The ‘koukou’ brand : blight free; virus free and delicious taewa.

The ‘koukou’ brand : blight free; virus free and delicious taewa.

This week Te Waipounamu has had the privilege of hosting the Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.   And what a week it has been.   From the still tranquility of Koukourārata, to a drive in Christchurch inner East, to look at the blocked up bedsits, no longer inhabitable; to a Māori Business Breakfast at the Gas Monkey, to the Kura Reo – the Minister crammed as much as he could into his week.

 

 

On Monday he presided at the quarterly meeting with our Te Pūtahitanga Board, while managing to also meet with all the entities that comprise our innovation hub.   A fantastic day with the absolute highlight being the launch of the video showcasing the impact of the 1000 Days Trust.  

 

The 1000 Days model consists of a residential service, and a comprehensive follow on programme for whānau. 


The model focuses on the parent-child relationships.  It is the parent-child relationship that buffers a child from adversity and builds resilience.   The intended outcome of the 1000 Days model is to empower whānau to establish healthy and positive relationships with their children, with the tools to nurture them to reach their full potential.

Back row: Mata Cherrington and Prue Halstead (1000 Days Trust); Helen Leahy, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Norm Dewes, GPL Board Chair and GPL Board member, Donovan Clarke. Front row: Coach Aimee Kaio; Taumata Chair, Molly Luke and Māori Party MP Marama Fox.

Back row: Mata Cherrington and Prue Halstead (1000 Days Trust); Helen Leahy, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Norm Dewes, GPL Board Chair and GPL Board member, Donovan Clarke.

Front row: Coach Aimee Kaio; Taumata Chair, Molly Luke and Māori Party MP Marama Fox.

First stop on Tuesday was the Biological Husbandry Unit at Lincoln University where the whānau from Koukourārata are working with the team there, to ensure only the finest quality crops of taewa will be harvested in the gardens of ‘heaven’.  

Minister Flavell, Peter Ramsden and Manaia Cunningham, showing that they know how to till the soil.

Minister Flavell, Peter Ramsden and Manaia Cunningham, showing that they know how to till the soil.

The Minister enjoyed a good couple of hours at the beautiful marae of Tūtehuarewa, meeting with the Corrections staff involved in their maara kai, while also observing the construction of the new whare to house the students of their wānanga Taiao.

And no trip to Koukourārata would be complete without time to sit in the sun and relax, with the stories of Matua Peter and TPK advisor, Ross Paniora, to entertain him

Meanwhile back at the office, Careers NZ had all the cameras out, as they seek to profile Ariki Creative and Māui Studios.   Careers New Zealand is developing resources that provide employers an opportunity to communicate directly with rangatahi to:

  • highlight the values and culture within Māori Businesses
  • inspire them to consider the roles, opportunities and career pathways within the Māori economy and to
  • make them aware of the skills they are looking for in future employees.

It’s interesting to see Careers NZ being so interested in our young digital natives, in light of some key statistics I head from Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, who spoke on Thursday night at an event for The Global Shapers Christchurch Hub.   Jacinda talked about 46% of the jobs we know today not being around in two decades time; and that a young person entering the labour force now should expect fifteen careers over a lifetime.  

 

 

The Global Shapers community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum.   Apparently there are currently 453 Global Shapers Hubs, and over 6000 individuals involved.  


Other exciting things to take place this week included four of our team (two coaches, one contract advisor and a project sponsor) attended the Pumaomao nationhood training at Hongoeka Marae in Plimmerton, Wellington.  Te Pumaomao presents strategies to maximize and enhance cross-cultural relationships for organisations who wish to strengthen their understanding of a Māori world view.

Michelle Lomax-Sawyers; Gina-Lee Duncan, Matt James and Mel Tainui in heartland Hongoeka

Michelle Lomax-Sawyers; Gina-Lee Duncan, Matt James and Mel Tainui in heartland Hongoeka

e also had some of our team this week, taking up the Tetramap training.   The training promotes the concept of ‘interdependence’ as opposed to independence – or for that matter dependence.   It used the metaphor of the diversity of nature to make multiple connections with the people and the land.

Some of the Te Pūtahitanga navigators and contract advisors at the Tetramap training

Some of the Te Pūtahitanga navigators and contract advisors at the Tetramap training

$100,000 to support Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

The Board of Te Māngai Pāho has made available up to $100,000 to support Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. This funding is available to fund the execution of the best idea(s) to support the launch of Māori language week. With this fund there is no requirement that there is actually a broadcast outcome but there is an expectation that the idea will become an online sensation. DOWNLOAD THE RFP.  


Finally, as we move towards ANZAC DAY it is appropriate to reflect on the circumstances and the young Māori warriors who formed the Māori Contingent, later turning into the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion and finally the NZ Māori Pioneer Battalion over a century ago.  Some 2,500 Māori and Pacific Island people served

E kore ratou e koroheketia
Penei i a tatou kua mahue nei
E kore hoki ratou e ngoikore
Ahakoa pehea i nga ahuatanga o te wa.
I te hekenga atu o te ra
Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou
Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a rātou
Soldiers of the Pioneer Battalion awaiting departure during World War I, probably in Wellington.  Image courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, reference: 1/2-011079-F

Soldiers of the Pioneer Battalion awaiting departure during World War I, probably in Wellington.  Image courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, reference: 1/2-011079-F

 
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