We've been going back through some of the photos we have taken over the years. Yes, these are the pre-digital era photos, they've been stored in actual albums on a shelf in the office. It's been wonderful though taking a journey down memory lane so we thought we'd share a few pictures starting from the 1990's, back when Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa was still South Auckland Diabetes Project, even before it became Diabetes Projects Trust.
It's really nice to reflect occasionally on the history, especially now that we are approaching 30 years since our organisation was founded. We even still have one team member who has been here the whole time (take a bow Trish!) and more than half have been here with the Foundation for over 20 years. Our late Kaumatua, Bill Wiki (QSM), always reminded us "hei tangata, hei tangata, hei tangata" or "it's people, it's people, it's people" and as we turn the album pages we are reminded we've worked with so many amazing people over the years. Sadly a few pictured in these photos have passed on but their smiling faces and amazing mahi hasn't been forgotten.
Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa simply wouldn't be what it is today without those who we've worked alongside and this is reflected in our new Whakataukī, "Ehara taku toa i te toa takatahi, engari he toa takitini" or "My success is not mine alone, it is the success of the collective".
If you've got memories of our earlier days, we'd love to hear about them. We'll be putting some more photos up on our Facebook page so please comment there. In the meantime, we'll keep looking in the archives, who knows what we'll find!