░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ is completely embracing its name with a new website, URL and social media handles.
░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄, a UniServices business unit, has its roots in the Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, which was launched in 2003. In 2016, ÔÇśWerry Workforce ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ÔÇÖ emerged as a separate workforce arm of the once combined workforce, research and teaching entity that made up the original Werry Centre.
The name ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ was gifted by the Northern Regional Iwi Leaders Forum. ÔÇś░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ÔÇÖ is an early M─üori term for small temporary transportable huts to shelter gatherers of t─źt─ź - the muttonbird. ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ were constructed by using locally available resources such as m─ünuka, n─źkau, harakeke, etc.
░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ provided shelter and support for the workers, the hunters and those plucking and preparing the birds. In the same way, ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ moves about the country providing training and support to the workforce.
was a key part of gifting the name ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄. R─üwiri was kaum─ütua for ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ from 2003 until his passing in June 2021. He had extensive experience in the Child and Youth Mental Health field. Under the guidance of Matua R─üwiri, the ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ team was able to ensure all projects embraced principles and values of the Tiriti ┼Ź Waitangi and Wh─ünau Ora, to maintain strong alignment with M─üori Models of Care and approaches to wellbeing ÔÇô something we continue to strive to do.
Now, in memory of Matua R─üwiri, we are fully embracing our name, ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄. Our new website is . Not only has the URL changed, the site features many updates and easier-to-navigate functions. The organisationÔÇÖs Facebook and Twitter handles will also change to @wharaurau.┬á
There have been other major changes at ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ lately. Director Sue Dashfield has been seconded to the Ministry of Health as programme director, Health Workforce, in the Mental Health and Addiction Directorate. Abigail Milnes has been named as ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ acting director.
░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ also moved its head office recently to more spacious premises on City Road. The team had just two days to enjoy its new offices before the Level 4 lockdown was declared. However, the team is looking forward to an eventual return.
What remains unchanged is the work of ░┬│ˇ─ň░¨▓╣│▄░¨▓╣│▄ as a national centre for infant, child and youth mental health workforce development. Events are continuing online and resources continue to be updated regularly. To learn more, visit the or .