ABI is delighted to finally have an office space in Whangārei – a base for our Northland clinicians to call home.
ABI has had clinicians in Northland working from their home bases for over 12 years and the team are very excited to have a place to come to work and meet clients, whānau and colleagues. The site is in central Whangārei, is accessible and will have space for some clinical and therapy sessions as well as being base for the clinicians who work across Northland.
Last week Carolyn Deed, ABI’s Northland Team Leader and Occupational Therapist and Abby Cook, also an Occupational Therapist attended an early morning blessing of the site. The karakia (blessing) was facilitated by Northland DHB’s Takawaenga (Maori Liaison) Mare Clarke nō te Taitokerau, te iwi ō Ngāpuhi and Tautoko (supported) by DHB Cultural Advisor Te Ihi Tito nō Tangiteroria, ō roto Ngāti Whātua.
The site is gradually getting furnished and signage with ABI’s logo is coming and once this occurs it will really feel like ABI is in Northland, not just visiting.
Carolyn says “we feel having the office space is a great opportunity to grow our Northland service and work more cohesively together. Already on the first day we had 2 client sessions, and a visiting Assessor use our space to see a client, and as a team we could have lunch together”
When alert levels allow, all the furniture is in and signage is up, a formal opening will occur so other members of the community can be welcomed into the space. Nau mai haere mai ki te whare ō ABI ki Whangārei (Welcome to the ABI office in Whangārei)