Professor Sir Mason Durie and the Hon. Tariana Turia to speak in Whanganui
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13 September 2013
 
Guest speakers Professor Sir Mason Durie and the Hon. Tariana Turia are expected to be a big drawcard for many attending the opening of Mental Health Awareness Week (Te Whare Tapa Wha) on Monday 7 October.
 
Sir Mason and Mrs Turia will speak at 11am making the opening day very special, says Balance Whanganui manager Frank Bristol.
 
“They are, in my eyes, two people who have successfully implemented and spread ideas which have enabled our community to develop relationships that are healthier for all of us.
 
“Tariana and Mason are now informing an entire generation of the principles of how Whanau Ora and Te Whare Tapa Wha can be applied to our everyday lives. As Margaret Mead once said: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has’,”.
 
Whanganui’s Removing Barriers collective was responsible for inviting Sir Mason and Mrs Tariana to Whanganui. Removing Barriers is working hard to increase awareness in the community around mental health and addiction services and programmes available for tangata whaioro, their whanau and members of the public. 
 
The day begins with a 9.30am powhiri in Whanganui’s War Memorial Hall followed by an official opening by Mayor Annette Main and Mr Bristol at 10.45am. Finish time for the day is 2.30pm. Other events set down for the week include:
 
Tuesday 8 October
Two Hearing Voices workshops at Nga Tai O Te Awa, 142 Guyton St from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm. Contact Mel Maniopoto 349 0007 or 027 467 7084.
 
Wednesday 9 October
Whanau/family fun filled day with games, sports, swimming and a free sausage sizzle.
Splash Centre 10am to 2pm.
 
Thursday 10 October
Health and wellness promotional stalls which recognise the importance of Te Taha Hinengaro in relation to mental health and wellbeing.
Community House Conference Room, Ridgway Street 10am to 1pm.
 
Friday 11 October
Music, kapahaka, sausage sizzle and other entertainment.
Majestic Square 10.30am to 2.30pm.