The rising of Puaka; the flourishing of whānau

Te Iwa o Matariki 2018 are being welcomed this year by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu as a great time to acknowledge the strengths and capacities of whānau across Te Waipounamu.

“We are taking on the opportunity of Matariki 2018 to launch two new digital stories said Helen Leahy, Pouārahi of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. - Te Pā o Rākaihatū - Taonga by Timoti

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Māori New Year than to be inspired by the creativity, the determination and the dedicated commitment of whānau who are striving to create stronger futures for them and their mokopuna after them” said Ms Leahy.

“The kaupapa for Matariki 2018 is sustainable natural resources: Tupu-ā-nuku (food that is grown in the earth); Tupu-ā-rangi (food that comes from the sky) and Ururangi (wind).   Whānau Ora has as one of our seven pou: to be guardians of our natural and living environment; an outcome that has been particularly championed by so many of our whānau who live by a way that encourages us that if we look after our world and our natural resources, we will continue to be sustained by them”.

“Matariki is also a time of remembering the legacy of those no longer with us; giving thanks for the gifts of whānau all around us, and for acknowledging the bounty of whakapapa (genealogy) as providing us with a better understanding of who we are”.

“With over 140 diverse entities and initiatives across the South Island illustrating the burgeoning confidence of whānau to make a difference, stories by our whānau are huge boost of belief in the value of the Whānau Ora approach” said Ms Leahy.

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