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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Aroha. Aroha. Aroha

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.

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Love is our answer

"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.

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Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up

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.

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Think of the person who planted the tree

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. 

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The many faces of haka and healthiness

At 12.51pm on Friday 22 February the world stands still.  It is a time to grieve lost loved ones; to replay in our minds where we were on the day that the earthquake landed in Christchurch.   And it is time to reflect on how far we have come – and how far we still have to go.

 

It was, therefore, a significant coincidence that on this day, we were in Wellington meeting the Minister for Whānau Ora to talk about the final report from the review of Whānau Ora, Tipu Matoro ki te ao – at the same time as not far down the road was Te Matatini ki te ao. Both the report – and the kapa haka extravaganza – have in common the power and the potential to grow, to prosper and to share with the world.   There could be no better expression of the wellbeing of whānau to see young and old, male and female, small and big, urban and regional – gathered together to support their top teams, and to cherish the drama, the theatre, the meaningful moments, the poignant power of the words.  This is the context for this week’s blog.

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Courage is what it takes

There is nothing that lifts my spirits more than being immersed in the company of genius.  I see genius in the creativity of applicants turning up all over Te Waipounamu for the Wave Nine workshops.   I feel hunger for learning in the brand new students of the brand new kura at Omaka Pa – te Pa Wananga.   I hear of amazing events that occurred at Te Pataka o Wairau or the Kaumatua Day Out in Queenstown last week.   And I learn every day of the bravery, the versatility and the sacrifice of those who have helped whānau to get through the fires of Nelson, including our new Emergency Response Navigator, Kahutane Whanga.   Courage – that’s what we see on a daily basis in the ability of whānau to step up and be counted.   Read and be amazed…..

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We are often at the liberty of the elements of nature

The fires engulfing the fields of Whakatu have occupied our thoughts over these last 24 hours in particular.   We have relocated Navigators from Blenheim, including our Manukura Serena Lyders, to support the team in Nelson.   The marae are on high alert; the community doing all that it can to stem the angry path of flames from approaching built up areas.   As the winds rise, we in Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu are thinking of all that we can do to help address the crisis looming fast on Nelson horizons.

 

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Living by Design not Default

As we lead into Waitangi Day it has been great to see the different range of events being held to recognise and understand the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to the growth of our nation and all our people.  This week we advertise some of those events as well as share some of the great momentum building as Wave Nine opens.

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Fresh faces and perspectives in Whānau Ora

Fish and chips is as iconic to Aotearoa as jandals and pavlova.   So when Anton Matthews came forward with FUSH – and over 3000 Canterburians overnight expressed interest in learning te reo in a café environment, he knew there was something special about his idea to revitalise the language.  This week we look into the FUSH success, as well of course, as share the excitement of the Wave Nine applications for Whānau Ora.

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Beautiful waters reflect purity and wonder yet hide so much beneath

Next week – on Monday 21st January – we open for expressions of interest for Wave Nine Ora funding.

 Wave Nine is driven by the whakatauki : Hurihia to aroaro ki te rā, tukuna to atarangi kia taka ki muri i a koe  (Turn your face to the sun and let the shadows fall behind you).

 This week’s blog takes a look around the motu – from Mapua to Otautahi, from the land of Makaawhio to Paremata – seeing how the sun shines on all our whānau in their various initiatives.

 Have a read!

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Ngā mihi mo te tau hou ki a koutou katoa!

‘Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, “it will be happier” (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

 

And isn’t that the truth!  Our new year starts with some great stories of hope and happiness from the Whānau Ora entities and initiatives across Te Waipounamu.  Have a look at what’s happening in Kaiteriteri, Blenheim, Murihiku, South Dunedin, Titiraukawa, and Kaikoura.

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I have one thing that counts and that is my heart.

As we come to the end of another year, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu celebrates with you an amazing year of enterprise, entrepreneurship, energy and effort on behalf of, for and with whānau. 

 The year ended in great spirits with a fantastic legal education training session from Korimako; some inspirational – and health-enhancing activities from our resident pharmacist and Navigator Tinana contracts in Bluff and Dunedin; the launching of WildKrafty Aotearoa in Nelson; and an amazing selection of Christmas goodness from right across the motu.

 It’s all about a love for the people  that each of you give so freely, and so consistently.  

 Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te tau hou ki a tātau katoa.

 

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Reflecting on the successes and challenges behind us

Graduation parades; red carpet and catwalks; Carols at the Pa; Christmas parties – this week had it all.   In amongst the tinsel and jingle bells, we also had opportunity to think about the impact of violence in our lives, and our collective commitment to make a difference to the dynamics around the family fire.   This week’s blog takes us along for the ride – celebrating our graduates, being grateful for the special people in our lives.

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Ngā Whāriki Manaaki

In the season leading up to Christmas parties and summer holiday relaxation, what better way to refocus the energy than to head along to a Whānau Whakaora Wellbeing event?  

It’s been a very busy week for our team – the Corstorphine Community Hub held a wellbeing event on Saturday in Dunedin; in Invercargill there was Maranga Mai on Sunday, and then the Nav Nation carried on the laughter, the reflection and the connections throughout the week. 

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The land of the orange cones

“We will not be measured by the kilometres of pipes and road that we replace but by how our people come through this”  (Jim Palmer,  Waimakariri District Council CEO Sept 2010).  This week has been motivated by how we remain dedicated to the goal that our whānau are at the centre of all that we do – the decision-making; the town planning; the services; the attitudes and expectations.   It has been a week in which we been continuing to champion the Tu Pono kaupapa – te mana kaha o te whānau.   We have been focusing on post-earthquake resilience; attended the LGBTI awards; and maintaining our focus on physical health and wellbeing.  

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The ebb and flow - Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au

This weekend there will be two roads out of Otautahi: one on the way to Ipukarea in Blenheim; the other to the Ngai Tahu Hui a Tau at Onuku Marae in Akaroa.   Such events promote the opportunity for whakawhanaungatanga; for celebration; for connections.  This week’s blog we take a glance at five of the iwi of Te Tauihu; drop in on the national Kaumatua conference, and attend a hui on mothers and babies in prison.

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The earth laughs in flowers

This week we spare a moment to reflect on the impact of the 14 November 2016 earthquakes generated in Kaikoura; we host a group of senior managers from the Ministry of Social Development and we share the excitement of Ngai Tahu and Oranga Tamariki signing the first Strategic Partnership between that agency and iwi.

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