This last week some of our incredible Whānau Ora Navigators have been learning the art of digital story-telling. It is such a powerful mechanism to be able to demonstrate the stories that characterise our experience. This week’s blog tells the story of those couple of days – finished off with a flourish by the super-navigator, Rauhine, and the framework she has shared called ‘Karawhiua’.Read More
This week’s blog is all about reading the signs – and appreciating ‘the time is now’. It is time to start planning for emergencies. It is time to call out unacceptable behaviour, what we might call mana-enhancing. And most of all it is time to cherish those nearest and dearest.Read More
Do the census; it's good for your health! Census day – Tuesday 6 March 2018 - has a big impact on how many health dollars end up in the district. Health funding is population-based. It’s not just the number of people either; older, younger, rural and people on low incomes attract a higher rate of health funding. And that's not all - the census data can be used for all sectors to give a context for not only determining funding but also to help plan for the future.
So this week - we're pulling out all the stops to make the 2018 Census a Whānau Ora campaign! Please take time to fill out the census and also please make sure whānau, friends, work mates, everyone you know does the same.
It was a big week in many respects. The enormity of weather shocks as they hit around Te Waipounamu. The waves of grief that still surrounds our memories of 22 February 2011.
And yet some fabulous moments as well - a couple of bronze medals in the Winter Olympics; Mawhera Inc being named a finalist in the Ahuwhenua awards and the first wananga for the Whanau Ora certificate an exercise in optimism and positivity.Read More
This week we travelled to Karitane to reflect on 110 years of Plunket. How wonderful it was for the story of Meri Hepi and Ria Tikini to come to the fore- the Maori midwives from whom Dr Truby King gained inspiration. In the beautiful circle of life Meri’s mokopuna Amanda is the Chief Executive of Plunket in 2018.Read More
While all eyes seemed to be focused on Te Nota and Pm Arden’s visit to Waitangi there were some unique expressions of Waitangi commemorations in Te Waipounamu.
In the Deep South of Awarua Ngai Tahu legend Ta Tipene O’Regan was keynote speaker at Awarua. Rapaki Marae celebrated in style with the opening of their wharekai. A bit further north the community at Gore Bay had a great adventure following the Treaty Trail. Protection; Partnership; Participation - it’s as good a basis as any for Whanau Ora!Read More
A heatwave in Southland; floods in sunny Nelson; trees topping over on the Kaikōura Coast, king tides, a supermoon – if it hadn’t happened, we might have thought the weather in the last week was straight out of Dr Seuss. Through rain and storm, our Whānau Ora Navigators have been checking on our whānau; helping them to safety and keeping homes warm.
At the same time this week, the heavens have opened in grief at the loss of two beautiful kaumātua of Ngāi Tahu: Uncle Ku – Kukupa Harakore Tirikatene and Taua Betty “Boo” Rickus. E tangi atu nei, e tangi atu nei. Moe mai rā – our thoughts are with the whānau pani and all those who carry the loss deep within their hearts for the wisdom, the love and the precious gifts of our rangatira.Read More
Rā whānau ki a Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana! This week in the valley in which is nestled Ratana Pa, thousands of morehu came from right across the land and beyond to commemorate on the 100 years that have passed since this humble farmer from the Rangitikei brought people together across tribal boundaries in a way which continues to inspire. This week we pay tribute to T.W Ratana and the enormous impact of the movement on social and political wellbeing of whānau.Read More
Is there anything more exciting than the announcement of new life coming into the world? This week the nation was all smiles as Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern announced her happy news and the joy rippled out immediately. It is that spontaneous happiness that we bounce off in Whānau Ora every day – a new mokopuna, an impending birth, the growth of the generations. A great way to start the year!
This week we take a long at some of our whānau who have been working hard to keep smiles on their faces, and bread on the table, post the 2016 earthquakes. We visit a humble whānau in Seddon; spend time in Kaikōura and reflect on the work of the MEAN team in Wairau.Read More
As the Christmas hustle and bustle takes over our lives it was sobering this week to spend some time with whānau in Te Tau Ihu talking about how we can address violence within our midst. Ironically, domestic violence rises during the festive period. Instead of spending our days in laughter and love, the combination of financial pressure, free-flowing alcohol and family members spending increased time together, can lead to a seasonal spike in incidents. It doesn’t have to be like this. This week’s blog brings together some of our whānau champions to change the story….Read More
As the dazzling light of the sun wakes us these early mornings and we know before breakfast that it’s going to be a hot day, it has been wonderful to have days packed full of celebration to look forward to.
This week’s blog starts with the splendour that was the Aoraki Summit; shares a few moments from our first visit with Minister Henare, and ends with the craziness of the team at the Christmas party. Enjoy!Read More
The vibrant colours of Pasifika flowers inspired me to return to work, refreshed and reinvigorated. It is always good to have a break away to see with fresh eyes the wonder that is all around us through the phenomenon of Whānau Ora. This week we feature the successful graduates from Te Papori o Whakatere, we reflect on the success of the Hui-a-Iwi, we pay honour to Rangimarie Parata-Takurua and highlight some of the key hui occurring in the next couple of weeks.Read More
We were flat out this week – finalising our Briefing to the Incoming Minister; completing our reports to the Boards; reports to Iwi Chairs and Te Waka aMāui, and taking time out to reflect on Kaikōura, one year on. The pace of restoration of road and rail is remarkable, but even more so the resilience of those hearty souls who keep the faith, and rebuild their community.Read More
Sometimes the week just seems to fly by. This week was one of those weeks. A monumental international hui dealing with one of the most significant issues – the abuse and harming men and boys. We had the very last graduates of the last ceremony to award the National Certificate in Hauora. And we ended the week in fine form with our accelerator/incubator initiative: Te Papori o Whakatere.
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When I was at school there wās a Glen Campbell classic that I used to sing at the top of my lungs. The words went like this:
You got to try a little kindness, yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness then you'll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets
This week kindness is the theme – whether in education settings, in the foodbank in Westport or the high five of Hale Compound Conditioning. Try it! TBH it works….Read More
What a week it has been! The new government has been sworn in; Peeni Henare has been announced as our new Minister for Whānau Ora; and social media has been going wild.
Meanwhile across the world the Australian government is calling for a by-election as a result of a citizenship dispute (including that their deputy PM has New Zealand citizenship) and the Catalonian parliament is seeking independence from Spain. It really couldn’t be more dramatic.
Back at home the tuatara keeps one eye on progress forward, one eye on the past and the other sitting still in the midst of it all. There’s a lesson there for us all….Read More
As we head into the long weekend, it is timely to remember the origins of Labour Day – and no, it has nothing to do with the new government! Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on 28 October 1890, when several thousand trade union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend the parades and many businesses closed for at least part of the day. The blog this week celebrates someone who literally never worked an eight hour day – legendary Pōua Kuao Langsbury who gave his life for the people. We learn a bit about tax, go South to look at a new justice initiative, North to celebrate language revival, and we take a glance at the challenge our illustrious panel undertook this week.
On World Mental Health Day (Tuesday, 10 October), we locked our staff out of the office for an hour for the opportunity to connect with the ordinary nature around the workplace.. Radical I know! We went for a walk to discover how wellbeing blooms when you start to connect with the nature that surrounds you every day! Connecting with the world around us, and collaboration with like minds – whether that be in Māori business or TūPono: Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau is a key theme of the blog this week. Enjoy!Read More
What a massive week we have had this week. It started in a sombre yet celebratory note with a fabulous farewell to Minister Flavell. We had received about five RSVPs – by 7pm on Monday there were well over 100 had walked in the door for a night of tears and tributes, waiata and wacky humour as well. Next day we had the auditors in from Deloittes and Te Puni Kokiri. No time to rest that day! And then on Wednesday we travelled to Blenheim and Nelson to hear stories about ‘kaukau kaumātua’; the ‘ukulele squad’, young mothers involved with Hei Whakatipuranga whānau and forty rangatahi engaged in the act of paddling connection. Have a read for yourself….Read More
The weekend gone was certainly one which got everyone talking. After months of difficulties and negotiations, Hale Compound Conditioning opened their gym in Christchurch. Our blog shares the day. Later that day of course the country went to the polls and voted for the governing arrangements they wanted to see in the next three years. One of the consequences of the weekend was that the Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, will not be a member of the new parliament. We are indebted to his dedication, his hard work and his passionate belief in the opportunity that Whānau Ora has provided for us.Read More