Puaka/Matariki; the season of Hinepreneurs; TU Pono and new growth

7 stars - 7 schools - 7 concepts

On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June, the seven Eastside schools of Christchurch (St James, Aranui Primary, Avondale, Queenspark, Aranui High, Wainoni, Rawhiti) are coming together for a celebration of Matariki. Their celebration is marked with seven themes: remembrance, positivity, kai, hopes and dreams, whānau and friends, culture, and new beginnings.


Maara Oranga

Puaka/Matariki is a great time to reflect, to learn from the courage of the champions of the past and to start a new day. To enter into the spirit of the new year, ripe for new opportunities. To this end, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is proud to present Maara Oranga – our latest digital story, featuring the wonderful initiative and energy of Te Hauora o Ngāti Rarua in Blenheim.


Have a look at their story. It helps us to move towards healthier eating habits and physical activity, through a Whānau Ora approach. It’s about nurturing the seed of potential, growing whānau to take on the world.




Hinepreneur launched

On Thursday morning, an initiative which aims to further the aspirations of Māori women in business and entrepreneurship was launched in Parliament, “Hinepreneur”. General Partner Limited Board directors, Parekawhia McLean and Donovan Clarke were there to support our two graduates of the programme, Cazna Luke and Maania Farrar.


Whānau Whenua – Ngāti Kuia

It was wonderful to see Te Karere picking up this week, on the movement of Ngāti Kuia who has taken to the road to connect with iwi members throughout the country. Ngāti Kuia is presenting its new Whānau Whenua initiative after census data indicated most of their people lived outside the tribal homelands. The initiative, funded by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu aims to help whanau realise the economic, social and cultural potential in their land.


Te Karere filmed a delegation of Ngāti Kuia meeeting with whānau in Manurewa, Auckland. Te Putahitanga Board member of Te Taumata, Waihaere Mason, was interviewed saying that it is important to be out where the people live. The roadshow has been to Christchurch, Wellington, and Palmerston North.


Te Iwa o Matariki

Contrary to popular belief, there are nine stars in the constellation of Matariki, rather than seven. They are; Matariki, Pōhutukawa, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-ā- rangi, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Ururangi, and Hiwa-i- te-rangi. Traditionally, the tupuna did not just look at the constellation as a whole, but rather viewed each star individually, gaining an insight into the year ahead.


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Tū Pono Kicks off in Ōtautahi

On Thursday we held the first hui for the Tū Pono series of hui, promoting family safety and elimination of harm at Rehua Marae in Christchurch.


Tū Pono is the solemn declaration we make to our mokopuna that we will be there for them. It is the covenant of courage that tells us we will endure, no longer, that suffering that is unendurable; we will address the contaminated behaviour that has eroded the safety of our home; we will not be silent to the harm that damages and scars our families forever. Tū Pono is the statement of belief that love matters.


Tū Pono is motivated by the message “something has to change”. The purpose of the consultation hui is to seek ways to strengthen the capacity of support for whānau to prevent the impact of violence within their lives.


Some of the crowd of champions preparing strategies for change.


Symposium, 7-8 July

Te Aho Mutunga Kore : The Eternal Thread is the theme for the first symposium of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, being held on 7-8 th July at Lincoln Events Centre in Christchurch.

Te Aho Mutunga Kore : The Eternal Thread represents the everlasting and perpetual strength of whānau from the rich heritage of yesteryear through to the entrepreneurial splendor of tomorrow. It is a must-do; we can’t wait to all be together, to celebrate innovation, learn from our successes and our challenges, and plan for the year ahead.



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