Ngā Whāriki Manaaki


Every town has its distinctive markers.   Ohakune has the super-carrot; Paeroa the giant L & P drink bottle; Waioura the gumboot; Carterton a bunch of daffodils.   

For Ōtautahi, the beauty of mana whenua manaaki is demonstrated through Ngā Whāriki Manaaki, a series of thirteen weaving patterns that adorn Te Papa Otaākaro / Avon River Precinct.  Each whāriki is an arrangement of natural stone pavers of varying shades and colour. The artists, Morehu Flutey-Henare and Reihana Parata, wanted to create the essence of whakamanuhiri – welcoming visitors in Ōtautahi under the principle of kia atawhai ki te iwi: care for your people.

This weekend, take the whānau out for a walk about Christchurch, getting to know the lay of land by following the thirteen whāriki.


Keeping with the theme of mana whenua, how wonderful was it recently to have to over seventy kaumātua attend a special day funded under our health  literacy funding, at Tuahiwi marae. Singing and kanikani is a form of rongoa and Tuahiwi kaumatua are requesting more such occasions to brighten their day with lots of aroha and smiles


Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou successful Nga Kanohi Kitea Development

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is delighted to congratulate Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou in its success with a full Health Research Council Grant to conduct an 18 month project.

The name of the project is Taurite Tū- Development of Falls Prevention exercise programme for Māori .

Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou has identified there is a gap in fall prevention services for Māori living in Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou takiwa. Evidence demonstrates that Māori do not recover as well from fall related injuries and have higher mortality rates following serious falls compared to non-Māori. Taurite Tū research is in response to this health issue.

Members of Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou (including Edward Ellison (Upoko), Katrina Pōtiki Bryant (physiotherapist), Moana Wesley) are working alongside expert Falls Risk  and Hauora Maori Researchers from the University of Otago.

The research objectives include:

a) creating a relevant and engaging balance and strengthening exercise programme responsive to needs of Māori

b) identifying and reducing falls risks for Māori, and

c) increasing hauora research capacity within Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou.

Potential health outcomes for Māori living in Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou takiwa include increased participation of in balance and strengthening exercise programmes, and decreased falls risk and related costs. An associated outcome is increased hauora research capacity within Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou.

The research team is holding a Whakatau at Ōtākou to launch the project on February 28th 2019. Anyone interested in this kaupapa is invited!

Learning Circles and Laughter


This photo depicts  the navigators of Te Tau Ihu. This week all the navigators across Te Waipounamu came together to celebrate their contribution to Whānau Ora, their communities and their organisations.

Our fabulous Nav Nation talked about their dreams and aspirations for navigation, the introduction of learning circles and what they would like them to be, reporting and just being able to sit and talk with each other about how things are, things they are facing and reconnecting. In the photo above, the team were hosted with beautiful manaaki by Te Awhina Marae, Motueka.


While in the top of the South, what a pleasure it was to sit with Waihaere Mason and David Johnston on Monday in the office of Ngāti Kuia in Nelson.   We talked about their work with kanuka honey; their work reconnecting with one another and progress with all of their Whānau Ora initiatives.

Kaikaiawaro Charitable Trust,  the charitable arm of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia Trust, receives support from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to implement He Maunga Pakohe Rautaki Hauora in Nelson and Marlborough.

A key objective of He Maunga Pakohe Rautaki Hauora is the development of a rongoā strategy that provides a connection back to their whenua. Ngāti Kuia is keen to build mātauranga about the rongoā capability of their lands and where there are any plantings to understand their rongoā bank. They will capture the mātauranga of their kaumātua about both the whenua and rongoā to establish a land and rongoā information library for Ngāti Kuia.

Maranga Mai Southland

Te Whare Tu, Te Whare Ora has been an annual Murihiku event since 2012 that focused on Māori communities and strongly encouraged whānau to become active in health and social issues expressed through the medium of kapa haka.

 Maranga Mai Te Wai Pounamu hails the dawning of a new era with a focus on raising awareness of key protective factors in the prevention of suicide for whānau and communities across Te Wai Pounamu. It is a powerful message that asks us to stand stronger together, united in hope and aspiration for whānau, iwi and communities.

 Community kapa haka continues to be the foundation of the event, showcasing performances that celebrate whānau, marae and iwi.   

 Key Protective Factors that underpin Maranga Mai -

  • Positive cultural identity

  • Strong sense of place and belonging

  • Meaningful social interaction and support

  • Community connectedness

  • Supportive relationships                                          

 Maranga Mai Te Wai Pounamu provides opportunities to explore diverse solutions, new partnerships and an extended geographical reach. Maranga Mai Te Wai Pounamu will engage whānau and communities in Motueka, Kawatiri, Ōtautahi, Ōtepoti and Murihiku, a working partnership alongside Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

 A further exciting addition to Maranga Mai Te Wai Pounamu is the role of Rangatahi Connector:  Hurihia ki te Awatea Tawaroa.


One of many happy photos taken out of Invercargill last Sunday when the community came together for Maranga Mai!

Tū Pono role in the Ministry of Justice?

The Ministry of Justice is seeking a Principal Advisor to co-lead the development and implementation of a national strategy to eliminate violence within whānau, family violence and sexual violence.

This Advisor will co-lead nation-wide engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and manage a design process that is successful in engaging people from diverse communities, particularly Māori communities, in the development of government policy to end violence within whānau, family violence and sexual violence.

This role will provide intellectual leadership and specialist mātauranga Māori advice across the business unit’s work programme, to ensure that the needs and aspirations of: tamariki, rangatahi, wāhine, and tane Māori, whanau, hapū, iwi, and other Māori collectives are fully reflected and incorporated.

Skills and experience required will include: leadership experience – of people and processes; a good foundation in te reo Māori and tikanga Māori for engaging with a range of Māori stakeholders; mātauranga Māori, and the te Tiriti O Waitangi (and how they apply to addressing violence within whānau);demonstrated knowledge and experience of working with Māori in the family violence and mahi tūkino sector (outside government); and experience in working with kaupapa Māori whānau-centred policy and practice models in addressing sexual violence, family violence and violence within whānau.   The closing date for applications will be 6 January 2019. see link.

Rangatahi Pride at Corstorphine

Corstorphine Community Hub in Dunedin wanted to focus on the mauri of whānau at Christmas time and leading up and how this is affecting the wellbeing of whānau.  They are also looking to provide some simple solutions to offset potential conflict for whānau at this time. Last Saturday they held an event which had a number of functions  to enable whānau to feel more able to cope and have resilience over the Xmas and New Year period and to be better informed about their medicines and understanding of their health needs for the future.


Every Day a new skill to be explored

This week we had a quasi Christmas party / stakeholder function at which our own Te Whenua Taurikura super band performed – including Henare Te Aika (Mātauraka Mahaanui) and Hikairo Te Hae (our kaiarahi).   As the night went on how wonderful it was to have various staff and supporters take the mike – including in this photo the crowd pleaser Pari Hunt accompanied by Kylie-Jane Phillips on lead guitar.

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