March 4, 2022, 3:57 p.m.
COVID-19 has taken its toll on all ages. How we survive isolation differs depending on your age, your environment, your support system, wellbeing and how well equipped your coping mechanisms toolbox may be.
Janet McConnell (Dance Therapy) and Katie Pureti (Music Therapy) of 'Mauri Tui Tuia' have been delivering holistic tools needed to equip whanau during these challenging times.
The very first workshop for Tai Tokerau was held at Ngapae Holiday Park in February, in partnership with the Ngai Takoto COVID-19 Response team and will continue on a monthly basis with the next one set for April 2022. A clear need for such an initiative was expressed by those in attendance.
"We have a daughter who has special gifts, we treat her no different to anybody else. We shouldn't be shy of reaching out for support. A workshop like this shows us that there is support out there and we need to make use of them. This workshop was really refreshing and brought to light many issues that are being faced by many due to COVID-19" said Sandra Waaka (Ngai Takoto), a participant in Wednesdays workshop alongside her daughter Crystal-Rose.
For more information on Mauri Tui Tuia, visit their website: https://www.maurituituia.com/