It was an amazing feeling to see Kapiti island from Kotiata beach near Whanganui and for it to really seep into my bones just how far I have walked and how close to the finish of the Hikoi I am!
For most of the Hikoi my costs have been fairly minimal, mainly food and communication costs and some 50/50 funding of equipment and clothing with very little spent on accommodation.
At the end of March I decided to use the donation from Tushita Charitable Trust to pay Miriam Larsen-Barr a small stipend for coordinating and helping promote the remainder of the events. This has proved invaluable already in events happening that wouldn’t have otherwise and having timely publicity for the remainder.
Over the past month or so I have needed to spend more on accommodation and have had some transport and hireage costs, so the funds have dropped considerably lately. I would very much like to be able to make a generous donation to Hearing Voices Network NZ as a hugely worthwhile charity, doing valuable work of the kind so very much needed to truly aid and empower recovery. http://www.hearingvoices.org.nz/
Adrienne Giacon (Auckland coordinator of HVNANZ) has put in countless hours behind the scenes, with this blog site and organizing our main fund-raiser in Auckland.
Maybe there are some of you who have been intending all along to give some financial support to the Hikoi…even if you are able to contribute a small a/p until petition presentation on June 11th, this would still be greatly appreciated….
HIKOI A/C 38-9006-0205358-03

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Open Dialogue evening in Wellington May 27th with Jaana Castella and Annie Chapman



Are pleased to host an educational evening on

Image“OPEN DIALOGUE” with Jaana Castella.

an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crises developed by Jaakko SeikkulaMarkku Sutela, and their multidisciplinary team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. Jaana is a psychiatric nurse from the Region of Sjaelland who trained in the “Open Dialogue” technique with Jaako Seikkula and Tom Anderson in 1999 and has been working with people with psychosis using this method and educating others in the techniques.


Fundamental to the approach is the shift away from an immediate emphasis on trying to eradicate symptoms.   The conversation, or dialogue, is not “about” the person, but a way of “being with” them and living through the crisis together.  What Tom Andersen M.D. called “withness practices” mitigates the sense of isolation and distance a frightening episode can produce and leads to a path of recovery.

Starting in the eighties, there have been a variety of research studies of Open Dialogue and its outcomes with early psychosis.The results consistently show that this approach reduces hospitalization, the use of medication, and recidivism when compared with treatment as usual. For example, in a five-year study, 83% of patients had returned to their jobs or studies or were looking for a job (Seikkula et al. 2006), In the same study, 77% did not have any residual symptoms. Such outcomes led the Finnish National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health to award a prize recognizing the Keropudas group for “the ongoing development of psychiatric care over a period of ten years.”                                                                     http://www.dialogicpractice.net/open-dialogue%E2%84%A0/

See a video trailer about the Open Dialogue method here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBjIvnRFja4


talking about her Hikoi for Healthy Choices for those with mental illness.  Annie has been walking from Cape Reinga to Wellington to raise awareness of the need for the government to provide better options for those diagnosed with mental illness. Open Dialogue  is one of the treatment options Annie would like to see implemented in New Zealand.  Come and hear about why Annie is walking, and sign her petition for change.


When: 6.30 to 8.30 PM Monday 27th May 2013

Where: Newtown Community Center, cnr of Colombo and Rintoul Sts, Newtown Wellington.

Cost: $20 for waged , Gold coin Koha for Unwaged. We are a registered charity. These fees will help pay expenses, and support sending our members to the World  Voices Congress in Melbourne this year.

Bookings: Call Lize  021 049 0887  or Adrienne at 0272650266 or email: info@hearingvoices.org.nz  for a registration form. Please note spaces are limited. You will need to book.

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Upcoming Dates and towns.

Hi all, here are tentatively my upcoming dates. Will let you know if they change 🙂

May 15th: Event Palmerston North 
Thursday 23rd: Otaki   
Saturday 25th Sunday 26th: Coastal track Waikanae – Paekakariki with banner
Monday 27th:  Hearing Voices Betwork Joint event with Jaana Satu Castella about “Open Dialogue techniques” at 6.30pm Newtown Community Center, Wellington. 
Wednesday 29th: Wellington community Hikoi event
Thursday 30th: Raumati Hikoi event at Te Ara Korowai
Friday 31st: Walk Paekakariki – Pukerua Bay
Saturday June 1st: Pukerua Bay – Porirua with banner
Sunday 2nd: Colonial Knob walkway Porirua – Mt Kaukau
Monday 3rd: Porirua Hikoi event
Wednesday 5th/Thursday 6th: Events/ meetings/media/mini hikoi New Plymouth 
Sunday 9th: Walk Mt Kaukau- Botanical Gardens with banner
Tuesday 11th: Walk from Botans to Parliament in  morning to present petition at lunchtime Hikoi picnic. Hooray!!!
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Along the Whanganui

sitting by the river

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Eaves of one of the whares at Koriniti marae

Eaves of one of the whares at Koriniti marae

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Autumn Along the Whanganui River

Autumn Along the Whanganui River

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Rachels arty photo of me with a rock

Rachels arty photo of me with a rock

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