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Christchurch Schools Wellbeing Hui

The lasting impact of earthquakes, the March 15 terrorist attacks, and COVID-19 has been deeply felt by rangatahi across Waitaha. While some rangatahi recover quickly from disasters, climate events, pandemics and lockdowns, and casual and overt racism, many rangatahi acknowledge that living with the reality of these events is an ongoing challenge. 

Rangatahi in Waitaha have been moved to respond and support each other. In 2022 a group of rangatahi expressed their compassion by seeking to understand and enhance a sense of turangawaewae/belonging. They brought together different perspectives and the wider experiences of rangatahi from across Waitaha. 

Seeing that rangatahi are struggling to recover from trauma prompted current St Andrew’s College students, Lachlan Odlin, Co-Head of the Student Wellbeing Committee (2022), and Radha Vallabh, also a member of the Student Wellbeing Committee in 2022. Together with Mahia Te Aroha and Hillmorton High School’s wellbeing leaders, Bonnie, Lida, Yuki, Dylan and Ngan, they co-designed a unique rangatahi-led hui. 

Breaking through “What school are you from?”

Turangawaewae | Belonging

Asking the uncomfortable questions

Lasting impact

Key understandings from the hui

Top tips for student wellbeing leaders

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