Reena Kainamu

Project lead

I’m of Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu and Pākehā whakapapa. I am a psychiatric nurse, FNZCMHN and an addictions practitioner with a PhD in Māori Health.  

In recent years I practised within NGOs in urban and regional settings. Prior to working with Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and Blueprint for Learning I worked in the corrections field in the intersection between whanau-that-offend and mental health and addictions.  

I’m in awe of people’s unconquerable mauri in beginning healing journeys and the commitment of practitioners to holding these spaces. Mauri mahi, mauri ora.    

Enlightenment is when a wave realises it is the ocean. 
–Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Current projects