Monday, August 4, 2014

Mid Winter Cheer at KDC

June was a busy month at the Kaumatua Programme, with highlights being a trip to the Kaumatua Games at Whakarewarewa and a Mid-Winter Cheer Up day at Whakaue Marae.

On Friday the 13th of June we travelled over to Whakarewarewa and were given a guided tour around the village, along with some steamed corn. Kaumatua were also treated to a show of taonga puoro (traditional maori instruments) by Jason Phillips who also demonstrated the beautiful sounds they made. Kaumatua described the sounds as “haunting” and “beautiful”. After some waiata and a maori counting game our group was presented with 3 pohutakawa trees, which are designated for Whakaue & Te Awhe Marae and Maketu Hauora. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, with the group describing themselves as lucky to be invited to attend.

Mid winter cheer up day on June the 17th was another highlight. Kaumatua were dressed up in a decade theme and enjoyed a delicious catered lunch. Even though the sun wasn’t shining outside it sure was inside with kaumatua enjoying some music, joke and storytelling, and singing. It was a fun day with much laughter and the group agreed it was a much needed winter “pick me up”.

Na Suzy Butler 
KDC Coordinator

Monday, May 26, 2014


Kahu getting her Pink On!
Our awesome team
Karena & Kasey with our WIndow Dressing Comp Winner "Sew & Sews"
Nicky B
Good times with our tamariki
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Te Puke Florists
Barbs Hair Design
Yeah Sushi!

Friday the 23rd May Aotearoa celebrated PINK SHIRT DAY.  PSD was started in Canada in 2007 by a teacher who was upset when he saw a boy severly bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.  He along with all the 9th Grade students decided to wear pink shirts and take a stand against the bullies in their school. In 2009 the movement was adopted in NZ. 

This year we decide to spread the Anti Bully message to our Te Puke community.  We had awesome support from the retailers who dressed their windows, the local primary schools who allowed us a chance to talk to their tamariki and  the general public who took our promo packs and wore their Pink Shirt Day stickers with pride.
Karena and Kasey Bird was fantastic ambasadors and they did a awesome job being great Anti Bully rolemodels for our tamariki and stuuning judges for our window display competition.  Thanks ladies you are both TOO MUCH!  
For us Pink Shirt Day is about staring conversations around bullying.  The more it is talked about the better. Remember wear your invisible pink shirt every day. 

Moving on! Team Building

Friday the 2nd May we farewelled Adrienne Reid, Raven Walker and Delwyn Koce.
They have all been a huge part of the team at Maketu Health & Social Services. We wish them all the very best for their future endeavours.  All will be extremely missed and we thank them all for their contributions to the Hauora and community.  
Good Luck Adrienne on your Travels .Have fun being a Mum Raven - enjoy your babies. Delwyn you will do well in you sewing venture - Good Luck to you all. Along with these three Moki Thomas will be going to completed a work placement with the Correction Dept for a couple of months we wait with bated breath for his return. 

To make sure our departing ones left with some awesome memories we enjoyed a Team Building day.  Dressed to suit the occasions of course.  Full of Spirit we all were.  We attended Ohara’s Outdoor adventures. Gaining many new skills. Working as a groups we were put through the paces of Target practises, Dart Blowing, Throwing of the stars along with archery.  Some found these exercises very challenging.  Then it was off for a well deserved soak at Soda Springs which was follwed by a delicious dinner in Rotorua.  Good luck ladies, all the best for the future.
The MHASS team ready for action.

Delwyn our "Dress Up Queen"

Adrienne our "Cowgirl"

Raven our "Hapu Hunter"

Winsome "ready for anything"

Getting the low down at Ohara's

Meeshla "Blow Gun Champ"

M.A.C Maketu Autumn Carnival

 Fantastic Afternoon in Maketu

After much planning, painting, constructing and setting up the Maketu Autumn Carnival was ready to roll. 
The Maketu Park was filled with fun and laughter.  Old School carnival games drew a large crowd of all ages.  Sponge throw, baby races, ring toss, giant jenga, candy floss, toffee apples and face painting were a just a few of the free activities and treats avaliable.  Awesome support was given by other community groups. The Maketu Fire Brigade, Rotary Club, Surf Club, Maketu School and the Projects team all pitched in and made the afternoon a great success. Planning for next years carnival is in the pipeline, which no doubt will be bigger and better.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Bully Proof Maketu Fun Park

The MHASS Bully Proof Maketu campaign kicked off 2014 with two fun Park Days for local tamariki and their whanau.

 The 22nd of January saw our rangatahi take part in free sports & art activities and a sausage sizzle helped to settle hungry puku.   Friday saw the local park taken over by a huge inflatable slide. Tamariki under the supervision of MHASS staff and whanau spent the majority of the day slipping and sliding. For those that needed a quiet option, face painting, poster designing and volleyball were available.  Once again a sausage sizzle filled hungry puku and a lolly scramble ended a fantastic day.
It was awesome to see tamariki and their whanau engaging and participating in these free community events.  Feedback from Facebook and whanau deemed both days a success.  There are more Bully Free Park Days planned for 2014 so keep an ear out and come join us.

Na Raven Walker

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tamariki Ora - Christmas Special

 As 2013 is coming to an end I would like to acknowledge all whanau for their support throughout the year.  A special thanks to such organizations as Giggles Seeka Kids Rangiuru/Te Puke and Maketu Kokiri Kohanga Reo.

Some important messages to consider over the Christmas period

·        Don’t forget to “SLIP, SLOP, SLAP” be SUNSAFE, wear a hat and apply plenty of sunscreen
·        Keep our babies safe around water
·        Make sure all our children are properly restrained in their car seats whilst travelling

If you are having a baby in the New Year, we would like to offer Tamariki Ora services for you and your whanau. 

Service includes
·        Well Child Checks 0 – 5 years
·        Dental & Hearing checks
·        B4 School checks
·        Immunisations

Thank you once again,
Lyn Potaka
Tamariki Ora Co-ordinator

Meri Kirihimete me nga mihi o te Tau Hau ki a koutou katoa. 
Ma te Atua e Manaaki e tiaki i a koutou i nga wa katoa.

Monday, November 25, 2013


Maketu Heath & Social Services will be developing a mother’s support group for mothers and their babies in 2014.  Join our friendly environment where we can share experiences, gain friendships and wider support networks.  Meet once a week for coffee, share ideas, exchange baby clothes or products.
To express your interest contact Lyn at the Hauora.