A Woman's Journey of Recovery. The recent hard work and collaboration of Pathway and Odyssey House has begun to bear fruit. After 16 years of successful operation as a retreat facility for people in need of a fresh start with accommodation, Pathway Retreat is about to transform into New Zealand's only female residential drug and alcohol treatment centre.
Whilst still in its proposal stage, first steps have been made towards securing government funding for a restorative health programme exclusively for women. This will have an emphasis on mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and trauma treatment delivered prior to incarceration, or immediately after release from prison.
Since being shortlisted, a full business case is being reviewed by the Department of Corrections along with Treasury. In anticipation of a successful bid, the programme has been written, a name chosen, a logo designed, and a promotional video completed. The name ‘HE KETE ORANGA O TE MANA WAHINE’ (The Women’s Basket of Wellness) was gifted to us by our Kaumatua and Kuia. It represents the significance of the kaupapa (work) being the first women’s residential recovery in Te Waipounamu (South Island).
The chosen logo is inspired by the woven pattern of kete (baskets of knowledge) which are traditionally made from Harakeke, a native flax. When starting the 16 week programme, each woman would be gifted a kete from a current resident, which they would fill with knowledge to support themselves and other women as they journey to recovery and make their way toward wellness. In this way, the knowledge and support can be passed from one woman to another.
The final decision on the business case will be announced by the end of December, and if the proposal is successful then the programme will be operational by February next year.