Whānau ora: Marjorie, Eva and Julia's story


Published 9 June 2022


Marjorie said that because of Julia's challenging behaviours, the whānau’s attention often centres on her. Keeping Julia safe means that Eva can sometimes feel neglected. Although no longer in lockdown, mum’s guilt lingers on and she worries how the confusion and uncertainty during lockdowns and the frustrations Eva experienced will impact on her long-term.

We asked Marjorie what we can do to support her whānau’s resilience. She asked if we can help them access a couple of animal-centred family attractions because Eva loves animals. She said that some colouring books, sketchbooks and crayons for each child would help support both girls’ interests. We also funded some sensory toys for Julia to help her self-soothe, while Eva received her own tablet to prevent future arguments over devices.

Through our partnership with Te Puni Kokiri, we were able to listen to the different ways whānau want to emerge from the stress and uncertainty of COVID. We are pleased that our skilled kaitūhono and outreach coordinators are able to support people to talk about their experiences and what they need to rebuild their wellbeing.