Waiting for Friday

How often have you heard the phrase – ‘thank god it’s Friday?’ meaning thank goodness Friday is here, and the weekend is nigh.  In the world of Whānau Ora, it is a joy to behold so many people who describe their mahi as the dream job they’d been waiting for all of their life.   Not for them the drudgery of a 9-5, Monday to Friday existence.  The mahi is just another opportunity to be inspired, to learn, to imagine and believe that what they do will create a better world for us all.

This week was no exception.  

On Tuesday, some of our team from Te Pūtahitanga joined a crowd at least 180 strong, at beautiful Rapaki Marae, to support and welcome 19 new kaimahi to their roles within Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.

We were proud to support two of our new directors, as they were welcomed into their new roles on our General Partner Limited Board.

Trevor Taylor was Chief Executive of Outward Bound since 2001. Prior to that he spent 25 years in the New Zealand energy sector.   He is the independent Chair of Worldskills New Zealand. Trevor who spent his first 20 years in Dunedin now lives in Wellington with his wife Shona.

Donovan Clarke, (Waikato - Tainui, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti te Ata) was born and raised in Murihiku.  He is married to Tireina ( Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuia ) and they have 3 children and 1 mokopuna named Wiremu. Donovan has worked across the Te Waipounamu with the NZ Police and Southern DHB. He is passionate about supporting whānau to develop a pathway forward in terms of health, education or business. He mentors a number of young Māori leaders  across the country and is inspired by the willingness of our rangatahi to “step up”.

Our third new Board director is Lisa Tumahai, who is well known to Te Pūtahitanga through her previous role as Chair of the iwi partnership board, Te Taumata.


Stepping Up in Style

Stepping up is exactly what a group of young entrepreneurs are doing as part of Living the Dream.  

Between 30 November 2015 and 19 February 2016, Live the Dream came, for the first time, to Te Waipounamu.  Live the Dream is an intensive accelerator programme for young people aged 18–30 years. It’s an amazing opportunity for them to develop their social entrepreneurship and enterprise capability, to grow their ideas for a better world.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has been delighted to support Keefe Robinson-Gore , one of the talented up and coming leaders participating in the nine week programme.   

The venture: Mauri Ora

What I’m working on: I want to address the short-comings in the current food system and its contribution to environmental degradation. We are passionate about creating a food production business that facilitates a symbiotic relationship between place, people, and produce. Our focus is on living with papatūānuku – not on or off her. Our aim is a business that leaves the environment in a better state because of its existence. Mō tātou, a, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei. Mauri Ora: the essence of life.


The playwright, Oscar Wilde, once said “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”.  In Te Waipounamu we are blessed with the opportunity to see the most exquisite sunrises, and dreamy sunsets in almost every direction we look.  It must mean that our landscape is telling us, we are born to dream, to thrive, to experience the fullest expression of ‘ora’ in every way that we can.

Mauri ora!