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Us Two - Whaiora and Kaiawhina

Mariana Waiti (32) of Ngati Pikiao, became addicted to heroin while living in Sydney. With the help of Rotorua Lifewise worker Barbara Hicks (65) of Ngati Awa, Mariana is one year clean and turning her life around. They both live in Rotorua.

I was born in Rotorua, and my roots are here, but I grew up in Sydney.

I was very good right up until I turned 18, and then I met boys, and then I got mixed up in the wrong scene. I got addicted to heroin. It was sex, drugs and rock and roll.  Everything I wasn't supposed to do.

I started on the methadone programme in Australia. You get your prescription every week and you go to the chemist every day to pick it up. I came back to Rotorua in 2007 because my family were here and I needed the support. I had none there.

I met Auntie Barb in 2010. I came to Lifewise through my drug and alcohol counsellors. I was taking care of my mum and my children at the time. It was really for respite; to give myself a rest.

Straight away, she was Auntie Barb. She was like another auntie. She has all the characteristics of an auntie - loving, caring, a teacher. She's a shoulder to cry on.

The most important thing she taught me were life skills; basic life skills. Even though I knew how to cook, she taught me how to cook and maintain our budget with good kai. She helped me stabilise my life.

She's given me a growling a few times for being naughty, but that was all right. It was a good growling, because I had a really bad attitude towards everything - life in general, people; anything they said to me was wrong and I was right. She told me just to tone it down and take things as they go, and that I'm not always going to be right. It took a while, but the message is through now.

She talks to me like my mother used to talk to me. She doesn't try to sugar-coat things; she gets straight to the point and that's important for me.

My mum died in 2011, and I relapsed. My uncle and auntie took my kids at that time, until I got better. I'm all over that now - I'm off the methadone. It was a year in August.

I thought I'd never be off methadone. Never in my life. I thought I'd be stuck on it for the rest of my life. Now, I want to have a job and a good relationship with my children.

BARBARA ON MARIANA/ When I first met Mariana, I actually felt sorry for her. She had a young family, and she was always crying for her babies.  Just talking with her made me look at her in a different way. She can be very grumpy, very judgmental, but once you get to know her, she's actually a lovely person.

My job is one-on-one with clients like Mariana. People come to us for free to prepare for rehab and they might come to us post-rehab. Then we have the mental health crisis clients - they might come in for seven days.

My work with Mariana involves practically everything, except showering.

It's budgeting, cooking, communication, support work, everything she wants - within reason. It's about teaching her to find a new circle of friends. I really enforce that: try and get a new circle of friends, try and get back with your family, because a lot of people here burn their bridges. I've always got a shoulder for her to cry on.

One of my favourite memories is teaching her cooking - Mariana loves cooking. When she came in here, her budget was very limited.

She had to learn how to cook with practically nothing. That's what I taught her and that's what she loves doing now. Seeing the progress Mariana has made is absolutely beautiful.

A lot of people relapse, so they have to come back. Mariana has been here four times. That's quite a lot for one person.  There have been difficult times, but you've got to learn to cope with those. If you can't cope with them, you're in the wrong job.  You've got to look at them as a person treat them as an adult, not a kid. It's about owning your mistakes and using them as a learning curve.

I was born in Whakatane and was brought up all over the place by my mother, because my mum and dad had parted. When I was 12, I knew what I wanted to do, and that was to have a family, and for them to always have a dad. By hook or by crook it was going to work. I finished school when I was 17, got married when I was 17, and my husband and I have been married 48 years.

I've worked all my life. I was a machinist in a jeans factory. I've worked in the kohanga, I worked as a cleaner at Rotorua Primary, I've worked in the catering business. I've done all sorts. But this is the best job of my life. You see progress in people. If I can see progress, it might be just an inch, I know I'm doing my job.


Lifewise Mental Health & Addictions - Rotorua Ekiden 2014

Running a boot camp is all part of day-to-day work for the team at Lifewise in Rotorua. As part of their mental health & addictions programme, they use a health & fitness approach to support people to gain confidence and optimism, growing their health and well-being.

So what do they do on their weekends off!?  They get together and run a marathon!

We'd like to congratulate Paula Lemon, Paula Coller, Sinitia Lee, Jade Kameta, Shane Unuwai and service manager Haehaetu Barrett for smashing the annual Ekedin marathon. You did Lifewise proud!


Working4Youth is an online resource providing notices, current events, projects, research & publications and networking for those working with and for young people in the Bay of Plenty.


Expressions of interests for W4Y roundtables
We are looking at a variety of ideas for holding the W4Y roundtables. We would like people to volunteer their knowledge and their time for the roundtable meetings. You would only have to hold one meeting at your place or at the Rotorua Youth centre. It is an opportunity to share your workplace vision, skills and knowledge. If you have any ideas moving W4Y forward and sharing information please contact working4youth "at"

ColourDash 9th November Event
Have you heard that the colour dash is coming to Rotorua on 9 November

Click here for copy of the poster and give us a call today if you require more information:

Sport BOP. November is Water Month

Increase your fitness, try something fun and meet new people!?

Play in the Bay is a calendar full of beginner style 'have a go' activities to suit all ages, abilities and levels of fitness. Each month is themed and activities are held all over the Bay of plenty. November is a great time to experience the region's lakes, rivers, beaches and pools.?

Try out Sailing, Stand Up Paddling, the Virtually on Track Launch Events, Swimming Lessons, Arthritis Pool Classes, Tarawera Trail Walk, Swimming classes for special needs, Guided Hot Pools Kayak, River Rafting,?and much more!!!!!?

Contact our Recreation Advisors:?

Tauranga: Jen Riley -  jenr "at" or 07 5780016?
Rotorua: Melissa Gordon -
melissag "at" or 07 348 4125?
Whakatane: Cathy Bell -
cathyb "at" or 07 308 8304


Waiariki School Leaver Scholarship INformation & More

Welcome back to Term 4!  Hopefully this first week is going great!!

Here is the latest information about our new scholarships, new qualifications and upcoming Creative Arts Festival.

Clike here for scholarships for school leaesr 2015 or click here for Scholarship applications for 2015 - free fees for school leavers is offered again for 2015.