Pamper Day ... a way of giving something back to themselves

By: Flo Joyce, Pūkenga Manaaki (Whānau Navigator)

  Massages for shoulder and neck for wāhine

Massages for shoulder and neck for wāhine

  Pūkenga Atawhai Ayla Legg, giving free health checks

Pūkenga Atawhai Ayla Legg, giving free health checks

  Noho Pakari (Sit N’ be fit) led by TPO Pūkenga Manaaki, Marg Crosby

Noho Pakari (Sit N’ be fit) led by TPO Pūkenga Manaaki, Marg Crosby

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Noralyn Berwick dreams that the wāhine (women) that she works with would experience the benefits of being pampered and to give something back to themselves. This has been running for 5 years and she opened it up to other organisations. Noralyn is still a big part of the organising and planning of the pamper day. Wāhine can only attend once however there is never a shortish of wahine that would like to attend. The numbers are kept to 10 from each organisation with a hostess.

The morning started off with a karakia and a welcome. Carolyn Tipene did the introduction of the guest speaker, Sandz Peipi.

There were 200 ladies to be pampered.  20 per table, each group spent 30 min at each pamper station.

The sessions were: 1. Makeup, 2. Health check with TPO nurse BP diabetes advice, etc., 3. Hair styles to change their looks, 4. Clothing - where client was able to pick out what they needed to take home, 5. Nails where you could choose to have them shaped and painted.

There were massages available for shoulder and neck or hand and feet either by hands or hot rocks.

Our very own Te Piki Oranga kaimahi Margy Crosby led the group for a bit of fitness Noho Pakari (Sit N’ Be Fit).

A Buffet lunch was served, and it was a great day for all that attended.