and current involvements include empowerment workshops for women, self-defence training, domestic violence and sexual violence prevention and intervention.

TOAH-NNEST is embarking on an exciting project which will aim to collect the wisdom and collective knowledge of the Tauiwi sexual violence sector to create a shared vision of what good practice looks like when working towards the primary prevention of sexual violence. At this presentation you will gain understanding of the scope of the project, our phased approach for the consultation process and how you can be involved. In this hour we will start some collective visioning for the project by exploring:

  • What are the benefits of having consistent standards?
  • What value we think this project can bring to our sector
  • How does this support us to end sexual violence in Aotearoa/New Zealand



Hinewirangi Kohu

Singing the soul back into being...

Nō Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Ranginui.

Whaea Hinewirangi will guide us through the process of, 'Singing the soul back into being', through the taonga puoro of the tīnana and taonga puoro o ngā tupuna.



Kathryn McPhillips

Inclusive Practice

One of the features of the second round of Good Practice Responding to Sexual Violence –Guidelines for ‘mainstream’ crisis support services for survivors round two ( was a focus on inclusive practice.  We worked alongside 7 communities, engaging in research projects to help establish what would be good practice for working with survivors of each community.  These research projects, and sometimes other information, were used to develop the Good Practice Guidelines.  In this session, we will talk a bit about the development of the research, future training plans, and the need for inclusive practice.  We will then bring the guidelines to life, hearing from a member of one of the communities involved in the research. 



Kathryn McPhillips

Good Practice Responding to Sexual Violence –Guidelines for ‘Mainstream’ Crisis Support Services for Survivors Round Two– Contract Implications

MSD contracts funding crisis support services will require that services work with these Guidelines from 1 July 2017.  In this session we will look at the development of the Guidelines from this perspective, and move on to exploring each Guideline and how these currently drive different services.  This second part of the session will be a workshop so we can share with each other how we currently enact the principles embodied in the guidelines.  The aims are to reduce any anxiety about the inclusion of the Guidelines in the contracts, increase understanding of the Guidelines in practice, and increase our shared capacity to articulate how we meet these Guidelines in the ways we do our work.



Tania Mataki & Marcia Marriot

Ngā Tongia Te Kakano O Te Haa’ (planting the seeds of change) - Resource for the Prevention of Sexual Violence by Whānau for Whānau

Ngā mihi māhana. Ma Te hau Mahana O Te kāhui o Te rangi me te wairua o ngā tipuna. Tātou e tiaki, tātou e manaaki i ngā wā katoa. Tihei mauri ora.

Ko Kai Tahu,Te Whanau A Apanui rātou ko Ngati Porou ōku Iwi

Tania Mataki taku ingoa

This presentation will show case a resource created by Te Pune Oranga. The resource supports whānau-based prevention with captions from whānau by whānau for whānau. This presentation will show Nga Tongia Nga Kakanoa O Te Haa’ (planting the seeds of change) resource and evaluation from Te Waipounamu, representing whānau voices around sexual violence prevention healing and recovery. These resources will be given out after the presentation.



Alex Ness and Tash Micheletti

Balancing act: helping people change their behaviour

Alex Ness, is the Adult Team Leader for the Wellington WellStop. Alex has worked in the area of harmful sexual behaviour for the past seven years and has a background which includes rehabilitation programmes, alternative education, sexual and reproductive health education and counselling. Tash Micheletti, is a clinician in the same team. Tash understands this work as changing their behaviour through knowledge, new skills and self-reflection. This is what motivates Tash to maintain a strong therapeutic alliance with clients.

Together they will present information about WellStop’s approach to working with people who have done harmful sexual behaviour, including the predominant therapeutic model utilised with WellStop adult clients. In addition, Alex and Tash will provide people with information on how to manage a disclosure of harmful sexual behaviour. 



Ariana Wilson

He Korero Pounamu (Telling our stories)

Ko Aoraki toku Mauka

Ko Waitaki toku awa

Ko Kati Huirapa te tahi o oku hapu

Ko Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu, Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Hamoa, me Ngati Tonga oku iwi

No Otautahi ahau

Ko Ariana -Wilson ahau

Ariana was instrumental in creating change by bringing together Iwi and Māori providers in one of the largest consultation hui across Te Waipounamu Māori. Tu Pono Te Mana Kaha O Te Whanau which is a cross sector, whānau, hapū and iwi inclusive strategic kaupapa Māori approach, and is a wave of change towards eliminating family violence, through the reclaiming of our culture and the revitalisation of our language that holds the gems and treasures that values life. This presentation will showcase an approach designed on telling our stories.


Matewawe Pouwhare

Akiaki Te Tī O Te Tangata (Nurture the Indescribable Light of a Person) - A Kaupapa Maori Bi-cultural Supervision Practice.

Taiāwhio e rere ana te mihi matakoakoa, matakuikui hoki ki a koutou katoa.

He Uri ahau o te hononga a Hinepūkohurangi rāua ko Maungāpōhatu.

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Ngai Tuhoe raua ko Ngāti Awa ngā iwi

Ko Ngāti Haka-Patuheuheu raua ko Te Pahipoto ngā hapū.

Ko Waiohau raua ko Kokohinau ngā Marae.

Ko Matewawe Pouwhare tōku ingoa.

Matewawe Pouwhare currently heads the Post Graduate Diploma of Kaitiakitanga (Bi-cultural Professional Supervision) L8 at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Porirua.  Her presentation invites participants to engage in wānanga (discussion, critical conversations) regarding kaupapa Māori bi-cultural perspectives and positions.  She suggests that Kaitiakitanga within the helping professions, and healing communities is essential to confident, competent, conscious practice.

Kaitiakiatanga is a Kaupapa Maori Bi-cultural Supervision Practice. Mauri Ora (Freedom & Authenticity) can be experienced and developed within Kaitiakitanga practice.  Rangatiratanga (Absolute Integrity) is examined in kaimahi practice, ensuring safe ethical practice from a cultural and clinical perspective. The kaupapa of Kaitiakitanga acknowledges the Mana Atuatanga (unique divinity) of a practitioner which indicates that in order for one to work from a bi-cultural perspective, s/he must recognise that human beings are both spiritual and physical beings and our practice must reflect an approach that validates this notion.


Jen Margaret

Treaty Skills for Tauiwi

Jen is Pākehā, of Cornish, Scottish, Danish and German ancestry. Her ancestors arrived in Te Wai Pounamu in the 1860s. Raised near Leeston on the Canterbury Plains, in the rohe of Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Jen was a late learner about the Treaty of Waitangi, first engaging with it at university in the 1990s. Since then, she’s been active in Treaty education and has been fortunate to have been guided in this work by many inspiring Māori and Pākehā people. Jen is driven by the question posed by one of her mentors, Mitzi Nairn, “How might we be the honourable people that the rangatira thought they were entering into relationship with in 1840?”

This workshop is focused on exploring the skills Tauiwi need to maintain healthy Treaty-based relationships, and to contribute to resisting institutional racism.


Bronwyn Kerr

Helping Friends and Whānau Start to Heal

Bronwyn has worked supporting people that have experienced sexual and domestic violence, she’s also worked supporting people with harmful behaviours to change. Bronwyn works with community groups, helping people weave skills in supporting people affected by trauma into their everyday mahi.

This workshop is aimed for people who want an introduction to supporting people who tell you they’ve experienced sexual violence. It will cover responding in the moment, and supporting their healing journey.




To support the conference theme we are dedicating a space where some of our local healers will be available to work with you.  Koha is appreciated.

We invite you to meet some of our local healers ....

Justine Rangihaeata - Kaitiaki of Kawakawa Spa; Kaiwhakahaere for Ora Tika Rongoa Maori Clinic at Koraunui Marae

Healing is a part of Justines' whakapapa, as a child she was surrounded by traditional forms of healing with the sacred waters of her hapu puna wai (natural spring waters). Her approach to rongoa and mirimiri has been nurtured by her innate intuition which has connected her to many teachers throughout her journey.  Her philosophy of healing is based on the principal of giving, guided by the whakatauki;

Ko maru kai atu ko maru kai mai ka ngohengohe

Give as well as take and all is well

Justine is Nga Rauru, and works with your energy to help you to reconnect to your inner healer through various forms of energy and body work.  

Healing available

Energy Healing

Whanau Mirimiri/Mirimiri - Soft Tissue body work

Mahi Wheua - Bone realignment

Connect into her website below for more information about rongoa she shares and other services

Vanessa Eldridge - Four Tides Indigenous Healers

Vanessa is a beautiful healer whom applies a philosophy of inclusiveness and passion for indigenous approaches to healing in all aspects of her life.  As a Kaimahi within palliative care she supports whanau to transition into the next world with comfort and light.  As a member of, 'Four Tides',  she gives back to the community through Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Health Services (Wgtn) through mirimiri and other healing modalities. She is an educator, facilitator and qualified bi-cultural supervisor. Belonging to Ngati Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine people she has a specific interest in empowering communities to manage grief and bereavement.

Healing available

Soft Tissue body work

Bone alignment

Connect into her Linkedin Page for more information

Tau Huirama - Four Tides Indigenous Healers

The wisdom , perceptiveness and skill that Tau has as an indigenous spiritual energy healer means people have been drawn to him for spiritual healing throughout his life. Individuals, families and whanau, groups and organisations seek his help to bring healing energy into their lives and activities.  He has a gentle and meaningful approach to his healing work and has found ways of infusing Indigenous Forms  of Healing to connect in with those he is working with.

Ko te tangi o te manu aa te Huia,

Hark to the sweet cry of our Huia bird,

Ki te hui hui, hui mai tatou,

To come gather one and all,

Whakahuihuitia mai ki te kaupapa e te tangi atu nei,

To gather, to share, to listen to each other in our endeavors,

Ki nga hua i roto i o tatou kaupapa korero  e whakatupu ake nei,

To select only the finest fruit that surfaces within our discussions to develop further.

Healing Avaialable


Mahi Wairua

Connect into his website for more information

Mary Bennet - Four Tides Indigenous Healers

Mary Bennet is within her own people of Nga Rauru acknowledged as a Matakite.  As a medium she connects in with the energy of those around her and is guided by tupuna to support you through your healing pathway.   

Healing Available


Mahi Wairua

Rititia Royal and Simon Cox - Managing Director at Tutuora

Rititia and Simon embody the whakatauki

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari taku toa i te toa taki tini taki mano e...

Strength is not of an individual but of the many working together

Working together as a couple they both have beautiful skills of healing and are currently creating healing spaces, through the Maoriland Hub in Otaki, to provide support to their communities.  

Rititia belongs to the Royal whanau whom are descendents of the local iwi Ngati Raukawa.  Her current role is to connect the community together with the healers.  Rititia has been part of various healing circles for many years where she has nurtured various modes of healing approaches.

Simon Cox is of Scottish and English descent, having been taken under the wing of several Tohunga throughout his journey, he has over many years developed a connection with several forms of indigenous healing.  As part of his practise Simon connects in to tupuna guides through sound vibration and energy patterns to realign your mauri.  Resetting your patterns of potential.

Healing Available

- Rititia

Connecting you with the healer

Group Energy work

- Simon

Sound vibration and energy healing

Bone alignment

View the link to see the work that Simon and Rititia are involved in with their people

Tania - Kaiwhakahaere for Ora Tika Rongoa Maori Clinic at Horouta Marae

Tania is a beautiful healer whom has been working with whanau for many years out of her home in Porirua.  Having a background as an assisting nurse her sense of emphathy with those she works with is based on wellness and working with you to bring past blockages to the surface.  Recently she has become part of the Ora Tika Rongoa Maori alongside of other committed healers within the Wgtn region. Tania has a range of approaches to body work healing ranging from soft tissue work through to deep tissue massage.

Healing Available

Whanau mirimiri - pressure points

Mahi wheua - bone alignment

Deep Tissue Body work

Hira Kaiwai

Weaving a whariki of safety, comfort and security is how Hira starts his mahi with each person.  Connecting into each persons energy he assists you to release mamae that needs to be moved and to recall the beauty that each person holds within.  

Hira is guided in spirit by his nannies who act as guardians, both for himself and those who come before him and assist as necessary. Hira is passionate about the different healing arts and continues his self development through meaningful exchanges of knowledge and support with other healers, the results of which he brings together in his healing approaches. As he is fond of saying, "There are many paths to the top of the Mountain. Mine is not the only way, mine is just another way."

Hira hails from Ngati Porou, Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu

Healing Available

Deep Tissue Body work

Mahi Wairua


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