Wāhia, Haea, Rotua

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
Whānau Ora Symposium

Te Pūtahitanga O Te Waipounamu Symposium was a great success!

Below we have featured some of our highlights for whānau to enjoy!

Day One Highlights

Day Two Highlights

Day Three Rangatahi Highlights


We welcome you into the lead up of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Symposium 2017! We invite you to join us on a three day journey of kōrero and whakawhanaungatanga, entertainment and education.

The Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Symposium was developed in 2016 as a platform to showcase, celebrate and measure our Whānau Ora stories, big and small. Under the overarching theme, Te Aho Mutunga Kore - The Eternal Thread, whānau and manuhiri experienced a symposium that epitomised everlasting strength of whānau.

This year, we once again come together in Ōtautahi (21 - 23 June) to track the growth, the roadblocks and the successes Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has inspired and energised by over the last twelve months. Our three central themes for the 2017 symposium are to signal forward movement and momentum in advancing the Whānau Ora approach.

WĀHIA - To clear the path ahead (in reference to the karakia of Uruao)

HAEA - An alternative to wāhia; to clear the path with the sun or an adze

ROTUA - To cast a spell, building momentum

These three themes are all interconnected by the concept of whakataumaha - te Ao Māori version of meditation and mindfulness. Rotua is also the root word of ‘lotu’, which in Samoan and Tongan dialects means ‘pray’ - linking our symposium to our Pasifika whanaunga.

These symposium are an opportunity for not only Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu whānau, but also all Māori and all Aotearoa, to celebrate how our unique commissioning approach operates. The concept of commissioning whānau directly puts the trust, responsibility and the power back into the hands of our people and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is committed to seeing these whānau succeed in their own aspirations.

We hope the symposium will be an opportunity for invaluable networking, ideation and collaboration between like-minded individuals and rōpū. The symposium platform is also a vital setting to report feedback on our mahi to whānau, hapū, iwi, Papatipu Runaka and other stakeholders.