‘Nav Nation’ Wins International Award for Collaboration Tool

The recent national review of Whānau Ora, Tipu Matoro ki te Ao, reported that Whānau Ora Navigators are seen as crucial, in helping whānau to heal the past, deal with the now and plan for sustainable change.   The report reflected that whānau place high levels of confidence and trust in their navigators, particularly noting that they were part of the community and therefore invested in its success.

Their South Island Navigator communication platform known as Tatai Whetu, developed by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu alongside Māui Studios, has today been announced a winner at the Jostle Intranet Awards.

Pari Hunt, Whānau Ora Navigator Coordinator and Tatai Whetu Project Manager

Pari Hunt, Whānau Ora Navigator Coordinator and Tatai Whetu Project Manager


“Communication within our workforce is essential in order to ensure effective reach and coverage right across Te Waipounamu,” said Helen Leahy, Pouārahi of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.   “Eighteen months ago we introduced ‘Tatai Whetu’, an online platform to build a strong and connected Navigator culture”.

“We have a massive land base in the South Island (150,000 sq km); characterised by variable broadband access, regional isolation, and associated challenges with service delivery.  Tatai Whetu has given our navigators a virtual space where they can gather in real-time to learn from each other,  access the latest resources, and share tacit knowledge.”

“One of the key challenges identified in the Whānau Ora review was the large geographic scale; demanding that the Whānau Ora approach enables the workforce to connect with whānau and be invested in the success of their communities.   The shared vision of navigation – helping whānau to build their own capability and resilience – has been advanced in the South Island through real-time communication, improved engagement and a commitment to collaboration”.

“The online tool enables Whānau Ora Navigators a mechanism for instant communication with their colleagues. “Tatai Whetu has streamlined our communication pathways and in doing so has enabled us to build a vibrant connected workforce.  

“The Jostle award, in recognising the contribution of this tool to ‘Nurturing Workplace Culture’ demonstrates that while organisations need to save time and create efficiencies, a high level of connectivity also frees up our Nav Nation to do the most important work – and that is their work with whānau.

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Tātai Whetū’ meaning ‘constellation’ represents a connection between Whānau Ora Navigators of today and previous times.    Traditional navigation techniques, in which tangata whenua observed the positioning of sun, moon and stars to guide their long journeys across the oceans, were reflected in sophisticated application of Te kapehu whetū – the Māori star compass.

Similarly the Tātai Whetū online tool will provide guidance for Whānau Ora Navigators to enable whānau to arrive at a particular destination’.   Within the design of Tatai Whetu the placement of the nine stars reflect both Matariki and the convergence of the nine rivers of Te Waipounamu.  The waka and koru represent the rough seas that Navigators must traverse through  - ‘A calm sea does not make a great Navigator.’

About us: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is a Commissioning Agency that works on behalf of the iwi in the South Island to enable whānau to create sustained social impact.  Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu also invests in Navigator roles to support whānau capability.   


Media Contact:
Ranae Niven, Senior Communications Advisor, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
Mobile: +64 021 728 220
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu,10 Show Place, CHRISTCHURCH,

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