The ‘Patch’ for Whānau Ora!

The 'Patch' for Whanau Ora

I am a father of six and a grandfather of four who was raised in a gang for over 30 years. I have recently given up my patch for Whānau Ora – I want a better life for my family and I!

I know what I’ve done to my kids. Today, I am trying to make a difference in my life so that they can have a better father. It’s like I have to find myself, to know what whānau is. This is a whole learning thing for me and I have to sit back before I say something.

I have to clean myself first before I can journey on further. It’s so hard for me to not go back and think those things. I slip back into that world. There’s something that pulls me back.

I had to get rid of that so that I could see. I was ready for Whānau Ora!

My plans are to learn my reo and whakapapa, to continue with my counselling and to work toward becoming a leader of support groups to help others like me.

I want to heal my own self first and start loving the people that are close to me and try to get some forgiveness for the people I have hurt, and there’s a hell of a lot of them to make peace with.

What drives me is seeing my kids and grandchildren. It’s an ugly world that I was mixed up in. I want life to be as beautiful for them as possible.

My advise to researchers is…

Listen first. I know it’s a hard thing to listen to all the raruraru in me. It can put your ears on fire – all the things I’ve been through. But I need you to listen first.

Community Research


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