Head in the Clouds


I had my head in the clouds, literally, this week.   A quick visit to Nelson, for Te Waka a Maui hui at Whakatu Marae, gave me a stunning view of a sea of fluffy puffs of cloud for as far as the eye could see.   

And it made me think about the different views we see from the ground – those threatening clouds looming above that signal a storm coming; vague shapes suspended in the atmosphere; obscuring the sun, covering the moon; or seen as a blemish in an otherwise perfect horizon of blue.

Whānau Ora asks us to have another view around our whānau – to see them from a different perspective, to create a new landscape in which success is normalised, a platform of hope.   Where others see shortcomings, indicators of deprivation, we want whānau to focus on what is possible, to look anew at their strengths.


The endless sunshine in Te Tau Ihu over the last week certainly helps to lift the spirits and focus on all that is good in the world.   I had a great visit to Te Awhina Marae, meeting with Ann Martin, listening to the joyful songs ringing out from the kōhanga, hearing about the plans being made to celebrate Waitangi Day this Saturday.   All the whānau are welcome at 2pm at Te Awhina Marae o Motu – there will be music, cultural performance, food, crafts, and the hāngī to be lifted at 5.30pm!

Back at Whakatu Marae in Nelson, this year they celebrate the 8th international kai festival which is going to be held on Monday 8th February, powhiri at the marae at 10.30am.   Along with every type of kai under the sun, reggae band Wicked Draw will entertain, along with Samba de Sol and Ofa He Lotu (Free Church of Tonga).

Back to Christchurch for the last part of the week, and we’ve been spoilt with the opportunity for some of our Whānau Ora Navigators to take up PATH facilitation training.

PATH is a creative planning tool that uses symbols and colour to map out a plan that includes dreams and aspirations, looking at proposed achievements, a reflection on values and a range of things to consider alongside an action plan.

This Waitangi weekend, across Te Waipounamu, there is a range of things happening to focus on the pathway to nationhood – at Waikawa Marae in Picton; Te Ana Whakairi – the Maori Rock Art Centre in Timaru; at Queens Park in Invercargill, at whānau touch rugby tournament at ARaiteuru marae in Dunedin, the people gathering at Onuku marae, or open day at Te Tauraka Wakaa Maui marae (Bruce Bay).    In each hui, at each marae, the people will share the korero, the kai, the expression of manaakitanga that binds us together.

At our whānau level, in rich and diverse ways, we might want to use this time on reflecting about our progress towards nationhood, to also think about the path forward at a whānau level.   Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope – - there’s never a better time to do it than now!

If you would like to know more about PATH planning, contact Kataraina Pipi at kpipi at xtra.co.nz or drop us a line at info@teputahitanga.org