2016 has been a huge year all round! Like any year there has been a mixture of highs and lows. I think we were all taken by surprise by “Brexit” in June, and Donald Trump becoming the 45th US president last month. Not to mention of course that we now have a new Prime Minister, the Honorable Bill English. We sadly said farewell to some famous faces such as David Bowie, Ronnie Corbett, Prince, Muhummad Ali and Gene Wilder – and of course New Zealand’s own pop pioneer Ray Colombus. But in happier moments we were delighted on screen by “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” – another of Taika Waititi's films which included him appearing as a priest presiding over a ridiculous funeral in possibly the year’s funniest cameo role! The Rio Olympics kept us glued to our screens to watch New Zealand bring home 18 medals (our best result to date) and across more sports than ever before. Speaking of sports, who could forget our All Blacks and that wonderful new world record of 18 consecutive wins!
We’ve been chalking up wins here at Te Pou too and with the New Year approaching it’s a great time to look back over some of the highlights. If you missed any of our big moments you can catch up on them here.
- Influencing policy and putting policy into action - The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment & Treatment) Bill, SA(CAT)
- International drug policy initiatives – attendance at the UN General Assembly and Commission on Narcotic Drugs
- Tahatū Rangi symposium October 2016
- Winning a five-year Disability Workforce Development contract
- Building a better world internationally through outcomes and information
- IIMHL Country leaders meeting in Washington – which eventually lead to an interview on Breakfast TV!
- Leadership that improves the health of people with a serious mental illness – the Equally Well programme picked up two awards this year, TheMHS innovation and excellence and the top prize at the 4th World Congress on Integrated Care
- Acknowledging, celebrating and promoting the Māori workforce
- Te Pou turned ten years old... Reflecting on how our past shapes our future
- New suicide prevention guidelines for EDs can improve care for those at risk
- Putting Let’s get real assessment tools online – Real Skills
- Highlighting the mental health and addiction needs of Deaf people
- Building understanding to improve women’s wellbeing – See through our eyes
- Reflecting the best use of Te Reo Māori in our sectors - the Te Reo Hāpai project
- TheMHS 2016 - Reflecting on People: Authenticity starts in the heart
- Online grants portal launched
- Successful launch of the national Safe Practice Effective Communication training programme
- Happy first birthday ADOM
- Supporting alternatives to the use of seclusion and restraint
- Skills Matter continues to support our workforce
Phew - and that was just the highlights! We'll be back in 2017, supporting with growing and developing your workforce.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.