Tū Pakari, Tū Taha: Stand Strong, Stand Beside

Tū Pakari, Tū Taha: Stand Strong, Stand Beside is a series of six videos of Tangata Whaiora sharing their personal stories. They speak about the reasons they were vaccinated, as well as offering their perspectives as to why Tangata Whaiora may be vaccine-hesitant given their first hand experiences in the mental health and addiction system. These videos aim to provide greater understanding to drive change and better social inclusion.

Health inequities for Tangata Whaiora are glaringly obvious – and this message won’t be new information for many of you.

We are proud to acknowledge one of our own Wi Te Tau Huata who features in the very first episode.  Wi began his journey through different institutions and from the early days of ANOPS (Aotearoa Network of Psych Survivors) and continues to advocate for lived experience people today. He says his passion is to help others to reclaim their mana motuhake.

He mentors and supports whānau Māori to recover from their distress or trauma and reach their full potential. He said his greatest role is being a great Dad to his children, and Koro to his grandchildren, and ensuring they have all the love and support they need.

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