Run by Changing Minds, the R?kau Roroa – or Tall Trees – programme trains and supports people who want to use their personal lived experience of mental distress and recovery to inspire others.
In May, Tall Tree Karyn Quinn-Smith curated a one-off art exhibition called Pieces of Me, which featured the work of 10 artists with experience of mental distress.
"I wanted to show that everyone's journey is unique and that we are creative, productive, insightful people who are just wanting to live our best lives. We should not feel ashamed of ourselves and our journeys," Karyn says.
Another Tall Tree, Ardon England, launched Pride Box in early July, New Zealand's first ever LGBTQI+ boxing fitness classes at Boxing Central in Auckland.
"[Pride Box] allows us as a community to take back some of the power we have lost over years of discrimination," Ardon says.
Find out more about R?kau Roroa here.