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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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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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.Read More
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.Read More
This week it’s all about tino rangatahitanga! At the Philanthropy Summit I attended in Wellington a Youth accord of founders was announced while in Dunedin a Youth Vision was announced. Meanwhile at Omaka Pa their young people were hosting and performing in their distinctive style. Such is the promise of our future.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.....Read More
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…..Read More
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.Read More
At 1.32pm on Friday 22 March, a mass crowd of Muslim workshippers supplicated themselves on to the ground, bowing down with humility and reverence to a greater power.
It made all of us stop and remember the events of just a week ago when the beautiful peace of our nation was erupted, for ever. That moment of destruction of fifty lives - people who were at their most vulnerable, at their most holy.
Over these last seven days we have learnt so much about each other. We have learnt about the daily reality of racism; about respect and graciousness; about a determination to stand together in solidarity. This week our blog features some of the moments of this last week.Read More
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that" Dr Martin Luther King.
As our whānau come together in Ōtautahi, we send our love, our light, and our support to us all over these next few hours, days, weeks as we start to process the incomprehensible.
Our blog this week reflects on the week that was, yet knowing we will never be the same again.Read More
This week at Rapaki marae, Andrea and Peter from NZ Police talked about elder abuse. It was a perfect context to be having the korero as we had been sharing an update on Whānau Ora. The blog goes North to Nelson and Blenheim, and finishes the week at a farewell at Awarua Whānau Services.Read More
The Minister for Māori Development/Local Government had barely boarded the plane after a day of reflecting on the recovery efforts in Nelson, before smoke was once again filling the sky. The smouldering heat of the Valley fires erupted once more, meaning our emergency response navigator, Kahutane Whaanga, was catapulted back into action, This week shares more stories of that time, as well as celebrating our fabulous international award from Jostle: Nurturing Workplace culture.Read More