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Monday the 14th of November saw the opening of Waimarie Whare in West Aucklands lovely Babich Vineyards area. The whare is a partnership between What Ever it Takes Trust and Housing New Zealand and is a “House of Hope” for whanau affected by Serious Injury resulting in complex disability. Waimarie offers whanau an alternative to residential living where they can be fully involved in the care, support and rehabilitation of their loved one. This includes the ability to be able to “stay together” as a whanau. Often whanau are forced into seperation due to the logistics of caring for someone with complex disability or whanau are unable to cope with the special care and 24/7 support that is required. Waimarie provides a solution for whanau to still be able to come together supported by an individual package of care in an environment that supports a values driven model of care.

The opening was attended by the Hon Minister Tariana Turia, Minister of Disability Issues, Buck Shelford (Patron of What Ever it Takes Trust) and Kaumatua Denis Hansen. It was a very emotionally charged day – that provided the space for whanau to have their korero about their journey and living with disability.

Thanks to Leah and Scott Donaldson from “An Eye for Art” and their tino ataahua art pieces, Huia Lloyd our amazing media liaison person, Doug and Gayla Andrews for the use of their Multi Kai Cooker for the hangi, John Small from Pak n Sav in Lincoln Road, Henderson for the donation of food, Wendyl Nissan the true GreenGoddess for the homemade detergents, the Ranui Tongan Baptist Church for the use of their tables and chairs, Papa Denis Hansen, WEITs kaumatua and all those who attended to support the lovely day.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

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