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Puna Pūtea | Social Action Grants 2022 - Introductory Webinar

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2022 Puna Pūtea | Social Action Grants

Being pre-judged or discriminated against for living with mental distress or illness is unjust, unfair and harms Aotearoa as a whole – and it’s also a known barrier to recovery.

That’s why we’ve developed the Puna Pūtea or Social Action Grants: grants of up to $40,000 awarded to individuals, organisations and community, hapū or iwi groups. These grants will fund projects that challenge the unfair judgements and discrimination those of us with mental distress or illness can face.

Interested to learn more?
Join our grants kaimahi/team online at 11am, Thursday 29 September for our launch event! You’ll hear about what kinds of grants are available, what we’re looking for in a grants application, and how you can apply for funding. You’ll also hear the sweet sounds of our guest musician, MOHI, and be able to listen to an amazing panel of guest speakers working in the mental health space. Be prepared to feel inspired!

The sweet sounds of MOHI
We are lucky to have MOHI performing at our grant launch. MOHI is an incredible musician descending from Te Tai Tokerau, Tauranga Moana and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa! and a fresh new talent to the Aotearoa music scene! Growing up in the cityscapes of West Auckland, MOHI’s smooth and soulful voice weaves urban sounds with ancient taonga, creating a unique sound that he is quickly becoming well-known for.

Our speakers:
Along with MOHI and you, our guests, we're honoured to be joined by some very inspiring individuals to launch our Social Action Grants programme. Each of our speakers are fiercely committed to ending discrimination against those of us with mental distress and will speak to why this is important.

You can read more about our speakers below.

Shaun Robinson
Chief Executive
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Shaun has worked in social and health services for over 30 years. With degrees in business and community work, he has held four other CEO positions in not-for-profit organisations, addressing issues from care and protection of children to HIV and AIDS. He has also been a management consultant to public hospitals, developed a successful training business and been a policy advisor to former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark.

Shaun says it is a privilege to contribute to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders, and to the flourishing of our diverse communities.

Michael Naera, Pou Kurutao
Nōku te Ao Like Minds - Acting Programme Lead
Te Whatu Ora

Michael has made significant contributions to improving mental health services and suicide prevention strategies and activities for Māori across Aotearoa New Zealand. He is recognised as one of our 100 Maori Leaders alongside Sir Mason Durie and Dame Tariana Turia.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Michael has spoken at the World Congress on Public Health conference as a Global Leader on Indigenous Suicide Prevention and travelled to indigenous nations to present on Māori and indigenous suicide prevention.

Gina Giordani
Kaiwhakapiki Ora | Nōku te Ao: Like Minds Social Movement Programme Lead
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Gina has her own lived experience and enjoys engaging with diverse lived experience communities across Aotearoa. She has built a career out of working in political and advocacy spaces which has included advancing the rights of workers and women. She now dedicates her time to mental health promotion and human rights advocacy.

Our panel of previous Like Minds, Like Mine Community Grant recipients:

Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho
Kaiārahi | Te Ora Auaha
Kaiwhakahaere/Founder | Taurima Vibes
Director | Auckland Fringe Festival: Te Ahurei Mōwaho o Tāmaki Makaurau

Borni has navigated his career between the hauora/health and arts sectors, consciously creating and weaving pathways between the two. He has a bachelor in performing and screen arts and studied his post-grad in applied theatre and social education.

Borni also works alongside Mind and Body, is Kaiārahi for Te Ora Auaha a national arts/hauora brokership network and sits on the Te Whatu Ora: Health NZ National Tangata Whenua Health Advisory Rōpu.

George V
Founder and co-director
TātouTātou Consulting

George is the founder and co-director of TātouTātou Consulting, which uses design-thinking in a culturally-appropriate manner to improve the experiences of marginalised communities in Aotearoa.

George is proudly from Siusega, Samoa and is based in Whangārei where he runs TātouTātou with fellow co-director and wife, Tarapuhi and their two-year-old, Hawaikinui.

Nicola Clarke
Oranga Hinengaro | Advocate for Tāngata Whai Ora
Tui Ora | Māori Health Provider

Nicola was raised in Rotorua and moved to Ngāmotu (New Plymouth) with her son 20 years ago. Nicola's role is to advocate for, and tautoko, tāngata whai ora using her own lived experience of mental health and addiction.

Nicola sits as a member of the Consumer Council for Te Whatu Ora: Health NZ Taranaki and until recently was a Regional Lead for Te Kete Pounamu. She is passionate about the lived experience space and works to increase recognition for the contributions it brings.

Register now! Register for our incredible grants launch webinar by purchasing a free ticket (see the button to your right) and we'll follow up via īmera/email with further details.

Nau mai, haere mai - see you on Zoom!

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Rāhina / Monday

Reconnect with yourself

Connecting with yourself is a skill. To start the week, begin by taking a moment to check in with yourself, acknowledge how you’re feeling and how the last few years of turbulence affected you and your connection with others and the world around you. This is a good time to think about the people you have lost contact with who you might want to reach out to, or the special places you haven’t visited in a while, and set some whāinga/goals for the week ahead.

At the end of the week, you can reflect on how you felt at the start and how reconnecting with the people and places that are special to you has lifted you up.

A few ideas for reconnecting with yourself:

Rātu / Tuesday

Reconnect with a friend or loved one

We know life can get busy, but feeling connected to the people that are important to us can make a big difference to our mental health. Connection brings purpose and belonging to our lives and makes us feel happier and more secure. Today is about reconnecting with the people in our lives – it could be someone special who you have lost touch with or just wish you caught up with more often.

A few ideas for reconnecting with a friend or loved one:

Rāapa / Wednesday

Reconnect with a special place

The places and spaces we spend our time in have a huge impact on how we feel. Most of us have places we can go that calm, inspire or uplift us. Today, make time to go to a place that is special to you and take notice of how you feel when you are there. For some of us, the special place that comes to mind might be out of reach - perhaps it’s overseas, or too far away to get to. Even if we can’t get there right now, there are ways that we can reconnect with the places that lift us up.

A few ideas for reconnecting with a special place:

Rāpare / Thursday

Reconnect with your community.

Today is about reconnecting with your hapori whānui/wider community. It’s the perfect time to sign up to be a volunteer or join a local community group, but it could also be as simple as making the effort to reconnect with the people you interact with every day. Today is all about savouring the little hononga/connections that make us human.

A few ideas for reconnecting with your community:

Rāmere / Friday

Reconnect with nature

To round out the week, we’re asking you to reconnect with the beautiful taonga that is te taiao/the natural environment. Studies show exposure to nature not only makes us feel better emotionally, it contributes to our physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. All the more reason to spend at least a small moment today outside - breathing in some fresh air and noticing the world around you.

A few ideas for reconnecting with nature: