Inspiring a new generation


100 years ago this week, two monumental events occurred.

The first was the visitation by the Holy Spirit to the Māngai, Tahu pōtiki Wiremu Rātana on 8 November 1918 as he stood on his own veranda.

"I have been all around the world and the world had forgotten me. I have come back to you, the Maori people, to establish a tūrangawaewae for me on this earth," TW Rātana was told.

As a result of that calling, Tahu pōtiki Wiremu became a leader and a legend; a mentor, a healer, a person of influence.   He was faith based, politically driven, and whānau centred; indeed a leader for the people.

The second was the cessation of the so-called Great War.   Armistice Day on 11 November marks that memory – 40 million people killed; 18,000 of them New Zealanders.   All up, 100,000 New Zealanders served the war effort.

E kore rātou e kaumātuatia; pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei

E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore

Ahakoa pehea i  ngā āhuatanga o te wā i te hekenga atu o te rā

Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou

The commemoration of Te Waru o Noema, 100 years of the Ratana movement, was captivated by reference to our rangatahi.  Inspired by the message Mō Reanga Hou e hiko ai, te whakakotahi nei; Coming together to inspire a new generation; the pa hosted thousands of morehu from across the nation and indeed the globe.

We all shared, vicariously, through representation at the centenary by our Commissioning Manager, Maania Farrar, pictured here with members of the band.


There are seven Rātana bands across the country; called Nga Reo, they each have uniforms in their own colour.   They clear the way for important occasions. At the pa, Te Reo o Te Arepa wears blue and always goes first.


I love the richness of the imagery; the meaning behind the symbols.   The Whetu marama – the symbol of the crescent, the sun, the moon, the stars, is central to the Ratana faith.  It represents enlightenment – the maramatanga.

The colours are also instrumental to the meaning in the movement.  These colours are used to signify the Holy Trinity (Toko Toru Tapu).  The Father (Matua) is blue, the Son (Tama) is white, the Holy Spirit (Wairua Tapu) is red, the faithful or holy angels (Anahera Pono) are purple and the Māngai (the Mouthpiece) is yellow.

This week, whether at the pa or online through the live feed, we wear our colours, we march along to the band, and we reflect on the contribution made by TW Rātana.   His pilgrimage to London in 1924-25 to petition King George V to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi; his subsequent submissions to parliament in 1932 asking for the Treaty of Waitangi to be entrenched in statutes; his healing powers; his ministry – all of it adds to a powerful legacy.

Tuahiwi at the Pa

Tuahiwi at the Pa


Tamariki Tū, Tamariki Ora - New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy – Engagement

Tamariki Tū, Tamariki Ora - the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, is a long-term project to meet the changing needs of New Zealand’s children and young people.

The development of the Strategy is being led by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, with direction and input from other key agencies and people and groups from all across New Zealand.    Everyone can have a say as the Strategy is developed. The government particularly wants to hear from children and young people themselves.

  • Dunedin: Arai te Uru Marae, 24 Shetland Street, Dunedin.   20 November 10am-1pm

  • Christchurch : Rehua Marae, 79 Springfield Road, 22 November, 1.30pm-3.30pm

  • Nelson: Te Puni Kokiri, Level 1; 30 November 10am-12pm

If you would like to attend the above hui, please contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office.

Pharmac and Health Literacy

This week we hosted PHARMAC to talk about our recent health literacy hui.  We also spent time talking about Te Whaioranga 2013-2023: Māori Responsiveness Strategy which sets out PHARMACs approach for improving Māori health and successfully partnering with Māori.  The strategy also articulates the strategic direction for PHARMAC to ensure that Māori have access to subsidised medicines and use these appropriately and safely

Our staff (Trish Harrison-Hunt, Maire Kipa, Helen Leahy and Ivy Harper) with Dr Sarah Appleton-Dyer, Darna Appleyard and Dave Kaire from Pharmac

Our staff (Trish Harrison-Hunt, Maire Kipa, Helen Leahy and Ivy Harper) with Dr Sarah Appleton-Dyer, Darna Appleyard and Dave Kaire from Pharmac


Demystifying Chemotherapy

The Demystifying Chemotherapy Clip has recently been filmed as an outcome of the He Huarahi Mate Pukupuku project with Te Waka Hauora.  The intent of this resource is to use when engaging with whanau around making decisions on treatment.  Please disseminate to relevant networks and use with whanau who are on the Cancer Pathway.    (Password: health)


Kahukura Pounamu takes on a new step

This week, Wave Six entity Kahukura Pounamu, took on a new step forward by becoming a Registered Charitable Trust.

Kahukura Pounamu is an initiative based on the inspirations of takatāpui whānau.  Its intention is to bring together takatāpui together to identify issues specific to them. The entity will work on a strategy moving forward that supports leadership and networks to develop stronger whānau ties within their community.

Wharekauri meets Otautahi

This week we had the pleasure of meeting with Trescia Lawson; General Manager of Māori Community Services in the Chathams, Ha o te Ora o Wharekauri.  It’s always wonderful to meet up with our Whārekauri friends; to consider ways we can work together and what we might do better to support whānau on and off the island.

Two Wharekauri whānau: Trescia and Pari Hunt

Two Wharekauri whānau: Trescia and Pari Hunt

With Gill Coe and Maria Pasene

With Gill Coe and Maria Pasene


Primary and Community Health Workshop – Health Precinct Advisory Council

I ended the week at Manawa  - a state of the art hub for health research and education.  Manawa is a collaboration between Christchurch’s health and tertiary education sectors, bringing together the Canterbury District Health Board; Ara Institute of Canterbury and University of Canterbury (UC).

The Health Research and Education partnership group worked with Te Pākura Ltd and mana whenua, from which emerged the name ‘Manawa’ which means heart, patience or breath on its own. It is, however, taken from the proverb ‘Manawa whenua; Manawa tangata’ which reminds us of the intimate link between the health of our fresh water (manawa whenua) and the health of people (manawa tangata).

I was asked to host the workshop on ‘equity’.  It is an impressive facility with a simulation floor which will enable large-scale simulations in real world healthcare environments like for example a hospital ward, a mock operating theatre, and a home environment.

Coming up

Methamphetamine Session in Kaikoura

Russ Smith (Blenheim Police) – Methamphetamine session

When?  Tuesday 13 November 1.30pm (after Networkers)

Where? Te Hā o Mātauranga (14 Ludstone Road, Kaikoura

What?  Information session on P and its effects

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Regionally focused business hui are being held around the country including Nelson!    Please register for this unique opportunity to learn more about available information and support in the Maori Economic Development space.

Saxton Oval Pavilion, 142 Saxton Road East, Stoke on Saturday, 17 Nov from 9am - 3pm

The programme for the day will focus on helping you to figure out your own economic and business development pathway.     The hui includes an insight in to small business challenges and opportunities and we want to hear from you about your experiences as well.  What can we do to help you to achieve your dream, and to make a difference in the lives of your whānau? 

Neighbours Road Trip

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These interactive workshops are for anyone who is thinking of running a Neighbours Day Aotearoa event in 2019.

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Maranga Mai Murihiku - an empowering message that asks us all to stand strong together in the prevention of whakamomori (suicide).

Maranga Mai Murihiku is a family-focussed event that celebrates whānau and iwi connections, culture, and community relationships expressed through the medium of kapa haka.  Maranga Mai Murihiku is being held on Sunday, 02nd December 2018, from 1pm to 4.30pm, followed by a dinner evening to acknowledge our performing groups and the overall people’s choice awards for 2018.  All events to be held at the Invercargill Working Men’s Club.

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