Knowing where we are heading.

There is a place I return to in my mind when I am looking for a direction.

Punakaiki.   A place where the river meets the sea.

It is the place we spent holidays in summer, floating on the lilo, swimming from bank to shore.

Just us and the wild rugged landscape that shaped my mother’s life.

It was the place we returned to when Mum passed away.



This week has given me plenty of room for thinking about direction.


I’ve had the privilege of being on a PATH Facilitation Training course – Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope.   The two day training constantly encouraged us to begin with the end in sight.   As they say, if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?

You might recall the kōrero from Alice in Wonderland:


“Which way ought I go to from here?” said Alice to the Cat

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

PATH Planning is a tool, a process to assist to get us where we want to be, rather than walking aimlessly, looking for a direction.  The sequence of planning helps pathfinders clarify the ‘dream’, pull out the values that are needed to achieve change, consider the blocks that have to be addressed, recognise our inherent strengths, and then chart the steps to make it happen.

The group that gathered together in Christchurch this week included navigators from Whakatū Marae (Nelson), Te Hauora o Ngāti Rarua (Blenheim), Te Āwhina Marae (Motueka), Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu (Invercargill), Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae (Hokitika); Te Whare Hauora, Te Rūnanga o Nga Mataawaka, He Waka Tapu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (Christchurch).   35 of us all up – here we are demonstrating which element we identify with most : Fire, Water, Earth, Air.

Earlier in the week, Maania Farrar and I spent time with Juliette Stevenson from Arowhenua Whānau Services in Ashburton.  While we caught up with the developments for Whānau Ora in Temuka and beyond, Juliette’s beautiful baby boy George was happily immersing himself in one of the Reo Pēpi books – now that’s the ultimate endorsement of their work when the ‘target demographic’ seems engrossed!

Only a couple of weeks now until the Start Up Weekend in Nelson; a series of workshops designed to ignite entrepreneurial spark in a kaupapa Maori environment over 54 hours (15-17 April).  For further information on Start-up weekends visit
Contact Chan Collin;; M. 0275-401-027.

Wahine Ora

New Horizons for Women Trust provides awards that benefit women and/or girls. Each year the Trust provides a number of second-chance education, research and specific purpose awards.  In 2016, New Horizons will offer a new co-funded research award with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga , New Zealand's Māori Centre for Research Excellence, valued at $10,000. Our new award is namedWāhine Ora:Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Horizons for Women Trust Research Award. The award aims to support research that benefits Māori women, girls and/or whānau in Aotearoa.  The name Wāhine Oradepicts the wellbeing, mana and wairua of Māori and their whānau.  For 2016, all awards close at 7pm on 17 April.

If you have any questions, contact our office by email:


Rangatahi Leadership

Nominations for the 2016 Youth Awards close on 18 April.

There are up to five recipients for each award. Recipients are chosen by a panel including young people.

  • Change Maker Award : For young people who have created positive change: to foster cultural understanding in their community (Cultural Change Maker); in or for the LGBTI community (LGBTI Change Maker); which results in a safer environment for young people in their community (Community Safety Change Maker).

  • Leadership Award: For young people who’ve demonstrated leadership in a project or organisation.

  • Giving Back Award: For young people whose actions address a current need and have had a significant impact on their community.

  • Working for Youth Award : For young people whose actions specifically support other young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, environment or sport.

  • Youth with Disability Award: For young people with a disability who’ve made a significant contribution to the disability sector and/or their community.

  • Youth Group Award: For a group of young people who’ve made a significant contribution to their community in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, environment or sport.

  • Youth Champion Award : For an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to their community in areas such as the arts, culture, education, environment, health, research or sport.

Finally, a photo of our sponsor…..look who was in town to sample Green tea with Kawakawa, and Jade’s infamous smoked mānuka eggs….the Minister for Whānau Ora with Jade Temepara, founder of Kākano Café and Cookery School, one of the first Wave of Te Pūtahitanga commissioned initiatives.