Beauty in every stem

The earth laughs in flowers.  It leaps with joy in perky daffodils, haughty tulips look out over the world in splendid shades of red; exquisite orchids demonstrate perfection in every aspect of their design.   Separately they have a beauty in every stem; together they take our breath away.


And so it was this week at the Pasifika Futures conference in Wellington that we were overcome with putiputi of all description.  It is the most vibrant expression of Whānau Ora – our whānau are as distinctive in their individual forms as they are combined in collective strength.  For Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu the partnership with our Pasifika whanaunga has been an enduring representation of the shared whakapapa between the peoples of Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.

Trish Harrison-Hunt and I were privileged to attend the opening of the conference; at which Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English attended and spoke about the strength of Whānau Ora across Aotearoa.  A particular feature of his korero was to talk about how the success of Whānau Ora could be attributed to the fact that it had occurred under the radar; not directly influencing the vote appropriations of other ministries such as health, education, justice or social development.   It was an interesting comment in that of course one of the original principles of Whānau Ora was that it be funded across the full sectors of government.

From flowers to Maara Kai

Thirty people gathered in Westport this week to establish a Maara Kai in collaboration with Te Ha o Kawatiri;  Poutini Waiora and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to support the community to start their community gardens.  It was great to have Dr Richard Hunter, Whānau Ora specialist in horticulture, to talk to the whānau gathered, to inspire them and at the same time to test out soil on the land leased from Buller District Council for this initiative.  


A committee will be established and more importantly a working bee on the section in Brougham Street Domain will meet next Thursday 10 August  to mark out plots. If interested email


It’s all happening in Waiau

Whakawhānaungātanga ki Hurunui - Hereturikōkā (Aug) Sat 5th WAIAU HALL

The Whanaungatanga Hui in Waiau has now been rescheduled for this weekend , Saturday 5th. We welcome you to invite come as well as invite any whānau from Kaikōura, Hurunui or Otautahi who may be interested and keen to join in.  Any questions feel free to contact Celeste 027 4151 847

This is a humble get together to hear each other's earthquake stories and to share information and ideas. Waiata, Shared Kai, Korero, Kapahaka. Manaakitanga. All whānau welcome to come along. Shared Kai.

A reminder also that our next Kaikoura Community Networkers’ Meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th August (the 2nd Tuesday of the month) from 12 noon to approx 1.30pm at the Kaikoura Memorial Hall Supper-room.  


Te Ha o Nga Rangatahi

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, received an application from Te Hauora o Ngāti Rarua as part of Wave Four of Whānau Ora Commissioning.  Wave Four was focused on ‘Te Punanga Haumaru’ which is interpreted as “a haven to rest and restore – a place of safety, where we can be warm and secure”. Te Punanga Haumaru was established to help communities and whānau create safe and nurturing environments for children and young people.    

Te Ha O Ngā Rangatahi is a three part project and has a specific focus on rangatahi suicide prevention in Marlborough.  The project will be underpinned by a kaupapa Māori paradigm to reflect the values and principles of Whānau Ora.    Key highlights:

  •          Providing a voice for rangatahi and whānau in Wairau, to address suicide prevention / post-vention
  •          Providing information to rangatahi and whānau about the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies
  •          Rangatahi and whānau have their input heard
  •          It includes the aspirations of whānau to respond to their needs in the development of the tailored training; supporting them from start to end
  •          Building on the strengths of the Wairau community
  •          Supporting families / whānau, friends and others affected by a suicide or suicide attempt.

Matariki X

How proud were we to have our own Kakano Café and Cookery School founder, Jade Temepara, asked to be a keynote presenter at Matariki X.

Matariki XPonential 2017 features an impressive line-up of ‘Whetū’.  Keynote speakers including Mavis Mullins and Dr Lance O’Sullivan, ‘New and Emerging’ Māori innovators and entrepreneurs including Kākano Café and Agrisea NZ, who shared their key motivations for getting into business and taking those businesses to the next level.


Home is where the heart is



Finally a beautiful story from Nga Kete Matauranga in Invercargill…



Last year I was living with the love of my life, I was employed, I was happy.

Last month I was living in emergency housing after weeks of sleeping in my car with nowhere to go. I had no money, two changes of clothes and a blanket. I was homeless.

My name is Moon and recently, for the first time in my life, I had no choice but to ask for help.

I’m originally from Masterton. I grew up in a one-parent family with numerous brothers and sisters. I realized early that I could be easily led and I ended up drinking too much and getting into trouble.

I was a binge drinker. I’d drink until there was nothing left.

Eventually I realized my problem and sought help. My last drink was in 1988.

I had a wonderful life. I married my beautiful wife and gained three stepsons. I was employed in forestry and I’d been a cleaner, I’d helped to build Marae complexes, I’d studied business at Massey University and I’d taken part in voluntary work. My wife taught me my tikanga and who I was. She got me in touch with my Maori culture and I learnt things I’d never known. I am so grateful for that.

After 30 years of marriage, my beautiful wife passed away last year. I was lost. I was on my own and I didn’t know what to do with myself.

I decided to restart my life in Invercargill so I got in my car and left with a little bit of money, two changes of clothes and a blanket.

I made it to Invercargill but before long I was homeless and sleeping in my car.

I became unwell and I was admitted to hospital after not having taken my insulin for my diabetes in several weeks. I left it back in the North Island.

For the first time in my life I had to ask for help. I came to Nga Kete because I wanted a Maori agency, and somewhere I could feel safe to talk and get things out.

The Whanau Ora service assisted me to get into emergency housing and made a referral to the Salvation Army for basic household items. A Whanau Ora staff member came with me to Work and Income were I was provided with a grant to buy clothing and food.

In short, the Whanau Ora service ensured I was fed, clothed, and housed! I was also referred to He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre and enrolled with a doctor. I am no longer unwell.

I have been attending the Te Rongo Pai Support Group and I have sought help from a local Budget Advisory Service.

Whanau Ora got me back on track. The service helped me into emergency housing, and now I’m living in a unit owned by the City Council. It’s comfortable and warm. I’m also on a temporary benefit.

I came from the highest part of society to the lowest. I’ve been homeless. But I’m not too proud to say that I sought the help I needed and now I know I’m going to be OK.

Whanau Ora Intake Worker:
The next step in Moon’s journey is to provide him with contacts for socialization in the community to introduce him to new people, and for support outside of Nga Kete so he becomes fully established in the community. He will also be connected to a local Marae.

For more information about our Whanau Ora Service please contact us (03) 214 5260 or free phone 0800 925 242.

Whenua Kura Navigator

Congratulations to Serena Lyders, our Navigator Manukura, in supporting Whenua Kura and am presenting to their cohort Friday morning at Hokonui. The presentation is around Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu and focusing on navigation. The Hokonui navigators supported the presentation and Vanessa from Maata waka.

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