Healing and loss through storytelling

February 20th, 2019

We all need support in times of grief or loss. In collaboration with Strathmore Community Centre and Kahungunu Whānau Services, Mary Potter Hospice is running free sessions to help people dealing with grief and loss.

“Grief is a normal natural process of healing. Hearing stories can help us draw on the past, make sense of now and live in the future how we’d like,” says Vanessa Eldridge from Mary Potter Hospice (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine). “Come and listen to some very special storytellers share wisdom from their worlds.”

The details
Location: Strathmore Park Community Centre, 108 Strathmore Avenue
Dates: 27 February, 6, 13, 20 and 27 March, from 9.30-11am
Cost: It is free to attend and a light kai will be provided

All are welcome,  grab a friend and join us. For further details please phone/text Toni on 021 0279 1402.

Speaker profiles


Kii (Winston) Small

The Co-Founder of Mapmo and the creator of the youth storytelling operation, The SaySoProject. Originating from Kaitaia, Kii came to Wellington to pursue an education at Victoria University in 2015. Since then, Kii has had the pleasure of working alongside the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters during Youth Parliament, and other ‘game changers’ in the Youth Development sector. Storytelling is an under-utilised tool in New Zealand that can solve our most harrowing, yet simple issues. Kii’s mission is to provide an innovative platform for young people to contribute to the working solutions addressing the issues that affect them the most in Aotearoa

Arihia Latham

Arihia is a writer who has been published in two Huia anthologies, and her poetry has been read as part of  Lit Crawl, at the Adam Art gallery writers in situ and she was recently keynote speaker for World Maternal Mental Health PADA Seminar.

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace is a major New Zealand novelist, short story writer and children’s writer. She is of Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa descent, and is affiliated to Ngati Porou by marriage. Grace began writing early, whilst teaching and raising her family of seven children. Shehas since won many national and international awards, including the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for fiction, the Deutz Medal for Fiction, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (widely considered the most prestigious literary prize after the Nobel). A deeply subtle, moving and subversive writer, Grace received in 2007 a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature.

Tau Huirama

Tau Huirama has more than 20 years professional experience as a cultural supervisor, coach, mentor and facilitator of crucial conversations. He provides trustworthy, wise and knowledgeable cultural and bi-cultural advice and support to Maori and non-Maori seeking to deliver the best possible results for their Maori clients and stakeholders.  Tau is an inspirational indigenous, cultural and spiritual story teller and public speaker with wide life and cultural experience that provides him with deep rich and entertaining stories to share.  This includes insights into his spiritual energy healing journey and life growing up in a Maori whanau in the heart of Tainui.  Tau has recently published a book called “Walking with Tupuna”.

Rahera Rapira-Davies

Story telling is a tradition in my family, a way to remember and learn from other. It is how I make connections to people, places and events. It is how I make sense of the world. Ko Rahera te ingoa. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.