Ora - Whānau Ora Commmissioned Initiatives (Wave Funded)

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 179 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.

Initiatives must be aligned with seven pou, designed to achieve specific Whānau Ora outcomes. They must support whānau to be: self-managing; leading healthy lifestyles; participating fully in society; confidently participating in Te Ao Māori economically secure and successfully involved in wealth creation, cohesive, resilient and nurturing and responsible stewards of their living and natural environments.

Here are some examples:

Taonga by Timoti

"Experiences can shape us but we know that we were born for a reason" Tupua Urlich.
Taonga by Timoti exemplifies Whānau Ora. Check out this video to see how Timoti and Morganne and their tamariki have made their moemoea a reality. To see more of their exquisite pounamu designs visit their website https://timoti.nz/ or on Fbk Taonga by Timoti.


Te Pā o Rakaihautu

“Tamaiti akona i te pā, tū ana ki te ao, tau ana”
A child educated to be strong in their own identity stands confident in the world.

It Takes a Village’ is a Whānau Ora based concept focused on increasing Māori engagement in learning in an authentic Maori environment. Te Pā o Rakaihautu have developed the project which involves the establishment of a Pā Wānanga (A Māori based learning village) in the North-East of Ōtautahi.


Hikoi Waewae

Hīkoi Waewae is about discovering and connecting to the whenua and traditional pathways of Ngati Waewae. The tours offer a range of activities that focus on elements of te ao Māori that hold historical signficance for He Tangata o Ngāti Waewae. What began as a Whānau Ora Initiative to build culture and the wellbeing of whānau and hapū has now launched into a tourism business to provide a unique cultural experience, the first of it's kind on the West Coast.
For bookings go to https://westcoastguidedwalks.nz/
or follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/westcoastguidedwalks/


KOHA - Kia Ora Hands Aotearoa

A Tikanga a Rongoā Mirimiri Clinic based in Dunedin, KOHA (Kia Ora Hands on Aotearoa) Ltd is a business based on the Whānau Ora approach and is the vision of Te Aomihia Rangihuna. KOHA’s Puna centre based in Dunedin is a business set up to provide MiriMiri mō te kore and a blend of traditional hands-on treatment to clients including manuhiri. This clinic is provided to normalise and encourage acceptance of traditional methods of healing to all. For bookings visit the website https://www.kiaorahandsaotearoa.co.nz/book.php Check out her digital story.


Murihiku Pounamu

When pounamu carver and teacher, Gavin Thomson was a young boy, he found a piece of pounamu on the beach where he grew up which turned out to be an old artifact. It then became an obsession and he would always be trying to find pounamu, shining in the white sand. His Whānau Ora story stems from this curiosity for pounamu which has taken him on a journey of self-discovery, cultural connection and led him on a path to help many others to do the same. Murihiku Pounamu is a whānau run business based in Hokonui/Gore. 

Check out the Murihiku Pounamu story below and visit the extensive online gallery on their website: https://www.murihikupounamu.co.nz/about


Te Korari - Tā Ataarangi ki te Tau Ihu O te Waka a Maui

Tā Ataarangi ki te Tau Ihu O te Waka a Māui Incorporated are Māori Health Providers in Te Tau Ihu who identified the need in their community for a more personalised and accessible way for whānau to learn Te Reo in their homes. The name Te Korari expresses the idea of a blossoming that will produce many seeds in the future. Their aspiration is to nurture the revitalization of Te Reo Māori in whānau homes throughout Mohua, Motueka, Whakatū, Tapawera, Te Hora and the Wairau utilising Te Ataarangi learning method.


Angels Trio

For three women in Nelson, Chanel Faapue, Lovenia Paul and Vera Manawaiti, they have taken this issue into their own hands. They didn’t have to wait for an Election to know that love begins at home.

Angels Trio have been serving kai to whānau from their community. Angels Trio are experienced in catering and will prepare and serve meals to vulnerable whānau. Angels Trio currently fund raise to provide meals and pre-pack school lunches free of charge to those who may struggle to provide healthy affordable and nutritious kai.

Angels Trio provide a safe environment for whānau to experience Te Ao Māori values of manaaki and aroha ki te tangata. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has supported with designated Whānau Ora Navigator to ensure the on-going support and advocacy for whānau.


Tuia Te Tai Poutini

This is one of the most inspiring rangatahi leadership initiatives across Te Waipounamu and a massive incentive for our rangatahi to reconnect with not only their whakapapa, but also the whenua where their tūpuna once ventured through. It also helps them whakawhanaungatanga with one another and understand the relevance of being Māori in the modern day.


Hei Whakapiki Mauri - Kanohi ki te Kanohi

Hei Whakapiki Mauri is a series of hui in Waitaha that will empower Māori with disabilities and their whānau through knowledge and networks. 

Through Hei Whakapiki Mauri, you and your whānau can explore what is important to you through whakapapa, tikanga and reo. You will learn and grow together through whanaungatanga, adding to your kete of knowledge. 

Have a look at their website: https://www.heiwhakapikimauri.co.nz/


Waka Whenua

Waka Whenua is an initiative based in Motueka that focuses on creating tangible expressions of aroha for every whānau. Sisters Julie and Tracey wanted to see their sacred connection to the whakapapa that gave them life, honoured through the creation of the ipu whenua - a container from which to place the placenta until it could be returned to Papatūānuku; whenua to whenua. They're product exists to celebrate life, anchor life and commemorate the things that families value most.

Watch their story below. For more information visit www.wakawhenua.com


Omaka Marae - Pā Ora, Pā Wananga

Omaka Marae has created an ambitious plan for a thriving and sustainable learning and living marae. Omaka Marae is driving four bold new initiatives:

·An afterschool programme focusing on te reo Maori, Pa Kids

· Investigation into establishing a kura Māori

· Establishment of Whare Tū Taua and a marae based sports/fitness programme – Toa Fit

· The creation of a Māori cuisine / maara kai product enterprise – Manaaki Condiments.