The River Flows

This week our river of aspiration flows through Hurunui and Kaikoura; to Murihiku and Wairau, and is heading fast towards Hokonui and Otepoti. We announce a new Tu Pono Connector role in the Wairau; we celebrate the nomination of Anton Matthews of FUSH; and we share the excitement of the Kai Kart for Koha Kai.

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Be Responsible for your energy

This week we farewelled one of our team, Maania Farrar, requoting an inspirational phrase from Oprah Winfrey that Maania often cited:  “Be responsible for the energy you bring into the room”.   It was a phrase that appealed to us both – take a focused effort to ensuring you project the image you want to.

 

It resonated with our memories of two beautiful men who left us this week _ George Waitai Tikao and Matua Pere Tainui.   This week our blog pays special homage to Ōnuku.

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Transformation of one’s life direction; transformation of attitudes, of behaviours of practice.

Rangatahi are leading our nation forward – whether in standing up for their rights at Ihumatao; reclaiming the essence of who they are with Te Ara Whakatipu; using their voice to full effect at Ngā Manu Kōrero; or celebrating the warrior within in the 10th year of the mana rangatahi wānanga of Ngāti Apa ki te rā to. This week takes a look at our amazing young leaders from a far south as Colac Bay right up to Te Tauihu.

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Finding your sacred intent

The power of karakia can carry messages from afar to help strengthen our purpose. This week we share in the collective mission to support the indigenous people in Hawai’i in protecting their sacred maunga. We spend tine with theNav Nation in training; and we share some of the exciting achievements of eight kura across Te Waipounamu advancing literacy and numeracy.

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The Pebble in your shoe

Sometimes we are so focused on our phones, that we completely overlook the spectacular landscape we are travelling through. A break in connectivity suddenly causes us to pause and reflect at the majesty outside. We need both. To focus on the daily grind, but to always remember the purpose – the attainment of Mokopuna Ora –everyone’s chance to shine in the radiance of the rainbow. This week’s blog travels the road with Kahukura Pounamu, Mokopuna Ora, and Kura Reo.

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Cutting through the wire

What a week we have had. A former Governor General; the Prime Minister; a roll-call of Ministers and some energetic new kaimahi! Meanwhile at the tope of the South, Ariki Creative was rolling out a marketing/comms / branding wānanga to ensure all our whānau-based enterprises in Whakatū, Wairau and Waikawa are promoting their messages in the strongest means possible. It feels like the new year has well and truly begun.

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Te Maingo o Hiwaiterangi

Next Wednesday 3 July, between 10am-2pm, a kaumātua Healthy Day and Matariki lunch is being held at Leeston Memorial Hall.

Taumutu is hosting a fabulous feast – and Tuahiwi Marae is getting into it by putting on a bus to travel out for the day.  The riding instructions are pretty clear:  “wear your pretties, sort your wig, and bring your makeup and lippy”.

 

That’s what the spirit of Matariki is all about – celebrating in style, feasting together, reflecting on loved ones gone and planting the seeds of hope for tomorrow.    Have a look at our Matariki/Puanga edition of the blog.

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This is my life, this is my breath

Graphic design and marketing.   Reading the stars and Matariki hākari.   Annual hui to do futures planning; dancing the night away; and supporting whānau to be the best carers they can for their tamariki mokopuna.   All of these topics are covered in this week’s blog.

 

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The reflection of perfection

Everyone this week has a view about ‘Oranga Tamariki’ the organisation; and ‘oranga tamariki’ – the desired state of wellbeing we seek for all children of Aotearoa.  There is a growing list of concerns about the behaviours and attitudes of the various parties who are heavily ‘hands-on’ in the interventions that occur in the context of state care; and an equally strong call from whānau that the state should be ‘hands off’ and provide a space instead for whānau to flourish, for children to be nurtured within the context of their own.  This week we look at some hui that are occurring around this issue, as well as congratulate two of our own Matariki stars: FUSH and the Ōtautahi Co-lab.

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Kia ao ake te rā, he tio, he keo, he hauhunga

Aunty Kiwa’s instructions are always clear and often to the point – “Never close the door.   Keep talking.   Work hard.  Nurture and support the next generation.   Stand together.   Wear a rubber.  Keep moving forward.  No matter what happens, no matter how ugly it gets, aroha, aroha, aroha.

 This week we share the highlights of a beautiful reception held to honour Mereana Mokikiwa Hutchen, as well as introduce some upcoming hui for caregivers in Motueka and Nelson.

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Whānau Ora at the heart of the Wellbeing Budget

In announcing the new funding for Oranga Tamariki, Hon Tracey Martin said: “The Ministry will work differently both with individual tamariki and whānau and at a system level”.    In that one word – differently – the Minister demonstrated she was prepared to try a new way, to respond to the call from whānau, hapū and iwi to listen to their advice.

 It was music to all our ears to hear the words, Whānau Ora, said loud and proud in the Government’s social sector briefing.   We’re not sure about all the detail yet…but we are certainly feeling far more confident of our journey forward as the waves from the wellbeing budget come into shore.

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We can do better

This week, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu was at parliament to learn about opportunities for whanau in the wellbeing budget.  It was a mere 24 hours later that all the news channels were full of talkback about the report into bullying and harassment in the parliamentary complex.  Our blog this weeks ponders how a Whanau Ora approach could influence change in attitudes and behaviours.

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Real work, real talk and real change

This week I got a wonderful text from Matua Pere telling me that the video of their mahinga kai initiative had been viewed 16,000 times and has reached in excess of 40,000 people from England, Australia and New Zealand.    To find out what all the fuss is about, have a read of this week’s blog.

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What do we do with a Broken Pounamu?

This week, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu was asked to attend a meeting in Wellington about the Carer’s Strategy.   One of the interesting questions we debated was around definitions – how we describe the practice of caring.   Is it mahi aroha, the expression of manaakitanga, whakawhanaungatanga?  We had a similar quandry when reading the report of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group : is it about responding to broken people – or is it about a broken system?  The ways in which we explain key concepts are fundamental in reaching understanding.   This week the blog deals with some of these issues.

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The Lament of love

This week’s blog is written in the cloud of a great heaviness.   A beloved aunty of Puketeraki marae; a cherished husband of our Dame; a precious mother of three young boys have all left us this week and we weep with their whānau in the depth of their loss.   Set alongside the context of the nation’s tears for ANZAC, we remember those who sacrificed their lives that we may have a brighter future.

 That future is underpinned by economic prospects which this week we feature, both a photo exhibition from the market in our recent symposium, as well as a brief description of three of our enterprises.

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Ngā Mihi Aroha

What a week!  The atmosphere was electric, the room was pumping high with positivity.   Our blog this week recalls some of the highlights and take-outs from our annual symposium, Puao te Rā, Uramai te Rā.   We'd love to hear your thoughts too.....

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Be the beacon of hope

As we fast approach the Whānau Ora Symposium next week, there has been a hive of activity.  Our Navigator Tīnana champions have been paddling Lake Pukaki and climbing Aoraki; a group of Whānau Ora Navigators are completing their four sessions at Family Drug Support this week; another group of about twenty Whānau Ora Navigators are completing an inspirational wānanga – Taku Reo Rāhiri – around the rituals of engagement; and a group of fabulous entrepreneurs have completed their business accelerator programme, Te Papori o Whakatere.   Just to cap it all off three of our team are up in Rotorua at the national Māori summit on criminal justice.

 

And meanwhile, the programme has gone to the printer; the last invitations have been sent, and the registrations for our symposium, Puao te Rā; uramai te Rā; are rapidly flying in.    So few sleeps left…..

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Ko Tātou, Tātou

One of the poignant moments of the national memorial services to remember the Mosque victims was when a young daughter spoke the name of her late father, telling the crowd that he was “a really nice man”.   It reminded us all – the victims of the terrorist attack were fathers, sons, brothers, friends.   We must remember their stories, speak their names, honour their lives.

 

This week’s blog reflects on the national memorial; brings some messages from the national summit on whānau development, and shares the experience behind the Koha Kai recipe book.

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