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  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

      1 October 2021

    Rebecca Nelson asked some local heroes to share what they think the public should know about mental wellbeing in their jobs. Join us this Mental Health Awareness Week and show your support to New Zealand’s first responders and NZDF by sharing this video and becoming a friend of Te Kiwi Māia here:

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  • Top Six - Westfield Local Heroes - Albany

      10 August 2021
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    Kia ora Team,

    Finally, we can announce that Rebecca has made it into the Top Six of Westfield Local Heroes, Albany Competition.

    The outcome of the community vote will determine the final 3 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Albany, who will each be awarded a grant of $10,000 for their affiliated organisations to continue their community work.

    If we are successful, Te Kiwi Māia will use the funds to take a group of first responders and New Zealand Defence Force away for a week of respite next year.

    We would love your help!! Spread the word to all your friends, family and community to help drum up votes.

    One vote per email address and it can be from all around NZ.

    Link below for voting details.

    A massive thank you to Megan and James for the nomination and to everyone else who was called on to help with references.

    Lets get this $10,000!!!

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  • May Update

      23 May 2021
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    Just like that we are already in May!

    We started the year off with a bang and were part of 'SeePort – Ports of Auckland' where we teamed up with the New Zealand Defence Force. Meeting crowds of thousands, we introduced them to who Te Kiwi Māia is and sold our cool merchandise. We were located in a side opening container, which we decked out with our merch, house plants and Harry & Larry (our Tactical Solutions models). Our favourite part was our photo wall where we had a variety of NZDF and first responder uniforms for children to dress up in.

    In March we held our second wellness workshop with our affiliated organisations, returning to the stunning Huntly House. It was great to have everyone back with some new faces involved as well (Auckland Rescue Helicopter joined us this time!). We were able to have an informative debrief about how each of the organisations are faring and where Te Kiwi Māia can focus our energy to assist. We had the talented Navy Chef Dani Swart helping to feed the troops, and were surprised by a quick pop in from the one and only Buck Shelford! We will be having another two more workshops this year.

    October this year will be the first ever ‘Armed Forces & Emergency Services Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition' where we are the chosen charity. Funds from the competition will be going towards Te Kiwi Māia, as well as money raised by individual competitors via personal Give-a-Little pages. We are really looking forward to supporting this event and watching everyone compete.

    Our T-Shirts are selling well and we recently released our pin and a wrist band, which you can purchase on our website.

    Thank you so much for all of your support for our people and their families. This year is going to be a big one for Te Kiwi Māia and you can expect to see and hear more from us in the media, raising awareness of why we have been established and what we hope to achieve in the future.

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  • Is there an event you've been involved in that you will always remember?

      19 February 2021

    We filmed Rebekah from St John and Barry from Fire and Emergency NZ back in June 2020 along with Josh (St John) and Cherie (NZ Army). We asked them all types of questions and this one was a tough one.

    We are very grateful to them for opening up to us and being so honest. Our first responders do so much to keep us safe and this goes to show they never forget.

    Thank you to all our first responders and NZDF personal for the job you do everyday!

    #NZDF #Firstresponders #NZPolice #FENZ #StJohn #WellingtonFree #CoastGuards #SurfLifeSaving #RescueHelicopter

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  • Merry Christmas

      20 December 2020
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    Dear Friends and Supporters,

    As we all start to wind down for Christmas, we just want to take a moment to say a huge thank you for your support over the past year. Whether you brought a t-shirt, shared our Facebook page, donated to us, or talked about our cause to friends and family, we are so incredibly grateful for your support.

    Even though it has been a challenging year, we were excited to achieve a big milestone by holding our first "Wellness Workshop" with our organisations’ wellness experts. We have some big plans for 2021 and will make sure we keep you updated.

    We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and take some time to rest, recharge and enjoy our amazing kiwi summer.

    A very special thank you to those who are working through the holiday period, doing an incredible job to look after us and protect us - we appreciate you all! The below quote really resonates with us, we understand the sacrifices you make and the challenges you face at this time of year.

    "This is going to be a tough week for first responders. This week we will respond to car wrecks filled with bodies and Christmas gifts, we will respond to cardiac arrests during family dinners, we will respond to suicides for the people where this isn't the happiest time of year. We will respond to drug overdoses, murders and sexual assaults......and when our shift is over we'll return to our families, act like none of it happened and try to enjoy the holiday season. Let's stick together this week everyone and be safe. " - DanSun

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  • Wellness Workshop

      23 November 2020
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    On the 9th/10th November we held our very first wellness workshop! We were very fortunate to utilise Huntly House as our stunning venue for this two day event.

    The purpose of this workshop was to bring wellness representatives together from across the various organisations in a unique opportunity to collaborate, share their knowledge/experience, find out what others are doing well and where they might be facing similar challenges.

    It was also a great opportunity for us to share our vision for Te Kiwi Māia and allow them to provide some guidance on the areas they see us being able to add the greatest value.

    This would not have been possible if it wasn't for all your kind donations. We really appreciate

    your support and help to spread the word of Te Kiwi Māia.

    Thank you to all who attended and for your outstanding contribution and making this an incredibly successful event.

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  • TKM Video - What do the public not release you go through everyday?

      26 September 2020

    Earlier this year we caught up with some amazing first responders & NZDF personnel for a Q&A session. Some of the questions were pretty tough and the answers were open, honest and raw.

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so we are going to share some short video clips on the topic, featuring their stories, hearing about some of the challenges they face in their role and also finding out what techniques work well for them.

    Today's video features Barry from FENZ and Josh from St John discussing dealing with a traumatic incident.

    Thank you to the orgnisations for you support and to Barry and Josh for being apart of this. To Huntly house for sharing your beautiful home and to Fraser at 10,000 Dreams for filming.

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  • T-shirt pre-sale

      8 July 2020
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    We are just too excited to wait any longer! We have decided to take pre-sales on our awesome new TKM t-shirt.

    We reached out to the very talented artist Renee Thyne, who also happens to work full time in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. We gave her our brief and she came up with this beautiful design.

    "My idea for the design was to promote mental wellness. The helmets represent the heads of our responders and the heart not only represents the health of those personnel but the support of the person wearing the shirt.” - Renee Thyne

    Help us spread the word - tell all your family and friends! All profits go to TKM in support of our first responders and NZDF personnel.

    Thanks to everyone involved for making this happen and to our wonderful models from the RNZN.

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