Our strength does not come from one alone, it is from our collective force. 

Across Aotearoa, whether by lantern festivals or star-gazing, hākari or hui, our whānau, hapū and iwi are celebrating Te Iwa o Matariki, the rising of Puanga / Puaka.

 

This is the time in days gone by, when the pātaka kai would be full, the kūmara gathered and stored in specially prepared pits.  In this time, we continue to practice the legacy, to gather together, keeping our whānau close, to reflect on those who came before us and the trail they have left for us to follow.  It is our special time of the year to plan ahead, the multiple stars of Matariki recognised widely in the Pacific as an important astronomical sign to navigate the seas ahead.

 

For many of us, the rising of Puaka/Puanga was a wonderful time at Wahia, Haea, Rotua – our second symposium – to just share time and be with one another.  Special memories, new friends, experiences that are best represented in the smiling faces we captured for ever in our phones, on our cameras, in our hearts.

 Timoti Moran, Inu Farrar, Tupua Urlich, Gina-Lee Duncan

Timoti Moran, Inu Farrar, Tupua Urlich, Gina-Lee Duncan


 Deana Wilson, Vicki Ratana, Te Puawai Wilson-Leahy, Cazna Luke

Deana Wilson, Vicki Ratana, Te Puawai Wilson-Leahy, Cazna Luke


 The Minister celebrated – and celebrating – with our beautiful Tai Poutini Taua

The Minister celebrated – and celebrating – with our beautiful Tai Poutini Taua


 
 Too cute…..

Too cute…..

 

 Timoti Moran, Jade Temepara, Marcus Akuhata-Brown, Whaea Molly Luke, Rā Dallas

Timoti Moran, Jade Temepara, Marcus Akuhata-Brown, Whaea Molly Luke, Rā Dallas


Beauty in Numbers!


 Super coach Karl Waretini with Yoga warrior princess and our HCC Superheroes

Super coach Karl Waretini with Yoga warrior princess and our HCC Superheroes


 
 Sister Commissioning Agency Pasifika Futures was in the House

Sister Commissioning Agency Pasifika Futures was in the House

 

E hara taku toa he toa takitahi, engari he toa takatini.  

Our strength does not come from one alone, it is from our collective force. 

While all of the excitement was on at Ngā Hau e Whā there had been another very important event occurring

On Thursday 22 June a special formal ceremony was held to mark the unstinting contribution of all those who served in the roles of Earthquake Support Co-ordinators and Kaitoko Ru Whenua.  Seven years on since the  2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the issues for whānau in the worst affected areas of Christchurch are not confined to any one sector, any one demographic, any one geographic locality.  The shift from trauma to transformation has been a major challenge for central and local government, for marae, for whānau, hapu and iwi, for community, for the nation as a whole. 

It was a very moving ceremony to have both the Minister for Whānau Ora (Hon Te Ururoa Flavell) and the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (Hon Nicky Wagner)  to acknowledge their appreciation to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Te Runanga o Nga Maata Waka, Positive Directions Trust, He Oranga Pounamu, He Waka Tapu, Te Ora Hou, Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi and more recently Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu who have overseen and implemented the Kaitoko Whānau workforce over this time.  

 Alison Bourn, Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi, with Minister Wagner

Alison Bourn, Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi, with Minister Wagner

 
 

Wave Six is Up and Running

At the Symposium the new entities were announced that begin operations as of today, 1 July 2017.  You can read all about them here.

With no time like the present, our contracts advisor, Te Rā Morris, was delighted to celebrate with a special hangi shared with Jody Edwards, Eileen Eriha and chief cook Ngati Rarua kaumatua Wera Stafford and Seymour Lambert.

Meanwhile in Christchurch one of our entities at a special sign-up ceremony was Early Start. 

 
 

Host Responsibility

One of the common expectations we have when we think about the concept of ‘celebrations’ is the notion of host responsibility.  This week I met with Paula Snowden the Chief Executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation and some of her team.  Part of our discussions centred around the latest ‘mystery shopper’ exercise conducted by the Department of Internal Affairs to assess host responsibility practice in pubs and clubs with pokie machines.

It is really disappointing that in the pubs and clubs sector, only 12 out of 120 non-club venues met the standard and none of the 22 clubs.

We know from our Whānau Ora Navigators, that for too many whānau members, their gambling problems have been hidden from view, often making it difficult for them to acknowledge that their gaming addiction is causing harm to the loved ones around them. In this light, just as hotel managers will refuse to serve customers who are over the limit, we expect venue owners to also understand their duty of care and support their patrons to get help.

Of the venues situated in high deprivation and high spending areas, only 59 percent met the host responsibility standards.

You can read the full report here.

 Paula Snowden, Neavin Broughton and Eru Loach from the Problem Gambling Foundation

Paula Snowden, Neavin Broughton and Eru Loach from the Problem Gambling Foundation

MWDI, Māori Entrepreneurs and Hine Boss

This week the motu was abuzz with the continuing excitement of enterprise and entrepreneurship.   The first three days of the week we saw wahine Māori from across the island at Hine Boss, and then on Thursday it was great to have another thirty participants at He Papa Pūtea Pākihi.  Speakers included ‘serial restauranteur’ Anton Matthews; Kaye-Maree Dunne (Māori Womens Development Inc) and Dr Lorraine Eade.  I opened the day – you can read my speech here.

  

Earlier this year Ariana Ngaruhe (Navigator Manukura) and Rongo Baker (Contracts Administrator) attended the international indigenous funders hui at Otaki.    Remembering Our Past, Reclaiming Our Future: IFIP Pacific Regional Hui Report is now available! The Otaki hui was a great opportunity for networking and new ideas.  Have a look at their website.

 

Finally, Manu Kōrero is in fashion all over Te Waipounamu  - indeed Aotearoa.  We had a wonderful day yesterday at Christchurch Boys High School.  Our heartiest congratulations to the winners amongst all the winners who took the stage:

  • Sir Turi Carroll Junior English:  Mei Rīwai-Couch, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi

  • Te Rawhiti Ihaka Junior Māori : Waiora Brooks, Kaiapoi High School

  • Korimako Senior English Contest ; Freya Hargreaves Brown, Cashmere High School

  • Pei Te Hurunui Jones, Senior Māori context, Rawiri Pomare, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi

 

 The buzz of Manu Kōrero – our kuia, our judges, our parents, our kaiako, our kura…..

The buzz of Manu Kōrero – our kuia, our judges, our parents, our kaiako, our kura…..

 Winner of the Korimako Award, Freya Hargreaves Brown with proudest parents and teachers

Winner of the Korimako Award, Freya Hargreaves Brown with proudest parents and teachers

 

 

 

Luke EganComment