Twenty seven new Whānau Ora initiatives about to kick off in Te Waipounamu

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has announced the recipients of their latest Whānau Ora funding round, Wave Eight. Twenty-seven entities will receive support for a wide range of whānau lead initiatives designed to make a positive difference in the wellbeing of whānau.  

“Currently, there are over 140 unique whānau driven enterprises which have benefitted from investment; entities which focus on both growing whānau capability and building integrity, innovation and ownership at the local level” says Helen Leahy, Pouārahi / Chief Executive.

“Our model is based on capability development which works by increasing the ability of whānau to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities within their lives. It enables whānau to be self-reliant, to be self-determining rather than depending on state intervention. Since 2014 Te Pūtahitanga have had eight funding rounds and have received well over 500 applications from across Te Waipounamu.  75 applications were received in the latest funding round and of those only 27 were able to receive investment due to funding limitations. Successful initiatives from the latest funding round range from entrepreneurial enterprise to working specifically with kaumatua or tamariki/mokopuna; the strengthening of Māori language and cultural capabilities of whānau.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was formed in March 2014 as a legal partnership between the nine iwi of the South Island. The Commissioning Agency is accountable to the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu (‘Te Taumata’); a General Partner Limited Board, and the Minister for Whānau Ora. ‘Commissioning’ as such is new; it is broadly defined as a set of inter-related tasks that need to be undertaken to turn policy objectives into the outcomes sought (Productivity Commission, 2015).

“We were delighted with the amazing talents and fresh new ideas of the Wave Eight applications” said Ms Leahy.   “We are seeing the definition of ‘wellbeing’ demonstrated in multiple ways.  We congratulate all the successful applicants, and wish them well on their Whānau Ora journey”. 


Successful recipients of WAVE 8 funding are:

1.    Nga Pakiaka Morehu O Te Whenua Trust, Whenua Ora - Mahinga Kai, BLENHEIM

2.    Kumuhore Kanuka Ltd, Kumuhore Kanuka, BLENHEIM

3.    Matariki Services Ltd, Kahukura Pounamu, CHRISTCHURCH

4.    TJP Ltd trading as Menemene, Whānau First, CHRISTCHURCH

5.    Ngāti Koata Trust, Takahia te Whenua, NELSON

6.    WildKrafty Aotearoa, WildKrafty Aotearoa, NELSON

7.    Te Hauora o Ngati Rarua Ltd, Kaumatua Specialist Navigator, BLENHEIM

8.    Big House Infused Honey Ltd, Whare Awhe Awhe, BLENHEIM

9.    Ngati Toa Rangatira ki Wairau Trust, Te Whakawhanake o Ngati Toa Rangatira ki Wairau Whānau, SPRING CREEK

10.  Rangitane o Wairau Trust, Rauemi Tautoko mo Rangitane o Wairau, BLENHEIM

11.  Te Tautoko Ora Foundation Trust, Kia Ora E Te Iwi!, OTAUTAHI

12.  Ōnuku Rūnanga, Māhika Kai Te Waihora/Akaroa, CHRISTCHURCH

13.  Pīki Kids Club, Pīki Haututū, CHRISTCHURCH

14.  Roiti Trust, Te Awa Koiea, DUNEDIN

15.  Aukaha (1997) Limited, From the Ground Up, DUNEDIN

16.  Te Roopu Tautoko ki te Tongo Incorporated, Whānau Ora o Te Iwi, DUNEDIN

17.  Whakaruruhau Ltd, Whanau Transformation/Whanau Metamorphosis, DUNEDIN

18.  Corstorphine Community Hub, DUNEDIN

19.  He Waka Kōtuia Trust, Ka Hao te Rakatahi, DUNEDIN

20.  Tokomairiro Waiora Inc (TWI), Puna Ora, MILTON

21.  Te Puna Oranga, Whanau Pou, CHRISTCHURCH

22.  Kanohi ki te Kanohi Ltd, Hei Whakapiki Mauri Tautoko, CHRISTCHURCH

23.  Fush - Real Fish & Chips/Uka - Ika & Rīwai, Mobilising Te Reo/Te Hāpai Ō, CHRISTCHURCH

24.  He Waka Tapu Ltd, Whātoro Whānau, CHRISTCHURCH

25.  Bros for Change, Te Pānga Pōkare, CHRISTCHURCH

26.  Catalytic Ltd, Te Hekenga mai o Hinepūkohurangi, CHRISTCHURCH

27.  S J Pikia Family Trust, Wero Warrior, INVERCARGILL

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