He uri ahau nō Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, me Ngāi Tūhoe.
Ko Denise Tahuri ahau.
I had become a smoker in my teenage years wanting to “join in with my mates” these bad habits followed me into my adult life. I had short periods where I would be smoke-free but I lacked the commitment to be smoke-free most especially in social situations I felt like I couldn’t say ‘no’.
When I moved from Whakatāne to Tāmaki, I had made a list of the goals I wanted and envisioned for myself, and one of those goals was to be smokefree. It wasn’t an easy journey. I was at Hāpai te Hauora and having a casual conversation about my aim to be auahi kore, and one of the team asked me a question that has never been asked of me before which was “When you see your future do you see yourself being smoke-free” and it took me a while to answer because no-one had ever asked me that and I said “actually yea I do”, and I had a kōrero with more of the team at Hāpai about and how that could help me in my hīkoi and I have been smokefree for 2 months now.
My sister Faith who works for Hāpainga in EBPHA at Whakatāne has also been a massive support for me in my journey. This time I have the resilience to say “I want to be smoke-free long term, I have the power to say no!”
Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui