WHĀNAU ORA CREATING SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CHANGE
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu represents the convergence of the rivers of Te Waipounamu bringing sustenance to the people, and reflects our founding value of whanaungatanga. It is also an acknowledgement of the centrality of whakapapa to whenua and whānau connections that bind us together in a shared future. The collaboration illustrates that whakawhanaungatanga, kotahitanga and whānau self-determination are the foundations of strong and sustainable communities.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is a Limited Liability Partnership formed by the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu. The organisation is a vehicle through which whānau are enabled to pursue their aspirations for health and wellbeing.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Te Waipounamu. This partnership builds on five years of strengthening collaboration amongst the iwi of Te Waipounamu and is anchored in shared commitments to whānau as the building blocks of our communities.
The commissioning agency model contributes to realising the power of Whānau Ora by developing strategies based on four guiding principles:
Kotahitanga - collaborative approach to integrated solutions and delivery
Kāinga focus - local solutions. Whānau initiated solutions are best.
Panoni hou - innovation through investing in new solutions, encouraging social innovation and entrepreneurship to incentivise new services, new approaches and integrated solutions
Kōkiritanga - partnering for success
The Whānau Ora approach is unique because it:
- Recognises a collective entity,
- Endorses a group capacity for self-determination,
- Has an inter-generational dynamic,
- Is built on a Māori cultural foundation,
- Asserts a positive role for whānau within society and can be applied across a wide range of social and economic sectors.
Whānau are empowered to fulfil their dreams and aspirations, are culturally connected, thriving and contributing members of their communities.
To meet the aspirations of the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu to serve and be inclusive of all whānau within Te Waipounamu and so they may flourish in their own image and on their own terms.
LEADING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINE SOUTH ISLAND IWI
All whānau are self determining to realise oranga whānau.
We invest in whānau, entrepreneurs, non-profits and businesses who harness the spirit of Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga and dare to create change. Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga caught the sun, fished up an island and reclaimed fire. He was the pōtiki who dared to live his dreams and change the world. We know that in every whānau, hapū, Iwi and rōpū there are ideas, solutions, aspirations and dreams. If you want to change the game, we want to back you to shine.
We invest in transformative change to build sustainable whānau capability.
CHIEF MEASURE OF SUCCESS
Whānau identify being on a pathway of change to greater self determination and choice.
Kia rere, kia piātaata me he kuru auhika
That it may flow freely and shine like precious pounamu.
PRINCIPLES WE ARE GUIDED BY...
OUR INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:
NGĀ KAUPAPA TUKU IHORecognise beliefs and values guide whānau behaviour and response. Reflect these values by providing opportunities for whānau to express them.
WHĀNAU OPPORTUNITYAccept that all whānau have strengths and recognise how leadership is expressed so that opportunities for action and change are leveraged from within the whānau. Engagement and contribution is enabled.
BEST WHĀNAU OUTCOMESJoint planning with whānau to assist them to identify the outcomes that they need from existing services in the community and acting as a navigator to bring these resources to them. Includes whānau-selected measures of success.
COHERENT SERVICE DELIVERYIntegrate whānau identified outcomes to ensure services are seamless and enable these outcomes.
WHĀNAU INTEGRITYAll whānau are treated with the respect and integrity that is their legacy as Māori. Whānau are provided with the opportunity and support to determine their outcomes.
EFFECTIVE RESOURCINGRespecting whānau integrity and coordinating the level of resources that is required to achieve their self-determined outcomes.
COMPETENT AND INNOVATIVE PROVISIONIdentify the strength that is often latent or covered over by circumstances and work with this to support whānau to move from crisis to enable them to achieve their aspirations.
The Commissioning approach is based on a Whānau Ora ecosystem, driven by a focus on the seven Whānau Ora outcomes. The model places priority on whānau aspirations, rather than replicating a service delivery approach or referring to traditional providers. All applications are expected to address, in some way, the aspirations encompassed within the following seven pou:
Pou Tahi - Whānau in Te Waipounamu are self-managing and empowered leaders
Pou Rua - Whānau in Te Waipounamu living healthy lifestyles
Pou Toru - Whānau in Te Waipounamu are confidently participating in Te Ao Māori
Pou Whā - Whānau in Te Waipounamu are participating fully in society
Pou Rima - Whānau in Te Waipounamu are economically secure and successfully involved in wealth creation
Pou Ono - Whānau in Te Waipounamu are cohesive, resilient and nurturing
Pou Whitu - Whānau in Te Waipounamu are responsible stewards of their living and natural environment
Based upon the 2013 Census data, approximately 15% of the total Māori population were living in the South Island in 2013. Half of the Māori descent population in the South Island was residing in the Canterbury region, with a third living in Christchurch City. The Māori population has a young age structure and over half of Māori living in the South Island were under the age of 25 years.
The nine iwi of Te Waipounamu account for approximately 32% of the total Māori population, with the remaining 68% comprised of ngā maata waka iwi.
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
Te Pūtahitanga is unique as an iwi partnership amongst all nine iwi of the south island, giving us a united geographical reach that has never been achieved before. we are different from any other organisation because of what we invest in and how we invest.
WHAT WE INVEST IN IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE
More diverse—Whānau Ora has been focused on health and social services. We will invest more broadly across whānau business start ups, cultural strengthening, education, leadership, fitness and inspiring transformation within communities.
More innovative—we will invest in out of the box thinking. The status quo is already being funded. Our responsibility is to invest in the different and the bold.
Ground-up—we will invest in ideas generated by our whānau, community and providers.
HOW WE INVEST IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE
Procurement processes that drive innovation—we will adapt known ways of increasing innovation, such as start-up weekends, dragons dens and design challenges;
Incubation and start-up support—we will help new and innovative investments to succeed through proven support mechanisms that have been adapted to our community, including an incubator for start-up initiatives and support from enterprise facilitators who will coach and champion our investees;
Co-investment partnerships—we will build partnerships with co-investors from the public, private and philanthropic sectors to grow the total pool of funding available; and
Pipeline generation—enterprise facilitators will work directly with whānau to generate a pipeline of investment ready whānau initiatives.