When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.

This week, in the tranquillity of the twilight zone, it was hard to recall the chaos of 14 November 2016, when Ru Whenua struck, ripping asunder the streets of Lambton Quay, the valleys of Hurunui, the coastline and state highway one of Kaikoura.

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We travelled to join with others and reflect on all that has happened over the last 365 days, as communities, whānau, businesses struggle to put their lives together.  

This week we want to particularly  acknowledge the achievement of He Toki Step Up supported through Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu.   The metrics were impressive:

  • Since April 10th 28 trainees, (14 from Kaikōura and 12 Christchurch) have completed He Toki Civil training.

  • ten trainees have sat and passed their restricted license and 2 their full license 4 Learners

  • 31 have sat and passed their Traffic Control license

  • 14 Construct Safe 100% pass; 12 Site Safe 100% pass

  • 28 Comprehensive First Aid L5 100% pass

  • 2 trainees (from Kaikoura) returned to school – a success!

  • 2 trainees have enrolled into Higher learning study

  • Have engaged with 20 employers and 6 have employed our trainees


Te Tai o Marokura – The Māori Health Social Service provider had been essential in providing recruitment and support advice for the programme. Te Tai o Marokura have fostered a beneficial relationship with Spraymarks to support over forty locals into work. The Whānau Ora navigators based at Takahanga Marae had also helped encourage enrolment into the training, and to maintain attendance. It is their mighty work in this area that resulted in a shift of focus back to the civil companies and jobs that have been created in Ōtautahi as a result of the quakes.

 Disconnection and Reconnection

At the one year anniversary a stunning sculpture was revealed.   The tohora ribs had emerged through the earthquake and stand to recognise those who have passed on, the destruction of the Ru Whenua, but also the strength that emerges from within. The copper binding at the top centre of the sculpture reminds us that vital connections had been disrupted – State Highway One; the main trunk line – and of course a sense of chaos as loved ones were separated from each other.


Over the last year the community has been supported and inspired by some key people, such as local hero, Brett Cowan, or Miss Lilly (seen pictured with our Navigator Coordinator, Pari Hunt).

Miss Lilly has produced a beautiful book called ‘Come Together’ which features stories of courage and resilience from the days following the earthquake.   Have a look on her website: www.misslillysangels.org.  


More than 2000 came together over a period of five days to pay it forward to neighbouring communities immediately after the Kaikoura Earthquake. #ComeTogether is a movement that lights up strength, healing and connectedness in ordinary kiwis and their communities.


The Healthier Lives ‒ He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge


The Healthier Lives ‒ He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge is undertaking research on four of New Zealand’s main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) : cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.  NCDs account for the vast majority of health loss in New Zealand and we have been tasked with undertaking research that can help to reduce this burden and the health inequities associated with it.   Research funded directly by Healthier Lives has been underway since January 2016.  Research funded under the Long-Term Conditions Partnership by the Ministry of Health, the Health Research Council of NZ and Healthier Lives has been underway since March 2017 (with some projects starting as recently as September this year). 

While it is still too early to have results from most of our research projects, we hope to build on any promising findings from that work in our second five-year funding period.  We also need to consider any major gaps in the research landscape where more work is needed.   Our consultation document (available at the survey link below) briefly outlines our work to date and our initial ideas about future priorities.  We will be talking to our key stakeholders over the next six weeks to find out what research they think will make the greatest impact to improve the health of New Zealanders and reduce the health inequities between difference groups in our population. 

A brief survey (5 questions) is now open at: https://healthierlives.co.nz/consult/

The deadline for submissions is: 15 December 2017.


Kaikoura Warrior


Coming up this Sunday November 19th : an annual fun run / obstacle course / community event with options including a 1.5km mini warrior; 3km apprentice warrior or 6km ultimate warrior.

Contact Kim Boyce-Campbell  029-773-1524; kim.b@sporttasman.org.nz


Farewell to Haydon

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Haydon has been with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu since December 2014.  He is distinguished by the strength of institutional memory, the experience of a multitude of quarterly reports, and the unique understanding of participating in the evolving shape of Whānau Ora commissioning over our first three years.


In November 2015 he was appointed Innovation Director, which has provided him with more opportunity to shape the research, monitoring and evaluation framework, and to explore in more depth our capability development model.


Haydon has always been keen to return to his doctorate studies and pursue its completion.   It has been an intense and action-packed three years, and as the academic clock ticks by Haydon is keen to dedicate himself to the PhD project – to make his study a priority.   This week we bid him farewell and wished him good luck!

Welcome to Aranui!


Next Thursday 23 November, 10am-12pm, you are invited to Hampshire Community Venture, : a community hui to parents who were nominated as whānau champions after 200 written surveys were carried out in the eastern suburbs, with a focus on Maori, whānau, and parents of 0-5 year olds.


RSVP : information@tepunaoranga.co.nz for catering purposes


Welcome to Whakatu!


It was great to catch up with the team at Whakatu Marae this week and hear about their brilliant hauora challenge.   They had planned a Tari vs Tari event with weekly prizes such as a thirty minute massage.   The overall winner with the highest tally at day 60 gets a prize at the end.   

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Have a look at the challenge!

We are interested in knowing if there are any Whānau Ora entities out there that want to join us in Te Wero in 2018!!   What do you think?

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The results I am sure you will agree speak for themselves!


While we were at Whakatu we caught up with the Angels Trio and their latest development : Text a lunch.

Whanau can text or send a message via facebook, from contributing schools: Nelson Central, Hampden Street, Stoke, Birchwood, Tahunanui, Auckland Point and Enner Glen.    As well as text-a-lunch, there is a community dinner every Sunday at the Whakatu Dance Theatre.

And all those who want to pay it forward – think about putting Friday 22 December in your diary, and join them to have dancing karaoke, pony rides, secret Santa and lunch!

Hui-a-Iwi 2017


Next Friday 24 November through to Sunday 26 November, head out to Tuahiwi Marae in the home of Te Runanga o Ngai Tūāhuriri.   


The theme for the Hui-a-Iwi is ‘Paiheretia te ture tangata me te ture wairua: to unite the physical movement with the spiritual movement.

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Yoga Warriors

Have a look at this video,  teaching Yoga Warriors to Young Mothers at Kimihia College.   Te Putahitanga is mentioned!


Tu Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau returns……


After our launch in June of our strategy, Tu Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau – we were invited to take the strategy back out to the people, marae by marae, home by home – to continue the korero to be violence free.


We are starting in Te Tai Ihu, 11-15 December…..send me a line if you want us to visit your marae!


Finally, a big welcome to our new Minister for Whānau Ora –


Peeni Henare (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) is the MP for Tāmaki Makaurau – and the Minister for Whānau Ora.

He is a son of the late Erima Henare who was head of the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.   Henare’s grandfather was Sir James Henare and his great-grandfather Taurekareka (Tau) Henare was MP for Northern Māori from 1914 to 1938.

Before entering politics, Henare was a policy advisor for the Ministry of Social Development in Auckland.   Peeni has five children with wife Maia, a teacher.  Henare and brother Tatai Henare are twins.

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Luke EganComment