Turning The Tide

It was a long and winding road to Otakou Marae that we travelled this Tuesday, to pay our respects at the passing of ‘A Team’ stalwart, Kuao Langsbury, ONZM.  Once we got there, the gloomy clouds burst, showering us with sleeting rainfall, as we tried to run, with heavy heart and pondering steps, up hill, breathless and dripping wet.   It was a fitting metaphor for the final journey of this kaumātua we had come to honour.

Kuao served seventeen years on the Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board; he chaired finance, property, fishing and holding companies, he was also a founding member of Dunedin’s Arai te Uru Kokiri Training Centre.   He was heavily involved in the Ngai Tahu Claim most noticeably during the Waitangi Tribunal hearings and the establishment period of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.

His whakapapa to Otakou is through his mother Roimata Josephine Whatu (nee Karetai) and the tipuna Karetai and Te Hu.   We mourn with all the whānau at Otakou at the loss of this precious champion of the people, Upoko of Te Runanga o Otakou, father, grandfather, mentor, scholar.  Moe mai ra e te rangatira.

Te Kaika


Earlier this week I attended the dawn opening of the GP practice associated with Te Kaika.

Te Kaika is the village of care which incorporates a low cost GP clinic and integrated service provider hub, providing access to health and wellbeing for some 20,000 whānau in the Dunedin area.  The focus of the integrated health and wellbeing services within the Very Low Cost Access GP clinic is to respond to the needs of community members that are currently underserved and in the high deprivation categories.  Currently, 20,000 whānau in Dunedin are estimated to access primary health care 33% less than wider society.  The cost of access primary health care has been established as a key barrier for these whānau accessing support.  

Te Kaika is also committed to the aim to embed in this clinic a whānau-centred approach to treatment that moves beyond the medical model to focus on the socio-economic and cultural needs of whānau.  Over the emerging developments of the Whānau Ora approach we have been excited to observe the commitments undertaken by Te Kaika to ensure all their whānau are flourishing, living well and free from harm.   The establishment team for Te Kaika is innovative, enterprising and driven by a measure of pragmatism combined with an entrepreneurial vision which enables them to look beyond  our current circumstances.  

And it was a pretty good breakfast too!


William enjoyed his breakfast almost as much as me!

William enjoyed his breakfast almost as much as me!


Turning The Tide

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust is launching a new service Iwi Community Panels in collaboration with the New Zealand Police and local iwi, as an alternative resolution process for low-level offenders.  Nga Kete Chief Executive Officer Tracey Wright-Tawha says the agency is aiming to steer whānau away from entering a criminal conviction pathway with the establishment of Iwi Community Panels.

“We are aiming to provide an alternative resolution platform where offenders need to face their community to make things right, and agree to a level of reparation.”


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Photograph: (from left) Invercargill Police Kaitakawaenga Iwi Liaison Officer Simon Kairau, Nga Kete’s Specialist Facilitation Services Manager Natasha Barrett and Iwi Community Panels Coordinator Mana Wright, and Southland Area Commander Inspector Joel Lamb.


AIM – Accounting Income Method

This week I went to a workshop on a new accounting system – AIM. Entities with a turnover under $5m can use AIM – that’s probably 95% of our Whānau Ora entities!

The system enables entities to pay provisional tax as you go, meaning payments are made more often, payments are only made when the business makes profit leading to less uncertainty, more convenience and peace of mind.

AIM is delivered through approved accounting software which calculates provisional tax based on accounting information in software.   Entities can opt in at the beginning of every tax year, new entities can opt in when they start trading.

The system will have many benefits for many types of small businesses  - for example it keeps you safe from seasonal fluctuations or a big shock tax bill at the end of the year.   Provisional tax payments are based on actual results; a statement of activity will be sent to IR with each payment and refunds will be available during the year.

A list of accredited software providers will be provided in due course.   In the meantime, email your questions to IRTransformation@ird.govt.nz : or go online : www.ird.govt.nz / transformation.


Te Korari

“We are hoping that being based at home we will be able to learn in a practical way and integrate this learning into our everyday lives”

This weekend, on Labour Day Monday, Te Korari will be launched in Motueka at Aniwaniwa at Parklands School.

Te Kōrari was announced in Nga Muka’s regular e-newsletter, Te Mātuhi, in August and expressions of interest were called for.   Once whānau had responded kaiako started making direct contact and registration process began.   They now have 19 whanau registered comprising 37 pakeke and 51 tamariki.


Te Ataarangi ki Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Maui – Te Kōrari initiative is about the development of a customised home delivery Te Reo Maori development programme to whānau.   Each whānau who engages in the programme will receive a unique Reo development plan, and be mentored to build their own language skills and become role models in the community.

The kaiako have worked with each whānau to create plans to suit their individual needs and have begun delivery. The plans include karakia, waiata , games and new

words/ sentence structures. Kaiako are beginning to build relationships with these whānau. Kaiako have shared resources (games and pānui) for whānau to use between visits to support their learning. Often there is one lead learner in a whanau. This initiative provides support for them to encourage whole whānau learning.



Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has been really proud to support the Limitless Conference, held in Christchurch.  Limitless Programme is about building confidence and awareness that can be translated into a purposeful career.   Limitless has a mission to equip young New Zealanders with the awareness, confidence and opportunities to pursue and excel in work they are passionate about.   Each of us works about 80,000 hours throughout our lives. What if we could empower every young New Zealander to spend that time doing work they are passionate about?

Have a look at the Limitless Facebook page and be inspired!

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Wave Seven Panel meets

This week, the Independent Assessment Panel met to consider all 91 applications that came in to explore and advance whānau expressions of Whānau Ora.  We are so lucky to have the experience and expertise of Hon Dame Tariana Turia, Dr Lorraine Eade and Malcolm Morrison to review all our applications and provide us with feedback and recommendations as to what applications will best represent value for our commissioning approach.

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Telford on top

This week it was a pleasure to be in Telford to recognise the Memorandum of Understanding being signed between TaratahiAgriculture Training Centre and Whenua Kura for Maori training on the farms.  


Whenua Kura invited us to their Rā Whakanui to celebrate their new intake of 30 tauira in to land based-primary career pathways in dairy farming, sheep and beef farming, and bee keeping.  Based at the Telford Campus in Balclutha, Whenua Kura, alongside Hokonui Rūnanga, formally welcomed Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in to Te Waipounamu.

Their vision for Whenua Kura is focused on getting the people back on the land, and for all our whānau to be economically secure, culturally engaged, socially connected, and environmentally sustainable. Whatungarongaro Te Whenua, toitū te tangata - as man disappears from sight, the land remains.

Please take the time to visit their website http://www.whenuakura.co.nz.


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