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Celebrating our Community Heroes

Kelly Feng, the National Director and the team have been nominated as the community heroes by the New Zealand government for its contribution during the pandemic toward the Asian community. Thank you for the acknowledgement. "The team of staff and volunteers at Asian Families Services (AFS) continues to provide counselling support and advice to diverse communities over the summer. During the lockdown, its services experienced a spike in demand on its Asian Helpline number, with many callers needing psychological, medical and informational support. Many clients are vulnerable, non-English...

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Hauora Hinengaro Karakia, tākina…

This karakia can be used for most occasions and ceremonies. It is a hybrid of ancient tradition with the inclusion of two health concepts, the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Te Whare Tapa Whā. The karakia was written by the Māori Development Specialist to incorporate a Māori World View on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in the form of a karakia (prayer). During this time was the Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) which incorporated Sir Mason Durie’s Hauora Model, Te Whare Tapa Wha hence it’s inclusion also in this karakia. This karakia is a perfect reminder to be conscious about self-care, to embrace...

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