Self Management – Whakamana Hauora

Do you suffer from pain and/or a long-term condition?

Would you like to attend a free programme held over six weeks, local to the community, that can assist you with your daily living?

This is a programme designed for Northlanders, and specific to Northland.

When you attend you will meet others from the community who also have pain and/or a long-term condition.  It’s a great way to share your own experiences with a group of a similar nature.

You will learn the:

  • Importance of being your own self manager
  • Using the self-management skills that will help you live successfully with your pain or long-term condition not just for every day but for your entire life.
  • Understand your condition/pain
  • How it affects your physical and mental health and those around you
  • Communicating your unique situation, experiences to health professionals
  • From the self-management tool box skills to:
    • deal with your pain or long-term condition
    • continue a normal life
    • deal with emotions

= the beginning to start enjoying a healthier, happier and more normal life each and every day

Learning and understanding:

    • Making an action plan – setting goals
    • Making a medication list
    • Healthy eating – food diary
    • Moving easy programme  – non strenuous but active exercises
    • Communication
    • Making decisions

‘Whakamana Hauora’ {promoting wellness} is the Northland branding name for the self-management programme, provided by Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation for promoting wellness using the “Long Term Health Conditions and/or Pain Self-Management programme” under licence to Stanford University, United States of America that created the programme with information from patients and health professionals who have all participated in this.

What is Self-Management?

“The individual’s ability to manage the symptoms, treatment, physical and social consequences and lifestyle changes inherent in living with pain or a long-term condition”

Self-management is for anyone who has a long-term health condition(s) that may include but is not limited to pain, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, mild to moderate depression, by gaining skills in self-management, and promoting wellness through ownership of your own health and well-being.

This includes those who are carers of a person with pain or a long-term condition.

You will be part of a supportive group where personal goals are set and strategies put in place to achieve them.  You will also receive resources to help you as you go.

Groups are between 10 – 20 people of all ages, from all walks of life, and local to the community.

It is a programme made up of 3 hour sessions, once a week, for 6 concurrent weeks. 

This may include time provided from a dietician (supermarket tours/label reading/healthy food), Green Prescription (for exercise), Manawa Ora (healthy homes), Oranga Kai (healthy food/eating) facilitators.

Full benefits of the programme are gained by attendance at the six sessions.

2018 Programmes

Location Date Venue Time
Kerikeri 13 June to 15 July (inclusive) TTTPHO Office, 2 Clark Road, Kerikeri 10 am – 12.30 pm
Kaikohe 7 August – 9 September (inclusive) Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Broadway and Hongi Street, Kaikohe 10 am – 12.30 pm
Paihia dates to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed

What will you learn?

You will learn how to manage the condition(s) so that life can be enjoyed and the things you enjoy doing can be achieved whilst finding solutions that are right for you, learning about medication, sleep, diet, exercise, setting goals and taking steps that lead to self-managing your condition.

You can apply through your medical practice, WINZ, ACC or you can refer yourself onto the programme  – you don’t have to wait for your doctor to refer you.

To apply email or phone the Whakamana Hauora co-ordinator: email: or phone 09 407 3581.


Referrals are to be sent to: email: or fax 09 407 3571, phone 09 407 3581 attention Whakamana Hauora Co-ordinator.

Provide your/client’s full name and a contact phone number, and an email address with a preferred location for attending a programme.

After referral has been received

A facilitator will be in touch to discuss the programme further.

If you would like more information, contact the Whakamana Co-ordinator and they will provide you with all the information you need.

Self Management facilitator

Would you like to be a self management facilitator?


To become a fully trained facilitator you will need to participate in the self management four day facilitator workshop, so that on completion of this workshop you will be able to assist and provide where and when required, self management (Whakamana Hauora) training together with another fully trained facilitator and/or master trainer.


As a volunteer you agree to:

  • Attend on the agreed days and times.
    – Participate fully in the four day facilitator’s workshop
    – Maintain confidentiality at all times
    – You agree will not be paid for your time for this four day workshop, however we will provide you with professional development, paid travel expenses, lunch and resources required for you to complete this course.

We are looking at holding a facilitator’s training workshop early 2018.

If you are interested call us on 09 407 3581, or email: and we can provide you with more information.