Whānau Ora Enterprise leads the way with a Gold!

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu congratulates Omaka Marae on the significant success of their whānau enterprise initiative, Manaaki food condiments, which has just been awarded a gold medal at the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards (ONZFOA).

Manaaki’s Kamokamo Pickle is one of just forty products to win a gold medal out of the 180 products entered and is now in the running to win the Supreme Champion Award, to be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on April 17.

Manaaki was set up almost two years ago in Blenheim as part of the Omaka Marae, ‘Pā Ora, Pā Wānanga’ vision to grow the marae to one which is thriving and sustainable. “The ultimate dream for us is that we can help generate whānau transformation through our social enterprise by creating a sustainable enterprise for the marae,” says Kiley Nēpia, Marae Manager.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for the South Island, invested in the initiative through their ORA[1] fund after they pitched their moemoeā (dream) to the agency. “All we did as a commissioning agency was to believe in the vision and let whānau lead the way, the rest is history,” says Helen Leahy, Pouārahi / Chief Executive, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.”

“It is fitting as we approach our fifth year as a Commissioning Agency, to look back at our Wave One entities – those brave pioneers who submitted applications back in 2014, took part in the hothouse in September 2015, and then went on to create opportunities for their whānau that have enabled them to lead their own direction.   Next week we celebrate their vision, their initiative and their perseverance, at our annual symposium which will be held at the Christchurch Town Hall, 10-12 April”. 

Inspired by the ‘Aunties of old - the Queens of Manaakitanga - the Manaaki team take a ‘seed to jar’ approach, with as much produce as possible grown in the marae maara kai and handmade into a delicious range of condiments, including Kawakawa Jelly, Kamokamo Pickle and Horopito and Lemon sauce.

Next month the Aunties will be showcasing their culinary talents with a special event being held as part of Feast Marlborough. ‘Hakari with the Aunties’, on May 11, will take guests on a culinary journey, with each course telling its own unique - and local - story. Live music and cultural performances will make for a rare and special night. For more information and tickets, see tastemanaaki.co.nz

Register for the Whānau Ora Symposium – Pūao Te Ra!  10-12 April 2019 – Christchurch Town Hall

About us: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is a Commissioning Agency that works on behalf of the iwi in the South Island to support and enable whānau to create sustained social impact.  We do this by developing and investing in ideas and initiatives to improve outcomes for Māori, underpinned by whānau-centred principles and strategies; these include emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.  Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu also invests in Navigator roles to support and build whānau capability.   


Media Contact:
Ranae Niven, Senior Communications Advisor, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
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