Lifewise in Rotorua offers Mental Health and Addiction Services. Our recovery-focused live-in programme for adults is called Te Ara Ora, the Pathway to Wellness. It helps people connect with their whānau and their community.
Our therapeutic programmes enrich the journey
We support residents on their journeys through mental health and addiction with our therapeutic programmes Hinengaro, Tinana, Whānau, and Wairua. These programmes ease the challenge of being in a new environment with new people.
The ‘Tinana’ component incorporates elements of building self-esteem, group support and individual fitness gain. This daily programme emphasizes to participants that anyone, anywhere and anyhow can look after their wellness outside of medication. Delivered to residents from qualified personal trainers, each resident is supported to work towards improved physical health.
The Tinana Programme includes:
– Daily physical and recreational activities
– A professional fitness trainer
– Individual and group fitness regime
– Access to the swimming pool and tennis courts
– Access to the local gym and bush walks
The ‘Whānau’ concept helps participants work as a group, whānau, to achieve recovery goals by having each other’s back. Lifewise offers a safe, supervised environment infused with whakawhānaungatanga and manaakitanga. Our communal living environment welcomes shared living and shared journeys.
Whānau challenges the isolation experienced by many residents who arrive with minimal support and fear socialising with new people. Both new clients and returning clients develop Tuākana and Tēina relationships that offer extra support to people in their journeys.
The Whānau programme includes:
– Daily whānaungatanga engagement
– Whānau visits every weekend
– Māra kai development and maintenance
– Full participation in maintaining the houses and recreation area
– Tuākana and Tēina relationships for pre- and post-treatment clients
The Wairua programme weaves spirit throughout our entire service. We bring Wairua with daily prayer and as a synergy between residents in the form of pride and value.
The Wairua programme includes:
– Karakia to open and close each day
– Compulsory participation so residents can understand the importance of spiritual connection for self and others
– Participation in meal preparation and sharing meals with whānau
– Weekly music programme
Pounamu taonga allow participants to take pride in their mahi
Māori view taonga (treasures) as their ancestors, so how they are presented and treated is very important. Taonga have been a common sight over centuries, and whānau/hapū and Iwi have passed down pieces through generations to preserve mana and mauri.
There are many forms of taonga, and they often depict kaitiaki (guardians) and symbolic places to enhance connection, purpose and belongingness.
The residents of Lifewise Rotorua were each gifted a piece of pounamu (greenstone) to design their own taonga (treasure). This unique opportunity has encouraged residents to dig deep, research their ancestry and detail a piece that is meaningful and special. Our residents are not all of Māori descent, but they all have their own beautiful cultural history, and this piece resonates with their Wairua (spirit) and recovery journey.
Jim Wicklife (Programme Support Worker) works closely with them all to encourage creativity, hope and purpose. Residents are invited to show their pieces to staff, whānau/family and support people at a special presentation. They will share this extraordinary spiritual journey to enlighten and inspire others.