Wi Te Tau Huata began his journey through different institutions and from the early days of ANOPS (Aotearoa Network of Psych Survivors) and continues to advocate for lived experience people today. He says his passion is to help others to reclaim their mana motuhake.
He referred to an interview on Māori Television’s Te Ao with Moana with Tame Iti. “I liked what she said ‘it’s about choice’.”
“It’s up to you, for me I wouldn’t have a job if I didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccination. You have to weigh it up for yourself. I am not saying that you should or shouldn’t what are your circumstances. Does it limit you if, you do? Or don’t? To me that is, especially for whānau whaiora, they don’t often get a choice.”
Wi Te Tau says his beliefs in karakia, pono, tika, aroha, and ngākau māhaki allows him to honour his tīpuna. These beliefs also help him in his role as advocate on behalf of whānau Māori who have accessed mental health services, whether willingly or under the Mental Health Act.
He mentors and supports whānau Māori to recover from their distress or trauma and reach their full potential. He said his greatest role is being a great Dad to his children, and Koro to his grandchildren, and ensuring they have all the love and support they need.
Wi Te Tau said: “It’s not an easy choice, as it’s all a part of your recovery – the truth we speak, and the treatment we received. The more you talk about it the easier it gets. Don’t lock it away and be okay with it. Talk to the people you trust.”
See the preview video with Wi Te Tau Huata on YouTube.
See the full video with Wi Te Tau Huata on YouTube.