Auē rā e Aoraki te maunga ariki

Kātahi au ka kite ai i a Aoraki e tū ma i rā e

E ngaro ana koe i roto i te kohu me te hukarere

Auē rā e Aoraki te maunga ariki

Maringi a i ōu roimata ki roto o Pūkaki

Kātahi rā ka haruru mai ki te awa o Waitaki

Ka āta titi ro ngā mānia tekateka o Waitaha

Mehemea au ka tuohu ai me maunga teitei

Noho ma i rā kei te hoki ahau ki te ohonga o te rā e i…

This waiata captures a day in the life of its composer, Hutika Manawatu, when she saw Aoraki maunga clearly against the skyline.   She was so filled with awe that she wrote these words.

That sense of wonderment, reverence and respect for Aoraki, was a sensation shared in many different realms over the last week as I had a few days off with my whānau exploring the beautiful South.  The glittering beauty of Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Takapo, Pūkaki, Te Whaka-ata a Haki-te-kura will stay with me forever.


My daughter and her boyfriend persuaded me it was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience to immerse ourselves in the spine-chilling freshness of Pūkaki.   They were right.

My daughter and her boyfriend persuaded me it was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience to immerse ourselves in the spine-chilling freshness of Pūkaki.   They were right.

The stories of Haki te Kura, as expressed by Tahu Potiki, were a particular highlight of our few days.   Her remarkable swim across Wakatipu, the splendour of her reflection in the lake immortalised in the name, Te Whaka-ata a Haki-te-kura, (later referred to as Lake Hayes); her legendary and fatal fall from the cliffs at Taieri Mouth, Te Rereka a Haki Te Kura (the leap of Haki Te Kura) are just part of the unique history that shapes our knowledge and experience of Queenstown, Wanaka, the Lindis Pass, the contours and valleys of the land we travelled through.   We live in a natural paradise with a rich archive of history to inspire creativity.

These types of stories will be one of the aspects of connection that we might expect to see with IwiNet, an initiative being driven by Digital Natives whose aim is to create a platform that resonates with the next generation and encourages them to sustain our cultural heritage. Recent research has found that tangata whenua are one of the best at dynamic adaption, the ability to move with the times and recognise early how to adapt new technologies and opportunities for our own purposes. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has been proud to invest in IwiNet which will enable whānau to get in touch with each other easily and frequently. It is an online community that has the functionality to connect Māori with hapū, iwi and other kaupapa based interests.

Meanwhile at the top of the South, in Te Tai Tapu, the whānau of Mohua have been meeting with our contract advisor for Te Tau Ihu, Te Ra Morris, around Wave Five applications. Whaea Bev Purdie of Onetahua marae (Ngati Tama me Te Atiawa) and Glynn Rogers of Golden Bay Community Workers Trust and Onetahua marae (Ngati Kahungunu and Tuhoe) have extended the welcome for us to come to the beauty of Golden Bay, the heartland of Takaka, as soon as we can.   Can’t wait!

On Tuesday, some of our team attended a series of lectures hosted by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre: He Kokonga Whare: Māori and the Transmission of Historical Trauma.

The research programme targets different contexts of trauma, recovery, and healing responses as manifest in four research projects:

  1. The Whenua, Historical Trauma and Health Outcomes project (Whenua Project);

  2. The Health and Wellbeing of Māori Prisoners on Reintegration to the community project (Prisoners Project);

  3. The Impact of Sexual Violence on Māori project (Sexual Violence Project); and

  4. The Māori Narratives of Trauma and Wellness project (Wellness Project).


On Thursday, I attended a meeting with an interesting title, All Right?.   All Right? was launched in February 2013 to support Cantabrians to think about and improve their mental health and wellbeing as the region recovers from the earthquakes.   Members of the group included Red Cross, SKIP, the Mental Health Foundation, Community and Public Health, Ngai Tahu researcher, Cath Savage, and representatives from the City Council.

The mandate from the group came from the Prime Minister’s top science advisor:

A comprehensive and effective psychosocial recovery programme needs to support the majority of the population who need some psychosocial support within the community (such as basic listening, information and community-led interventions) to allow their innate psychological resilience and coping mechanisms to come to the fore
— Sir Peter Gluckman

You are probably familiar with the work of this group through the truly stunning kapa haka posters, featuring local champions such as Aaron Hapuku and his daughter, Kaahu.

Have a look at their website; there are some really great projects like activity cards promoting Whakatō i te Purapura (planting seeds) as a great Spring activity for the whole whānau.

Their latest initiative was Digital Detox, a planned activity last Sunday in Canterbury, to put down the phones.  Apparently according to Nokia, most people look at their phone 150 times a day, or once every 6.5 minutes while they’re awake.  Digital Detox promoted the thought – how do we find balance while using technology?  How vital is it to be connected 24/7 to a digital device?  Will the world stop if we take a break from technology?



Big Week Coming Up

Next week,  Te Waipounamu is going to be spoilt for choice with the various hui occurring.

  • Saturday 8 October, 3pm, Te Runanga o Moeraki, Promotion of Wave Five, (Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu)


  • Monday 10th October; Takahanga Marae, Kaikoura, 11am-1pm : Promotion of Wave Five, (Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu)


  • Tuesday 11th October, “Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth”, Parliament Buildings, Wellington; 4.30pm


  • Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 October, Rehua Marae, Christchurch: Waitaha Mokopuna Ora symposium


  • Wednesday 12 October, Westpac Stadium, Wellington: NGO Health and Disability Sector National Forum


  • Thursday 13th October, Riccarton Park : Hon Te Ururoa Flavell invites you to the Regional Economic Development Programme with speakers including Ta Mark Solomon, Ta Tipene O’Regan, Whānau Ora Coach, Aimee Kaio (NORA ltd) and Digital Native, Hori Te Ariki Mātaki.

Other Opportunities available


Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has announced a sponsorship opportunity, to support twenty Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (aged 16-25 years) to participate in an international accelerating technologies event in Ōtautahi, the SingularityU New Zealand Summit.  

The summit is held from Monday 14-16 November, 2016.Please complete the application form ‘Ngāi Tahu Rangatahi SingularityU’ which is available to download on the Ngāi Tahu Funds website or get in touch with us today by emailing: or call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

Applications close Friday 14th October (please note: there are only 20 spaces available).

Maori Digital Technology

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced that applications are open for the Māori Digital Technology Development Fund which will support greater participation by Māori in New Zealand’s digital technology industries.

The funding priorities are:

  • improving digital skills and pathways for Māori in digital technologies

  • growing digital technologies businesses

  • enhancing new Māori language and culture initiatives through digital technologies.


We ended the week with some wonderful stimulus from Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, who spent some time in Te Whenua Taurikura (our hub at 10 Show Place), bringing together ground breaking information from neuroscience, attachment theory and child development. Some of the key areas included:

  • research findings regarding brain development in our infants, children and young people;


  • How brain development is linked to our ability to develop resilience to later life challenges including developing positive, supportive and healthy relationships; and


  • How to minimise risks for brain development at different stages of a child’s life.


Don’t forget to vote



For those who want to keep up with the latest information on the local government elections, you can track progress on the rate of return and latest results on Election results will be available from there soon after voting closes on Saturday, 8th October at 12 noon.

Papers can still be returned to councils directly until midday on Saturday – check with your local council for where they can be returned.

Don’t forget… today….have your say….


Finally, you have a few hours left, to join the millions, to be recruited in a mass movement of smiles!


Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.


As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we should all devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. .  He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®.


So please…. Go forth….and smile!

Luke EganComment