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Capacity Series

The Road to Resilience Forum

Thursday June 1st 9.00am - 4.30pm, Papakura Marae, Auckland

Nga Ngaru Capacity and Capability Building Series

The Road to Resilience  Forum

The Basics

  • Who should attend? Trusts, health and service providers, mental health providers, whanau and community groups, government agencies and departments 

  • Key question: What more can we be doing to improve Maori health, in particular, resilience and well being 


Welcome, Tēnā koe, Haere Mai!

What more can be done to ensure whānau are able to weather the storms of life and bounce back from hard times?

We invite you to 'The Road to Resilience' Symposium - explore and learn about the challenges and opportunities that arise from becoming truly resilient, by focusing on the wellsprings of resilience...

  • a staunch acceptance of reality;

  • a deep belief, often buttressed by strongly held values, that life is meaningful;

  • and an uncanny ability to improvise.

Bringing together key sector influencers and a wide range of participants, this one-day event promises not only a great speaker line up, but a series of challenging conversations and interactive learning labs where delegates will be able to connect for future collaborations.

Nga Ngaru recognises that health is a fundamental part of our socio-economic development which is why we are bringing together members and sector organisations into a one day forum to look at ways and means of bringing new ideas and thinking to the table. The forum will be Chaired by Mere Balzer (Chairperson of Ngangaru) who has extensive experience in the health sector, facilitated by Diane Tuari and Pam Armstrong (executive office of Ngangaru) and with guest contributor Matthew Tukaki (Ngai Te Rangi), Chair of Australia's National Coalition for Suicide Prevention and a Director of Suicide Prevention Australia. 

The agenda

  • 8.30 am - 9.00am: Registrations 

  • 9.00am - 9.15am: Whakatau  – Welcome 

  • 9.15am - 10.00am: Key Note – Matthew Tukaki: Chairman of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (Australia), Chairman of NewsNow and former Head of Drake International & Deakin University CSaRO "Why our economic future is key to our social well being and how we can get there." 

  • 10.00am- 10.30am: Morning Tea and Networking 

  • 10.30am - 11.10am: Speaker – Dr Katarina Simon: Dr Katarina Simon, is second doctorate candidate, tangata whaiora, mental health client with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and single parent carer of three adult sons, two of whom are high complex needs patients including schizophrenia, drug addiction, type one diabetes and PTSD.   

  • 11.15am - 11.55am: Speaker – George Ngatai QSM, Member  of the Board of the Counties Manukau District Health Board, Director of the Whanau Ora Clinic

  • 12.00 - 1.00pm:   Lunch and Networking 

  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm: Workshops (workshops will be run so people can attend both without missing one or the other): "Building resilient organisations" (Matthew Tukaki) & "Why quality matters & how to make sure you and your organisation are at the top of there game" (Pam Armstrong and Julie Starr)

  • 2.05pm - 2.15pm: Afternoon Tea 

  • 2.20pm - 3.20pm:  Workshops: "Building resilient organisations" (Matthew Tukaki) & "Why quality matters & how to make sure you and your organisation are at the top of there game" (Pam Armstrong and Julie Starr)

  • 3.25pm - 3.45pm: Group Reflection and where to from here

  • 3.45pm - 4.00pm:  Closing Remarks - Mere Balzer, Chair of Nga Ngaru

  • Karakia

Cost for attending:


$125 per person

Maximum number of attendees:




Papakura Marae, Auckland, New Zealand 

June 1st 2017

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