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Sensing Bros

Phil, Wiremu and Jenkins  present  positive conversations that delve into the  several issues impacting on wellbeing from a positive  psychology perspective with culturally informed lens. 

With backgrounds  as counsellors, educators, social workers, researchers , youth workers and event coordinators a rich blend of insights into personal and social wellbeing are presented.

Sensing Bros  also explores wairua, spirituality and the supernatural as  integral to  living well. 

The programme encourages intergenerational conversations and communication with parents and young people, teachers, youth workers and project coordinators of prosocial events. Young people share their  points of view on diverse topics, including friendships, relationships and future aspirations. We are natural buzz promoters committed to life-styles that promote, and sustain lifestyles of freedom  from alcohol and drug and gambling related harm.

The show presents  a blend of local musicians, spoken word poetry and discusses creative initiatives in our city .  “Gravitate to the love.”

Proudly sponsored by Mapu Maia - a holistic service to individuals, families and communities that is culturally appropriate and effective.

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Sensing Bros-20-11-2018 Whanau resilience in action. Fathers and sons - acceptance, disappointments, forgiveness and breaking the cycles of rejections.
Rawiri Maniapoto talks about how he discovered freedom from unforgiveness towards his father, a gang member, and the violence he had inflicted on their whanau. The rejection and anger gripped his life and influenced his unhealthy choices during his formative years stealing some opportunities in sports and education that, as a talented young person, he was offered . Forgiving his father has become a key to the man and father he has become today. Ra has worked in the youth development field in alternative education, and currently is in a leadership role as the Pou of a kaupapa Maori residential intensive rehabilitation programme (Mauri Ora -He Waka Tapu). Ra and Hira and their children have broken the proverbial cycle of violence and are raising their children in an environment of security, purpose, and faith. Ra and Phil also try to imitate the audible voice of God albeit with limited success.
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Sensing Bros-16-10-2018 A Moment In Our Pasifika Stories of Wellbeing
As we await the Mental Health And Addiction Inquiry report here’s an insiders view on Pasifika Addiction and Mental health issues . Every year there is an Annual Caucus pre- the Cutting edge Conference (which has been happening since 1997) in September is held. Drua coordinate this fono –. Drua is a national voluntary Pasifika Addiction network. This year we met in Rotorua with support from DAPAANZ and Le Va , and the Health Promotion Agency to host another Pasifika gathering . The morning Session: A wonderful panel kicked off the day MC by Saveatama Eroni Clarke . Pesio Ah Honi (Key note speaker for the conference ) gives an brief overview of MapuMaia and Gambling related harm and Gerhart Berking aka Bom talks about his research on gaming and Gambling among Pasifika young people Apollo Taito (Pasifika Senior Mental Health and Addiction lead with Le Va : Pasifika Workforce Development Programme ,) and Claire Aitken Director of Moana House in Dunedin - a well established Therapeutic Community with several Pasifika Staff and whaiora their highlights and insights . Our thanks to all those who contributed and participated a mana enhancing gathering
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Sensing Bros-19-06-2018 The Heart of Pacific Leadership
An interview with Pesio Ah Honi - Mational Director of Mapu Maia, Problem Gambling Foundation.
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Mapu Maia was established in 2009 to provide education and clinical interventions to help raise awareness of problem gambling and reduce the harms within the Pacific community
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