Reflecting on the successes and challenges behind us
The glassy landscape which forms the home of Ngai Tarewa and Ngati Irakehu was this week our place to gather and reflect on the year behind us.
When Māori first came to Paka Ariki – the bay on which Akaroa was founded - some seven or eight hundred years ago, they found a world dressed in forest, abundant with bird life, rich with food sources from the sea to the land. This lavish food larder is reflected in the tribal name, Te Pātaka o Rakaihautu – the foodhouse of the great explorer. Te Pataka o Rakaihautu is expressed in its fullness through the manaaki of Onuku Runanga who hosted us on their marae. We were blessed with the generosity of spirit that welcomes us all to connect together, to experience the world of Te Ao Maori; to celebrate the strength of whakawhanaungatanga
Ōnuku Mahika Kai Program
Ōnuku Marae is also hosting a graduation / celebration of their Mahika Kai Program at Ōnuku Marae on the 15th December 2018. The night will start with a showing of the video that has been filmed by Keelan Walker. The highlight will be a presentation to funders and tamariki followed by dinner. Te Pūtahitanga celebrates with the whānau of Ōnuku vision to re-connect tamariki, rangatahi and whānau with ngā taonga o te taiao. The aim was to grow an understanding and appreciation for mahika kai, mātauranga and kaitiakiatanga using the teachings of kaitaiki and kaumātua.
As a result of Wave 8 investment, tamariki, rangataki, whānau have developed an understanding of traditional fishing practises; fishing site knowledge; the history of Te Waihora including the impact of colonisation in the degradation of the lake; the history of Akaroa including the moana, harbour issues; kaitiakitanga; and future pathways to fishing – how can the whānau utilise traditional practises in the modern world?
Carols at the Pa
It was a beautiful night at Te Whatumanawa Māoritanga o Rehua in the weekend, as whānau came together to watch kapa haka, to sing carols, to meander along the stalls, to have a kai and just to enjoy watching the mokopuna rolling on the grass, laughing all the way. We are so blessed by those kaumātua who uphold the mana and tikanga of the marae; and always turn up to provide support.
Mā Te Huruhuru Ka Rere Te Manu
The whānau of Te Ataarangi ki Te Tauihu o Te Waka-ā-Māui this week came together to express their appreciation for the support they have received from their major investors including Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Te Mātāwai. .They also initiated a fundraising initiative, the Maramataka Matariki which was hugely successful. Most of all – the support is significant in helping to promote their consistent focus on-revitalising te reo Māori.
Christmas is in the Air
Last Friday Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu came together with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and subsidiary entities such as Ngāi Tahu Seafoods; Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Ngāi Tahu property, to dance the night away. The theme was a red carpet celebrity event and it was wonderful to see all of the beautiful outfits sashaying down the catwalk.
Our own Suzi Clarke – Executive Assistant to Eru Tarena, and featured here with Te Pūtahitanga office manager, Jasmine Briggs – won the best female outfit in her impersonation of Dame Edna.
Enabling Good Lives
It was good this week to meet up with Tina Jordan, flanked in the photo by Sharon and Waikura. Tina was a young woman who Whaea Tariana met
when she was Minister of Disability Issues – Tina did the honours of cutting the ‘Enabling Good Lives’ cake.
Enabling Good Lives brings funding from the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development together in a single package that can be used flexibly, whether it is for employment, education, training, sports, recreation or connections within the community.
Long-term this approach may be used as the basis for changing the disability support system in New Zealand. Its origins began with the knowledge that people with disabilities often felt they had little control over the services they received. Funding was also found to be relatively inflexible. Enabling Good Lives introduced a fundamental shift to give disabled people greater choice and control over their supports and their lives.
Graduating in Style
This week a number of key people in the Whānau Ora community in Te Waipounamu graduated across Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti. We are so proud of you all – including Kylie Jane Phillips; Ngaire Briggs; Trish Harrison-Hunt and Pari Hunt. You are walking your talk; taking on new opportunities to advance your knowledge and sharpen your skills.
Tū Pono Wave Seven
I’d love to think that every home, every whānau had rituals and reflections which take them into a time where love and connection make the festive season a special one for families to cherish.
But Christmas can also be an experience punctuated by abuse, violence and fear.
Stress caused by financial strain; increased alcohol or substance consumption; and just the fact abusers will be at home with whānau and have more opportunities for violence can lead to an explosive atmosphere in which the risk factors escalate.
So a hui called at Rehua Marae – just eleven days out from the Hākari of all Hākari – was a triumphant moment of the transformation project that has evolved from Tū Pono.
We all know that family violence is a preventable problem. Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau about encouraging victims to have the strength to speak out, and abusers the courage to change their behaviour.
The whānau who came together through the Wave Seven project in Christchurch are creating new ways of being; new rituals of engagement; for the way in which our whānau belong, connect, live together. It was wonderful to be together with these warriors of courage who are changing the narrative; making sure all of our homes are safe; all of our whānau free to laugh, to love, to be free.
The initiative came out of the motivation of four kaupapa driven entities: Te Whare Hauora; Te Puna Oranga; He Waka Tapu and Christchurch West Refuge.
The Minister wishes us a WOW Christmas
What a thrill it was this week to have the Minister for Whānau Ora with us, to share the findings of the Whānau Ora Review and of course to wish you all a merry Christmas.
In turn, we were happy to present Hon Peeni Henare and his staff with a tshirt proclaiming the Minister’s words : Whānau Ora Works – that’s right – WOW!