​Te Rangi Paruhi : Clear Skies Ahead

This week our entire team left the building.

Not in protest, but for a purpose.  To plan, to dream, to focus our thoughts on the year ahead.

Our Innovation Director, Haydon Richards, referred to the name, Te Rangi Paruhi. It was a name that Professor Timoti Karetu gifted to his cousin, Justin Tipa, at the conclusion of his study with the Institute of Excellence in the Maori Language (Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Maori).

Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Maori was a long held dream held by Karetu from the time he worked as the Maori Language Commissioner at the office of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori.   His passion for excellence in te reo Maori and his focus on the development of competent speakers led him to search out solutions for enabling the language to grow.


Te Rangi Paruhi – the concept of clear skies – is a great platform for looking at the range of challenges and priorities that come in, and to try to look for the path through the light. Sometimes, all that is needed is a different perspective, to find the clarity we need.


Tuia Te Tai Poutini

It was a bit like that this week, when I received a humble memory stick, upon which I was told I would find all I need to know about one of our initiatives on the West Coast.   And so it was that I opened the folder, to find multiple icons depicting photos from the initiative, Tuia Te Tai Poutini.


Tihou Messenger-Weepu; Whānau Ora Ambassador for Tuia Te Tai Poutini

Tihou Messenger-Weepu; Whānau Ora Ambassador for Tuia Te Tai Poutini

Tuia Te Tai Poutini is an initiative that enhances rangatahi Māori leadership in a creative space, through working with their whānau.   It involves mentoring, inspiration, relationships, workshops, leadership wānanga, whānau hui.


As part of the approach they hold wānanga to work with teachers in schools, to help develop their understanding of the effect of historical, generational disconnection of people.


One of the most heart-warming aspects of this initiative is to see the impact of working with whānau to upskill whānau capacity to support their own leadership and the leadership journey of their rangatahi.


“It is great what you are doing   My daughter comes back from wānanga buzzing and can’t wait until the next one.   They help her think about who she is and understand the things about herself that I can’t help her with”.

“Thank you – I felt like you were talking about me, I just want to believe.  It is time to rise – believing in my son is my purpose.”

“The kaupapa has provided my grand-daughter with a rudder.   Before she started with you, she was lost, unsure of what she wanted to do and where she wanted to be.   She now has direction and a plan”.


Part of the success of the initiative has been seen in the confidence, the capacity and the momentum experienced by the rangatahi.  The contracted target is sixty rangatahi; Tuia Te Tai Poutini has instead connected with over 113 rangatahi over the last year.


The first and last hui are held on Arahura Marae in Hokitika, to recognize the start and finish of the leadership journey for the year.   They also learn about tikanga – manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, rangatiratanga – choosing to give back to the community by a number of voluntary activities.   Acts of kindness at the supermarket; cleaning up the beaches, assisting whānau with mahi, spending time with kaumātua.


He Toki Apprenticeship Trust are looking for workers

Wahine mā, tāne mā! While both men and women are sought after for this work, we are keen to grow the number of Māori women in leadership roles in the industry!

We have work in both Christchurch and Kaikōura.

Do you have a driver’s license?  Are you drug free?

Are you keen to work hard and grow your skills and experience as part ofteam?

We will provide clothing, training and mentoring support to help your success and qualifications as a civil worker.

Please contact Mathias Pitama or Hemi Inia on 0800 HE TOKI (438-654) to register your interest. Or email your cv to Mathias.Pitama@tetapuae.co.nz.


Take the plunge!  Jump in – you never know – it might be the start of a whole new journey!


Ngāi Tahu Judge awarded for pioneering work in Ngā Kōti Rangatahi

It was great news this week to hear that Judge Heemi Taumaunu (Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Porou), has been acknowledged for his pioneering work in establishing Ngā Koti Rangatahi – Rangatahi Courts. He received the prestigious Veillard-Cybulski Award recognising work with children and families in difficulty. 

The prime focus of the Rangatahi Courts is to provide the best possible support and rehabilitation for young offenders by reconnecting them with their cultural identity.   Judges of the award commended Judge Taumaunu's leadership skills in developing a comprehensive system where Māori children learn who they are and where they have come from in order to change their behaviours and realise their potential.  lThe marae-based Youth Court involves the wider community – whanau, hapu and iwi, in an attempt to enhance the usual Youth Court process

There are eight judges running Rangatahi Courts at fourteen marae across Aotearoa, including Ngā Hau e Whā in Christchurch, which was launched on 22 March 2014.

While importantly, there has been a marked improvement in reducing reoffending, it is encouraging, also, to learn of the impact the Rangatahi Court have had for whānau.

Whanau, agencies and marae communities have experienced positive early outcomes, such as:

  • Whanau feeling respected and welcomed at Court, and understanding the Court process;

  • whanau reporting a sense of being supported in their parenting role;

  • Enhanced communication and strengthened relationships within whānau;

  • The marae venue, marae community, kaumātua, kuia, lay advocate involvement, incorporation of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori, validates the mana of the young people and their whānau, while still holding them accountable and responsible. The Rangatahi Courts are not seen as an easy option.


Finally, don’t forget that if you want to join up to the Whānau Ora Directory, send an email to info@whanauora.co.nz or have a browse at http://whanauora.co.nz/contactus.


And if you want to look at any of our digital stories about some of the amazing things that whānau are doing up and around Te Waipounamu, go to: http://www.teputahitanga.org/our-stories/.


Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei.   Kia pai rawa tou mutunga wiki!



Luke EganComment