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Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi establishes the unique and special relationship between iwi, Māori and the Crown.

Piringa considers the Treaty of Waitangi principles of partnership, proactive protection of Māori health interests, co-operation and participation, to be implicit conditions of the nature in which the Trust responds to Māori mental health and addiction issues.

Te Whare Tapa Whā and Takarangi Models of Care

Adopting Te Whare Tapa Whā and Takarangi gives a meaningful and practical contribution to the vision of “Building passionate, proactive and resourceful people”.

The model of Te Whare Tapa Whā describes “what” are the goals, aspirations and dreams of the person and Takarangi provides the framework for “how” these are to be achieved and what support Piringa is able to provide for that person.

The integration of Te Whare Tapa Whā and Takarangi best practice also provides a systemic mechanism to achieve our mission.  Te Whare Tapa Whā is also a framework for staff to maintain their own wellbeing.

If we as staff are healthy according to the four domains of mind, body, spirit, family and connections; it further enhances our ability to deliver this approach to tangata whaiora and whānau through empathy and understanding.

The adoption of Takarangi Competency Framework accurately echoes the values and principles of the Trust in a meaningful and significant way.

* Te Whare Tapa Whā – courtesy of  Sir Mason Durie.

* Takarangi Competency Framework – courtesy of Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui .

We operate with a view to the future, a future which encourages hope, self-reliance, community integration and promotes mental health awareness.

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Six-bedroom house as well as a house converted to a office and 2 two-bedroom flats on Malfroy Road

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“I’m pretty grateful to be at Karldon because I have found myself again”

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“Keep good communication with respect, fair treatment, dignity & independence, proper standards, information, it’s your decision, support, teaching & research & complaints. Keeping well with whānau and staff. As a Māori mental health consumer for 30 years being a whaiora/client”