Spreading the T word at the South GP CME

We've been busy these last 4 days, bumping in on Thursday, then manning our stall (kindly gifted by Leon from South GP CME - thanks Leon and Jules!) at the South GP CME conference at the Horncastle Arena. A great three days where we met so many new supporters - GPs and practitioners - who we hope will be referring their clients to Tūmanako in the future! 

We shared the stall with the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group (Canterbury University) - and were happy to help Hayley, Siobhan and Meredith (PHD students) find more contacts and inform the conference attendees about their important research work, robust scientific findings around the efficacy of micro-nutrients in treating Mental Health issues, and bring to their attention several important new random controlled trials the MHNRG are about to undertake.

We learned a lot, established some valuable connections, made new friends and were met with overwhelming positivity and encouragement.

So thanks again to Leon Olsen and Jules Lee!


Pledgeme Update and slight change of plan

Thank you for all your support so far! A quick update and slight change of plan..

We have learned so much over the past three weeks and the amount of community support for this project is incredible and shows that there is a real need for what we are proposing. We’ve been having lots of conversations about the best sources of funding for this project which includes grants, philanthropic funding and equity investment.

It’s pretty clear that we need to get started on the centre straight away. To be able to unlock this next level of funding and talk to investors, the most important thing we need to do right now is complete our Detailed Business Case. So we have decided to reduce our Pledgeme target to $26,000 which is the amount we need to complete this next step and get the project off the ground as quickly as possible. We understand if this changes the nature of your support, and encourage anyone who wants to remove their pledge to contact us.

The further $174,000 is still needed in order to progress the detailed design of the operational model and the building, secure a site and pay the team to keep working on the project. We’ve now identified that the funding for these things may come from sources other than crowdfunding, and so that’s why we’ve decided to reduce our target for this crowdfunding round.  

We will hold a Facebook Live tonight (3 August) at 6pm to tell you all about this and we encourage you to ask us questions during the livestream. We’re also really happy to answer any questions at any stage if you would like to get in contact with us.

We are so humbled and grateful for all your support so far and we wouldn’t have got this far without our amazing pledgers and supporters - this has been a huge community effort.

We haven’t made this decision lightly, and we understand that it’s a tough conversation to have. We understand if this changes the nature of your support and were happy to asnwer any questions or talk through concerns.

From the Tūmanako team, with love



By Steven Moe.  You can listen to our founder on what drove her to start Tūmanako, in conversation with lawyer and social enterprise champion Steven Moe on his inspirational SEEDS series. The interview is up now in podcast apps. 

Apple podcasts here  https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/seeds/id1281908185?mt=2

It is also here for those who do not listen in podcast apps http://seeds.libsyn.com/marcelle-lunam-on-a-life-in-film-mental-health-and-the-tmanako-wellness-centre

You can also watch the video on the Seeds facebook page 




By Nineyards in Sydney.  Raising Tūmanako. A vision for an innovative mental health care model, and the build of a world class holistic and research-led sanctuary and healing centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Follow the journey of the ‘Tūmanako Wellness Centre’ as founder Marcelle Lunam and partner development company, Ohu assemble a team of experts and advisors. All are working to bring about a holistic, technologically innovative, sustainable and compassionate mental health and wellbeing facility to Christchurch, New Zealand. The Tūmanako model will be one of patient centred care, world renowned research and a holistic approach to complete wellbeing. Subscribe for progress updates, accounts of mental health challenges and hear from the committed individuals bringing their expertise and research to this project throughout the series. 

Raising Tūmanako


Raise Tūmanako launch

Wow! Could we have hoped for a better launch for our #raisetumanako Pledge me seed-funding campaign?  A truly magical, inspiring and memorable night.

Zion and Alice opened with a beautiful melodic waiata, Holly Arrowsmith brought the vibes and made us cry, we showed a short film to explain our story (even though it stuttered in a technical hitch the message got through) and THE EASTERN brought the house down at the church of Christchurch folk music. In between we heard from Greer O'Donnell and Marcelle Lunam about what makes Tūmanako so special.

The Eastern pelted out 'Victory Song' to a chanting crowd before all the artists took the stage to deliver a rousing finale with a blistering rendition of  'The Weight' as we all joined in with full force. And to close John Tait told us about the deeper significance and meaning of the Te Reo word Tumanako. 

Over 150 of you braved winter (in a packed house!) and embarked on this journey to #raisetūmanako, now let’s continue the conversation! We need your help:
Read more at www.tumanakowellness.com
Pledge your support https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/…/5709-tumanako-wellness-centre-…

Photography by Naomi Haussmann www.nayhauss.co.nz
Zion and Alice McLean bringing the soul      

Zion and Alice McLean bringing the soul      

The sublime Holly Arrowsmith

The sublime Holly Arrowsmith

& The Eastern roaring in the good folk church of the Blue Smoke 

& The Eastern roaring in the good folk church of the Blue Smoke 

Raise Tūmanako Launch at Blue Smoke

Introducing Holly Arrowsmith, a folk singer-songwriter on the rise locally and internationally.
Her lyrics are honest, raw and have been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, and Laura Marling. Her music touches upon earnest matters of life, often wrapped up in metaphors of nature and the soothing mountain environment that surrounds the Wakatipu Basin.

Her debut album For The Weary Traveller won her a New Zealand Music Award in 2016 for Best Folk Album. Now two years on, Arrowsmith has just released her second album A Dawn I Remember:https://spoti.fi/2u27FCV
and she will be playing at Raise Tūmanako next week!


The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like
union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time. 

Having delivered up four albums (‘The Eastern’, ‘Arrows’, ‘Hope & Wire’ and ‘The Territory’), three e.p.’s and 1000 plus shows, The Eastern have garnered a reputation as NZ’s hardest working band. They gather converts and friends wherever they or their records land.

The Eastern have played and toured with with Steve Earle (twice), the Old Crow Medicine Show (twice) and the Lilʼ Band of Gold (twice) as well as opening for everyone from Fleetwood Mac to the Jayhawks to Jimmy Barnes to Paul Kelly to Justin Townes Earle to Hayes Caryll, as well as Jim White, John Doe, Victoria Williams and Vic Chestnut.

‘No Depression’ magazine noted they were “One of the best modern roots acts, from any country”.
Both Radio NZ and the NZ Herald described them as “National Treasures”. The Herald's Graham Reid called singer Adam McGrath “NZ’s toughest minded songwriter” and NZ country legend Barry Saunders simply called them “The Truth.”