Leadership, lifetime legacies and learning


This week, we took our story to the pulsating heart of Te Arawa, ngā pūmanawa e waru o Te Arawa.   The story of hope that every child deserves the best stanrt – no matter if their parent lives on the inside or the out.   In depriving inmates of their freedom; we are also depriving thousands of children of their parents.

The kōrero at the inaugural conference of the international coalition of children of incarcerated parents was raw and somber.  Children are often ashamed and don’t know how to reconcile their love for their parents with the fact of their incarceration


Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu gave two presentations:

  • My presentation was entitled ‘Embracing the spirit of Huriawa

See powerpoint here

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  • Tracey Wright-Tawha from Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu gave a brilliant presentation:  My Dad’s not home

See powerpoint here


Mobilising the Manawa o Mataura

In 1984, the Hui Taumata (Māori Economic Summit) was held at Parliament.   The message of the first Hui Taumata was clear. Maori had to be empowered to initiate, design and deliver their own solutions.

Later that year the marae at Mataura was opened by Hon Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan, presided over by kaumātua Te Ao Peehi.   The locals remembering it raining on the day and a suggestion was made to take the opening inside.   “Kāore’ was the response from Te Ao Pehi.  “Get an umbrella or get wet”.


That’s over thirty years ago now of course.   And so it was with an air of reminiscing that we were shown around the marae this week, as we listened to the new call to ‘mobilise the manawa of Mataura’.


As we sat around the table having a kai with the marae komiti, it was energizing to hear of the grand plans of the people to revitalize their marae, to grow a maara kai, to bring the families back for weaving, for reo, for wānanga.


Earlier that day, we’d spent some time at Te Taonga Mauri, talking with Te Oti Murray and Tahu Parkinson about the ideas they are developing around whakairo, eco-tourism, rangatahi development.   They talked about erecting pou that provided a beacon of information through virtual reality.   The locals being inspired by telling their own stories, learning about their whakapapa, their waiata while also learning the art of carving.   The goals of the Hui Taumata are still being written out in reality.

Rural Canterbury PHO signs Joint Venture with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu


The Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation this week signed an agreement work with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to advance and promote a Whānau Ora approach amongst the population of rural living whānau in a constituency that covers Cheviot to Ashburton, Akaroa to Hanmer Springs. The four geographical areas are Hurunui, Waimakariri, Horomaka and Hakatere.


It is a great opportunity to see whether mainstream health delivery an take on a Whānau Ora approach, through the support of Whānau Ora Navigators.

Talking about health and wellbeing, it was fantastic to see thousands turn up for Pae Ora City 2 Surf  Whānau on the Move 2017, including two of our team in the sea of pink: Alice Matheson and Vania Pirini.


Literacy and Numeracy on the beach

Tiramarama Mai, based in Blenheim, is a shared delivery between Maataa Waka and the local colleges where the colleges deliver the literacy and numeracy component.  It was great to see these pictures come in this week demonstrating progress in NCEA level one.


Celebration of Tā Mark Solomon

On Thursday night iwi leaders, Ministers, MPs, a couple of Sir and Lady combos, Papatipu Rūnanga heads, friends, workmates, whanaunga came together to honour and pay tribute to eighteen years of leadership.   The mood was reflective as a range of iwi representatives spoke about their sadness in recognizing the huge gap left by Tā Mark no longer being at the iwi leaders’ table.


Minister Flavell spoke about the personal connection that he had to Kaikōura and the special memory he had from being at the tangi of Tā Mark’s grandmother.   Te Pao o Tahu was in fine form; Michael Skerrett serenaded us all.   A very beautiful night which paid tribute to the remarkable courage, the persistence and the champion leadership of the man we came to recognize.

Koha for Ta Mark Solomon on behalf of Ngati Rarua, represented by Chair Olivia Hall  and Whaea Molly Luke.

Koha for Ta Mark Solomon on behalf of Ngati Rarua, represented by Chair Olivia Hall  and Whaea Molly Luke.


Iwi Chairs and political representatives came from all over Aotearoa to celebrate their friend, their colleague, a respected ally, an iwi leader.




Superu invites you to a seminiar – Wellbeing, policy and social investment: what do we know about measuring human welfare and how can this be used to inform policy?

10am, Friday 31 March 2017


We are also live-streaming the seminar on Superu’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SuperuNZ/   


Manaaki From Seed to Jar

While on the wellbeing drive, we thought it would be great to finish off this week with a couple of stunning promotional shots for Manaaki products.