Māori females can do it


Māori females can do it

This Friday night, we are accompanying Whenua Kura to the BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming awards dinner for the Ahuwhenua Trophy, in Hamilton.   


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This year, two of the three finalists for the prestigious award are from Te Waipounamu: Ngāi Tahu Farming Ltd, and Rakaia Incorporation.   In addition, one of our bright young stars, Ash-Leigh Campbell (Ngāi Tahu) is a finalist for the Young Māori Farmer Awards.   Ash-Leigh received a Whenua Kura scholarship funded by Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University to help grow Māori leadership in agriculture.  Ash-Leigh is fuelled with enthusiasm about the opportunities ahead.  “I definitely want to make an imprint on Māori farming in New Zealand ……I especially want to publicise that Māori females can do it”.   We will be so proud to stand in support of Whenua Kura, and all the finalists in the Oscars of Agriculture.


Join The Conversation

One in four New Zealanders are limited by a physical, learning, mental health, sensory or other impairment.   That’s approximately 1.1 million of us.   Closing this Sunday on 22 May, the Office of Disability Issues has been putting out the pānui – what are the most important things are for disabled New Zealanders and their whānau to live a good life, to feel valued, supported and able to participate in their communities.  There’s heaps of different ways to ‘join the conversation’ – you can record a video, fill out a survey, share it in on Facebook,

Visit www.jointheconversation.nz to share your views on what will make the difference.


World Number One in Waka Ama

Congratulations to all of the paddlers who competed in the World Sprint Competition, the IVF Va’a Championships at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast of Australia from 5-15 May.   


For the first time ever, New Zealand won overall.   Upsetting favourites Tahiti for the first time, New Zealand won the entire competition with a total of 79 medals - 30 gold, 27 silver and 22 bronze.  The competition is seen as a prelude for the sport’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.


Well done to all the teams from home, including those featured below: Iaean Cranwell (Ngāi Tahu – Wairewa), Craig Pauling (Ngāi Tahu – Taumutu) and Adrian Tukaki (Ngāi Tahu – Taumutu), who along with Todd Jago (Ngāti Raukawa), Jack Wormald and Ross Gilray have been paddling together for over ten years  The team, Aoraki Matatū, from the Te Waka Pounamu club is based in Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour.   Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is rapt to be investing in a number of waka ama initiatives, including one in the Able Tasman with Whenua Iti, Todd and Leanne Jago; and one in Christchurch (Tipu Taitama Voyaging Trust).   Watch this space…..


Aoraki Matatū celebrating their win at the 2016 Nationals.


March for all our Mokopuna

Also happening this Sunday 22nd May, in Christchurch, is a rally gathering at Cranmer Square, 1pm, to demonstrate our concern at the tragic events associated with the loss of children in the hands of those who have responsibility for their care.  While the loss of one child has taken over the media profile, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is keen to see whānau mobilized in standing up for the love and protection of all our children.  It is often easy for attention to be drawn to a particular case; a particular whānau – but we must never lose sight of the greater conversation we must have as whānau, communities, New Zealanders.  How do we ensure all of our children grow up in loving homes, where they are learning about quality relationships, where they are treated with respect, where they benefit from the wisdom of generations invested in them?



Magic in the Home

Since July 2015, the 1000 Days Trust, based in Murihiku/Southland, has been piloting an approach which aims to achieve that aspiration of a stable nurturing environment for babies, children and their whānau.   Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has invested in the Trust which has established a unique residential facility where, if appropriate child, parent/caregiver and whānau, can take part in a five-day intensive intervention programme. In the last four months, 25 families have already engaged with the programme, with nine choosing to stay at the residential facility. They are currently receiving between three and five new referrals each week.


“Something quite magical happens in this home, the transformation of this baby and her mother in such a short space of time is incredible. A connection has definitely been cemented between mum and baby and the latter is now content and only has eyes for mum while mum is very engaged with baby. This experience for mum and baby has absolutely changed the trajectory of their lives….’    Clinical Leader

Young Mothers Hui

“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed”

Last month, on 28 April, at Whakatū Marae in Nelson there was a collaboration between Whakatū Marae, Māori Women’s Welfare League and Whakatū Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust to promote Whānau Ora and healthier lifestyles.   From all accounts it was an awesome hui – with support for healthy kai, drivers licenses, auahi kore, budget saving, breastfeeding, immunization, and just the chance to kōrero together.   It is so exciting to see groups working together, driven by the united force of whānau transformation at the heart.


Festival for the Future

The African American poet and philosopher, Maya Angelou, once said “try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”.  It’s a great concept which reminds us of setting our minds on our future – being guided by aspiration and inspiration.


Such was the quality of conversation I had this week with two fabulous visitors to Te Pūtahitanga, Eva Riddell, the champion of Live the Dream and Guy Ryan from Inspiring Stories.  Guy talked about the new Future Leaders programme supporting young people in rural and provincial areas to make a difference in their own backyards – including Buller, Opotiki, Kawerau, Whakatane, Manawatu and Rotorua this year as part of the pilot.   We are looking to get involved in Kawatiri, bringing together our Whānau Ora contract advisor (Gina-Lee Duncan) and one of our commissioning initiatives, Tuia Te Taipoutini led by Tihou Messenger-Weepu.   You can watch participants in Tuia Te Taipoutini talking about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXVcm6ibaeA


Eva Riddell and Guy Ryan at Te Pūtahitanga hub in Christchurch

Guy also raised with us the opportunity for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to support rangatahi throughout Te Waipounamu to attend Festival for the Future – Sept 23–25, Auckland.  Sounds like an idea worth investing in!.


“It’s in our history to be risk-takers and to go into unchartered waters”

Last week a new report was released entitled Māui Rau: adapting in a changing world.  Over 130 Māori leaders were involved in a report which Te Minita Whānau Ora describes as representing “a new way of thinking about and defining our futures”.   Living the Dream features as a case-study, including a profile of Eva Riddell and Keefe Robinson-Gore (pp 64-64) and Kaikōura’s own Whalewatch.  

Great to see reference to Whānau Ora in the report, “Whānau Ora is such catalytic innovation: whānau being empowered to develop a plan for their future and to trust in their own solutions”.


Brothers on Quests

Talking about inspiration and eyes on the future, we want to finish this week sharing the love with our brothers in Māui Studios who have recently unrolled their new website.  Have a look at their blog – here’s a sampler …

"Bro have you ever wondered what would happen if an inter-dimensional Ātua attacked our whenua with an anti-matter nebula blast, causing a rift in space-time opening a portal for Erohix to face Tanemāhuta in a duel that could potentially reshape Aotearoa?"

Patrick, Vinnie, Madison and Luke are the guys behind Māui Studios who are responsible for the digital stories that we are developing in a co-design with our commissioning initiatives.   They add a jump to our step, a chur to our hi, and a sense of sparkle to our stories which expresses the art of whānau transformation in every image.    Have a look at their stories: http://www.mauistudios.co.nz/perspective/2016/4/13/brothers-on-the-quests



Patrick in a reflective moment

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