We're excited to announce that as of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo that you will begin to see more often. Our website will be rebuilt over the coming months, to be more focused on ease of access to our resources and knowledge. Read more here

We're excited to announce that as of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo that you will begin to see more often. Our website will be rebuilt over the coming months, to be more focused on ease of access to our resources and knowledge. Read more here

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. 

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