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Former Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui Paeārahi Strategic Lead Keri Opai led an initiative updating and creating Māori language used in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors, given the appetite for using te reo properly, correctly and with respect.
The project was called Te Reo Hāpai – The Language of Enrichment. This project researched and created Māori words and terms that adequately and accurately reflect the best use of Te Reo Māori in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors now and into the future.
Keri Opai won a TheMHS Award in the 2018 Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand in recognition of his contribution to excellence, innovation and best practice in mental health services, for the creation of Te Reo Hāpai.