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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.


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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"

OneChance ANZAC Kite Festival - ANZAC Day April 25, Ngongotaha Domain, 12pm to 5pm

Come along and be part of a special event to commerate the soldiers who fought bravely many years ago, this coming ANZAC is the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC - please click here for the poster and here for the flyer.

Rotorua Careers Expo
Could you please advise those attending that the Rotorua Careers Expo is offering free stands again to community groups. For details contact me on rotoruaexpo "at"

Turamarama ki te Ora - National Suicide Prevention Conference 2015

Karanga mai, karanga mai! Ko tenei te reo karanga, mai a Ngati Pikiao ki a koutou katoa o te motu nei. Haere mai rÄ?, haere mai ra ki te hui-a-tau!?

Kia ora whanau J We are about six weeks away from our national conference on 24-26 May, Rotorua. We can feel the enthusiasm rising as more people are registering and enquiring about the conference itself. So here is a quick update as follows:?

Early Bird Special:?
This closes on the 1st April. Yes, in one weeks time. So be in quick to take advantage of this deal.?

Attached FYI is an application to run a stall at the event.?

We are looking for sponsorship. If you'd like to find out more, log onto our website:?  You'll have an opportunity to be recognised alongside: Lakes DHB; Lifeline Aotearoa: University of Otago; Te Rau Puawai; and the Ministry of Health.?

We have received official confirmation that the Hon Te Ururoa Flavell - Minister of Whanau Ora and Maori Development - will attend the official pohiri. Alongside this, it is highly likely Dame Tariana Turia will patron the conference.?

Speaking alongside our keynote speakers, are those who submitted an abstract to present. This line up is very impressive and we look forward to unveiling this talented group of people in the up & coming weeks.?

Whilst the pohiri and pre-conference will go ahead at Tangatarua on the Sunday 24 May, there is a possibility the conference will move to the Rotorua Holiday Inn on Mon 25 & Tues 26 May. The reason being is to cater for the current demand. We will let you know if this does happen. (Those staying at the marae, this will still go ahead as planned).?

Any questions, please contact Te Pae Fitzell: tfitzell "at"

National Certificate Youth Work Level 3 - FREE Training?

Are you currently practising Youth Work in a paid or unpaid position with a recognised Youth Work provider in the Central North island??


2 x Wananga Friday to Sunday?
Marae based learning?
Catering to meet your learning style?
Student support throughout the wananga?
Understanding 'The Fundamentals of Youth work", "Youth Development and Safety Management', 'Working with and Understanding Youth'?
Assessments that are industry related?
Opportunity to work with other Youth workers / sharing of experiences and skills?

We have 'limited spaces' and will need you to enrol as 'soon as possible' to ensure you gain one of these places for our APRIL 2015 intake!?Don't delay and enrol now by registering your interest to kelley "at" or phone 0800 469 372