‘He kōrero, he tohutohu whakamutunga nā te tangata i mua i tōna matenga’
Te Ōhākī represents the embodiment of the dying wish of Ngāpera Wi Kohika, a former staff member of Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Her request was that we should all learn from her experience in suffering from smoking related illnesses, which contributed directly to her loss of life.
Te Wānanga o Raukawa has committed to the goal of an entire student and staff population free from the irreversible effects of carcinogens, poisons and toxins contained within cigarettes and tobacco. Māori have suffered disproportionately from smoking related illnesses since tobacco first arrived in Aotearoa almost 200 years ago. As a tikanga and kaupapa based institution, we believe in the potential of Te Ōhākī to assume a greater level of rangatiratanga over our collective health and wellbeing.
We aim to provide those of our students who smoke with the support, tools and knowledge to be able to work towards a lifestyle that is totally free from smoking. Ultimately, our broader goal is that all Te Wānanga o Raukawa students and graduates will be in a strong position to positively influence whānau in making informed decisions around wellbeing and good health.