APAC 2017 New Zealand Business Awards

4 APAC / New Zealand Business Awards 2017 , Te Kaha have been delivering high quality services to rangatahi and their whānau for over 20 years. Natasha outlines what this entails in more detail. “Here at Te Kaha, we currently provide services to multi-ethnic youth/rangatahi, inclusive of their whānau, in the areas of Sexual Health, Maternity Support Services, Intensive Stop Smoking Support, Pharmaceutical Literacy, Patu Manurewa (a cultural and games based exercise programme), Suicide Prevention and Rheumatic Fever (campaigns and strategic messaging), and Mana Tiaki 4 Rangatahi – a wrap-around Whānau Ora service specialising in youth wellbeing. We also provide a service called Waka Ora on Wheels or the WOW Bus. This is a Ministry of Health sponsored, nationally recognised innovation project which focuses on health promotion for high-needs 0-5 year olds in South Auckland. We have been delivering Whānau Best Sexual Health Charitable Trust - New Zealand Te KahaOTe Rangatahi (Te Kaha) is an innovative KaupapaMāori youth health and development provider in the SouthAuckland region.We spoke toNatashaKemp to learnmore. Ora services for the last 8 years (as funded by the Government). We are part of a Whānau Ora Collective called Kotahitanga, which in turn is part of a broader Whānau Ora Collective called Te Pae Herenga o Tāmaki (which services the whole of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland).” “The organisation is rangatahi staffed and is deeply committed to Rangatahi Ora / Youth Wellbeing. This includes improving rangatahi health status, development and wellbeing. We have an extensive knowledge of our community and rangatahi needs with a highly skilled and supportive Board.” Health and wellbeing is very broad and covers quit smoking, weight-loss, getting fitter, nutrition, whole whānau participation; employment includes licensing, CV development and interview skills and education. This also includes courses, secondary and tertiary; and housing are priority outcomes identified as we plan alongside rangatahi/whānau. Most of the organisation’s effective engagements happen when rangatahi/whānau participate within a group or whānau based setting. This requires the right environment, as Natasha explains. “At Te Kaha, our Rangatahi Practitioners deliver Sexual Health in a sensitive, fun and interactive way, a range of lessons where young people receive education, awareness, support and assistance. We provide core services that are all underpinned by the Mana Tiaki Model of Practice. This includes an outcomes approach that is Contact: Natasha Kemp Contact Email: [email protected] Address: Unit 4-2 Jellicoe Road, Manurewa, New Zealand Phone: 0064 92 676 305 Website: www.tekaha.co.nz whānau lead with a kaupapa Māori foundation called the Takarangi Cultural Competency Framework. When needed, our diverse team can also deliver all aspects of our services in Te Reo Māori. Our rangatahi leadership group ‘Te Angitu’ that was created through Te Kaha and has been part of our programme designs including a co-design with the CMDHB called YouMeNZ. Te Angitu leaders range in age from 16–20 years, all living within South Auckland and either at High School or perusing tertiary education.” Looking ahead this dynamic and dedicated organisation will continue to seek exciting opportunities for growth and further expansion in order to support a wider range of service users, as Natasha concludes. “Moving forward we are always looking at innovative approaches to enhance what is already successfully being delivered and complimentary social enterprise opportunities.”