Imagine a world better than this one
At dawn on Sunday the 6th of November 2016 the waka Tara-ki-uta and Tara-ki-tai were blessed by Matua Tom Mathews on the shores of Kaiteriteri Beach at the top of the South.
The blessing was supported by Uncle Rore and Aunty Lyn Stafford, Aunty Hera, Ngawaina Joy Shorrock, Ngarangi and Ropata Taylor. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, "Te ope o te rua Matariki" koutou.
The blessing signifies the start of "Waka Abel Tasman" - a new waka business. Te Pūtahitanga is proud to be associated with the roopu championing this initiative.
The concept of a waka is something which is alluring to us within the context of Whānau Ora. “He waka eke noa”: a canoe which we are all in with no exception. Whānau bring with them aspirations and dreams into their journey; the role for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is ensure the waters they travel upon are able to be navigated; there is sufficient air to propel them along the course; any snags are untangled; the waka guided past rocks and whirlpools. But essentially, whānau are in the powerhouse seat; the captains of their own canoe.
This week our team was drawn to the beautiful Waiau River, to spend a day looking at our moemoeā (our aspirations and vision); our uaratanga (our values); our whakamahi (operational policies and procedures). Over the last year our progress as a commissioning agency has been rapid and significant. We had no navigators at June 2015; we now have 41 FTE. In our first wave of commissioning, we negotiated investments in ten initiatives; we are now up to 81. While these achievements are very positive in terms of the impact they can create in achieving whānau transformation; our challenge as a team must be to ensure that our processes are seamless; bureaucracy minimized; and the focus clearly on the outcomes – the seven Whānau Ora pou.
Re-opening of Te Hapa o Niu Tireni
This Saturday (12th November), at 5am, the people of Kāti Huirapa are planning to welcome manuhiri to the re-opening of their whare, Te Hapa o Niu Tireni. Huirapa was one of the children of Tuhaitara and Marukore from whom the majority of southern hapū descend. As such, those with whākapapa links across Waitaha, Kāti Hawea, Kāti Mamoe, and Ngāi Tahu will be present to support this significant milestone for ngā whānau o Kati Huirapa.
At 10.30am Kāti Huirapa will have the first powhiri for the new whare followed by hakari.
It will be a very special day for all the whānau. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is particularly proud of our relationship with Te Rūnanga O Arowhenua with one of our contract advisors, Vania Pirini-Hurunui having been recently elected to serve for the next three years as the new Kaiwhakahaere.
Vania Pirini-Hurunui, a descendant of Te Anau and granddaughter of the late Mohi Fowler excels in leadership, advocacy and decision making across Te Waipounamu particularly the health and fitness sectors, including governance roles such as school board of trustees and Arowhenua Rūnanga.
Reo Pēpi was supported by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to attend and participate in the conference of the International Board on Books for Young People. The event tries to connect writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators and academics with the common focus of bringing literature to tamariki all around the world.
Reo Pēpi champions, Kitty Brown and Kirsty Parkinson, were delighted to be spending time with the champions and artistic legends of the literary world. Witi Ihimaera told the conference: “As a tribal people, if we stop telling our stories we foreclose on our culture.” He went further to challenge adults everywhere that "we need to inspire our children so that they can save this world!"
Another powerful address was from Dr. Darryn Joseph of AUT who spoke about the role of storytelling in his relationship with his son. “Wawatahia he ao pai ake i tēnei-Imagine a world better than this one”.
Welcome to new Kaiarahi
The first face that greets you when you walk into 10 Show Place, is our new kaiarahi, Bailey Te Hora-Raumati. Bailey has a background in working as a carer; and in assisting in general office administration and management support.
The Hope for Tomorrow
As the United States election results start being analysed, it has become more evident how the votes fell between the Democrats and Republicans. Among the younger portion of the voters, 18 to 29 year olds, Donald Trump earned 37 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 55 percent. Almost one in ten in this age group voted for third party candidates Jill Stein or Gary Johnson.
One of the most powerful messages given in Senator Hillary Clinton’s speech conceding defeat was the words that she left to the young people: “This loss hurt. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it”.
It is an interesting challenge to think about as we head into our own election year in 2017. How do we ensure election campaigning targets the youth vote? Is it a matter of refreshing our grasp of digital technology through Twitter, Facebook or intranet?
The Power of Self-Belief
Finally, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, is delighted to support rangatahi camps – as part of Rangatahi Tumeke – which have now become a wonderful opportunity to practice the expression of kaitiakitanga; the importance of seasons, tree planting and regenerating the whenua, as well as fostering a love for whakapapa, whanaungatanga, belonging.
Rangatahi Tumeke takes young boys and girls, aged between 12 – 17, to explore the Catlins and Rakiura for five days and four nights, for an experience that will last a life time. Rangatahi Tumeke is reconnecting rangatahi with the values and relationships that help to shape and define them. One rangatahi summed up her experience in one powerful statement: “what I enjoy the most is being able to walk in the steps of my tūpuna.” Now isn’t that a statement of inspiration which captures the essence of Whānau Ora!
Title Photo - Ian Trafford Photos