Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

Mahi Rawe Fono (Webinar)

Our first fully online webinar in April 2020

Mahi Rawe Fono goes virtual!

At the beginning of 2020 the Disability Workforce Development virtual team discussed ways to promote the workshops and resources that Te Pou and Blueprint for Learning have to offer – to align the mahi from all three sectors – Disability, Mental Health and Addiction. To this end, we planned a one day fono to be held at a hotel in Auckland. 

Our plans had to change, of course, having been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We decided to change the way we delivered our fono, and ran it as a webinar! We were incredibly pleased to have 50 participants who joined us on the day to listen to nine presenters speak about the range of exciting initiatives, services and training managed by Te Pou and Blueprint for Learning. The webinar was wonderfully successful, given the short time in which we had to change the format and delivery. Thanks to everyone who attended and interacted with us during the fono; it was an amazing and enlightening experience. 

Welcome from Manase Lua and Kahurangi Fergusson-Tibble 




Let’s get real and Let’s get real: Disability (Trish Gledhill and Sue Sherrard)

Let’s get real: Real Skills for working with people and whānau with mental health and addiction needs and Let’s get real: Disability are frameworks that have been created to help the workforce meet the needs of people with lived experience of disability, addiction or mental health issues, our whānau and communities. This presentation introduces the frameworks and focuses on how they can be useful in workforce development settings.

Autism (John Vogenthaler)

Supporting and developing the disability workforce so that it has the capability, responsiveness and specialist skills to meet the needs of people with autism and their whānau.


Equally Well (Caro Swanson)

Equally Well is a group of people and organisations with the common goal of achieving physical health equity for people who experience mental health and addiction issues.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (Michelle Brewerton)

An evidence-based approach for the prevention, early identification and organisation of existing supports for those affected by FASD.


Disability grants (Tamara Fa’anana)

Grant funding is available for disability organisations, disabled people and their family/whānau to take part in workforce and leadership development activities


MH101® (Patrice Dennis)

Develop confidence to recognise, relate and respond to people experiencing mental health challenges. MH101® has been delivering excellence in mental health literacy training since 2008. Every workshop is run by expert facilitators who bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to the workshop delivery.


Sensory modulation (Gilbert Azuela)

Sensory modulation is becoming well embedded in some New Zealand mental health and addiction services and is proving to have a positive impact on service users’ experiences


Addiction 101 (Daphne Chan)

Addiction 101 is a one-day workshop designed to increase awareness and reduce stigma associated with addiction – both at work and in everyday life. It also provides valuable skills on how to look after your own health and wellbeing




For more information contact Susan Sherrard.