He Puna Whakaata: Therapeutic Activities To Guide Change

In 2016, Te Rau Matatini with the support of Andre McLachlan released He Puna Whakaata. Since this date over 300 mental health and addictions staff across the country have received training. 

He Puna Whakaata refers to a reflective pool and promotes the need for practitioners to be reflexive and in balance. It is a resource integrating Māori thought and knowledge for use in the clinical context. The therapeutic activities described in He Puna Whakaata are discrete activities; each with its own focus, however, there is a logical flow between them. Activities within the resource draw heavily on principles of motivational interviewing and a Te Whare Tapa Whā framework approach to make some aspects of mātauranga Māori more accessible to whānau engaged in change.

He Puna Whakaata is positioned within Te Hau Marire Strategy (2015-2025), which brought together the knowledge and experiences of Māori in the addiction treatment sector to provide guidance for the development of a competent workforce that will contribute to the minimisation of addiction-related harm and the achievement of Whānau Ora.

The He Puna Whakaata workshops have proven to be very popular, the next workshop is being held in Kirikiriroa on the 15th October and is already sold out.

For any enquiries about He Puna Whakaata contact: [email protected]

An understanding of motivational interviewing and proficient reo Māori pronunciation are the minimum requirements to attend a workshop.