Cycling for our first responders - It's Ok

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The purpose of this cycle is to raise awareness of PTSD within the NZ emergency service community.


From the 25th March 2022 (starting at Cape Egmont) to the 8th April 2022 (finishing at East Cape) a small group of riders made up of current and past emergency service personnel will cycle the Kōpiko Aotearoa Trail. Kōpiko Aotearoa is 1,060 kilometres long, and it follows a combination of gravel and sealed country roads, cycle trails and paths across the widest stretch of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The purpose of ‘The Journey’ is to:

- Firstly, raise awareness of PTSD and the support available within the New Zealand emergency service community, and

- Secondly, to raise funds for Te Kiwi Māia

Based on their own experiences, members of the riding group will share the message that “It’s OK” (to talk, to listen, to cry, to seek help).

Over the next two months we will:

- Introduce you to the team, the organisations we are supporting, the organisations supporting us

- Share our preparation for the journey and the journey itself

- Highlight some of the facts, information and stories that will show you why this is such an important issue

- Provide information for where to go and seek help (It's Ok, really!!)

We hope you join us and follow us on this Journey and get as much out of it as we will.

About us

Providing rehabilitation, recovery and respite to our people, who - as a result of their role in safeguarding and caring for New Zealanders - have physical or psychological injuries.

Use of funds

Our first responders and NZDF personnel. Te Kiwi Maia are taking away 12 first responders for a week of respite in May 2022.

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Wellness Week May   2 June 2022

We have been planning for the past year our first wellness retreat where we take away some of our First Responders and NZDF personnel. With lots of help and advice from specialists, support from the organisations and fundraising we were able to take a group of 12 away last week to a gorgeous location for some much needed support and time out.

We are so thankful and blessed to these amazing people who look after us daily, and to be able to look after them is why we set up in the first place. Thank you St John, Fire and Emergency and the Royal New Zealand Navy for trusting us with your people.

Thank you also to our Give-a-Little supporters for your kind donations. We were able to put your funds towards this retreat, and we hope to be able to run another one before the end of the year.

To our Te Kiwi Māia Pioneers - thank you for leading the way, embracing the week and helping shape the support and services we will provide into the future. It is an honour to have you as part of our Te Kiwi Māia Family.

"For me this week was a godsend. I have been struggling like many others with maintaining positive mental wellbeing due to work stressors and have more recently been suffering the effects of burnout. This got me to a point where a month ago I couldn’t see how I could continue to be any part of this organisation without it destroying me or my family and was resigned to the fact that I would have to leave the organisation.

Attending the Te Kiwi Māia programme has had a truly profound effect on my physical and mental wellbeing that is hard to put into words.

I am now more positive towards change, feel more in control of my emotions and actions, more connected to loved ones, more resilient to trauma, more accepting of differences, a greater sense of self worth, and have had a huge improvement in my overall wellbeing.

I feel the happiest and healthiest I have been in a long time which has definitely been noticed by workmates and more importantly my whanau.

But best of all the week has taught me the warning signs when my wellbeing is regressing and effective tools and processes that with practice will help keep me well for years to come. " - TKM PIONEER

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Te Araroa Fenz
Te Araroa Fenz on 10 Apr 2022
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Thanks team for your support and the work you do!! :-)

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Richard on 07 Apr 2022
Great effort. Great cause.
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Thanks Richard for the donation and support.

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Guest Donor on 07 Apr 2022
Kia Kaha boys
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Thanks for the support and donation :-)

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Margaret on 06 Apr 2022
I have been following your journey from the start. What courage! I have loved seeing the parts of New Zealand you have passed through. Thank you.
Te Kiwi Māia

Thanks Margaret for your support and kind donation. :-)

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Paul on 04 Apr 2022
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Thanks Paul for your donation!!! :-)

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This campaign started on 8 Feb 2022 and ended on 12 Apr 2022.