Commissioning Pipeline

‘Transformative change to build sustainable whānau capability’ Target population: whānau in Te Waipounamu.

Since establishment in 2014, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has employed a social enterprise model to promote entrepreneurial social investment in Te Waipounamu. The overarching objectives of this approach are to stimulate a Māori social enterprise framework in Te Waipounamu and to achieve positive social outcomes for whānau targeted by enterprises. To date over 170 entities have been funded. Research shows that through the commissioning approach whānau experienced positive cultural, social and economic outcomes.

The process of commissioning enables whānau to be self-determining in pursuit of their aspirations and creates the conditions for whānau to build capability, acquire new knowledge, access expertise to apply new skills to work within their initiatives. Improvement is focussed on sustainability and coaching, by capitalising on the social connection and strengthening community, targeting investment and investigating the relationship between the level of investment and outcome.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has five work-streams through which initiatives and projects have been commissioned. These streams interact with each other in a way that creates multiple pathways for all whānau to access once engaged by Te Pūtahitanga. This has been termed the ‘Te Pūtahitanga Whānau Ora Ecosystem’ and represents the implementation of Whānau Ora commissioning activities within Te Waipounamu.


1. Commissioning Pipeline: (inclusive of all funding applications, contract management activities and performance measure negotiations)

2. Whānau Enhancement: (inclusive of all Whānau Ora Navigator and Navigator Tinana positions)

3. Capability Development: (inclusive of Te Kākano o te Totara / Leadership; Accelerator /Te Pāpori o Whakatere; the Whānau Enterprise Coaches, the Rangatahi Succession work programme and the Symposium)

4. Te Punanga Haumaru: (inclusive of Mokopuna Ora; Tū Pono: Te Mana kaha o te Whānau; Whānau Ora Connectors, Te Koha)

5. Research and Evaluation: (inclusive of opportunities for innovation; co-investment).

Check out some Whanau Ora digital stories to see a variety of whānau aspirations we’ve been able to support.

You can also view our annual handbooks showing Whanau Ora initiatives we have invested in across Te Waipounamu over the last four years.