Te Ngira Whānau is a space where you can come for support, and take action on harm in your community. We recognise that addiction doesn’t happen in isolation, so we connect organisations and services across the region to raise the overall hauora and wellbeing of our communities.
We develop strategies to reduce the harm from gambling across the communities of Auckland, through community events and advocacy. We also are involved with policy development so that we can take the voices and views of whānau directly to decision makers. This is important to ensure that our whānau can advocate for themselves and for their communities.
Our whakapapa can be clearly seen in our tohu, which was designed by Rawiri Pakinga of Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa & Kāi Tahu. It reflects the whakatauki:
Kotahi ano te kohao o te ngira
E kuhuna ai te miro ma te miro whero me te miro pango
A muri i a au kia mau ki te ture ki te whakapono ki te aroha
Hei aha te aha! hei aha te aha!
This whakatauki was first spoken by Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, The First Māori King, and speaks of white, red, and black threads passing through the single eye of a needle. It encourages us to hold to the law, faith and love. This whakatauki is reflected in the threads of our Tohu, which are so intertwined.
This is a foundation for Te Ngira, as it demonstrates how our communities must all come together to achieve a common goal. For us, this means that all groups, Māori and Tauiwi alike, must work together with a strengths-based approach to improve the hauora of our communities.
Likewise, various different public health kaupapa, such as gambling harm, alcohol, nutrition, and physical activity, all come together to contribute to community wellbeing. These issues often have the same basic causes, and we must address them together to raise the hauora of our communities.