Navigating the pathways to success

Toku toa, he toa rangatira

There is a well-known thought that our bravery is inherited from those who walked before us.   Such was the context for a visit I made to Karitane this week in attending the 110th birthday of Plunket.   Our hikoi from Puketeraki Marae to the Karitane wharf, was a walk down memory lanefor their Chief Executive Amanda Malu, who is a direct descendent of one of the two midwives who shared their skills and ways of being with Plunket founder, Dr Truby King.

Along with the children of Karitane Primary School and Plunket nurses we were joined by whānaunga of the first ‘Plunket baby’ Thomas Mutu Rangiwahia Ellison, who was born at the family's homestead at nearby Puketeraki in 1906, at a time when  flu was killing many Maori babies.   Two Māori midwives, Meri Hepi (Mary Harper) and Ria Tikini (‘Mrs Chicken’) helped to deliver ‘Uncle Mutu’ at the whānau home in Puketariki.

Direct descendants of the first Māori midwives and the first Plunket baby; Wendy, Amanda, Hinerangi and Te Wera

Direct descendants of the first Māori midwives and the first Plunket baby; Wendy, Amanda, Hinerangi and Te Wera

From Plunket babies to our first Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu baby

This week we farewelled our beautiful Olga Singh, as she leaves to prepare for her first baby.   We have been so blessed to benefit from the skilful expertise and talents of this remarkable Russian legend!  Her aptitude for hard work, her application to our data, her enthusiasm for Excel and her commitment to demonstrating our story has left a mark in our memories and a place in our hearts for ever.   As we shared thoughts about her dedication to her role as a data analysis, I found a Russian proverb which seemed to represent the way in which she worked.   In other words if you want to get the treats, you have to do the mahi!

Любишь кататься – люби и саночки возить.
If you like to sled – you have to like to drag the sledge.



Night Market Magic

Some of you have been asking what type of stalls do we have at the Night Market that kicks off our Te Pūtahitanga Symposium on 21 March.  So far,  we have Rongoa Maori stalls, soap bathbombs/body scrubs, Gift Baskets, Ta Moko, taonga pounamu carving stalls, Waka Whenua, Mama whenua, Condiments, Honey, Clothing stalls, Art Canvas and Painting stalls, Vegetables/Lettuce type stalls, Furniture, the list goes on and on. As for the kai stalls, coffee carts, fried bread, kina and whitebait sandwiches, sausage sizzles (puku fillers), pizza and alike. Please remember to send a paragraph on your stall site so that we can promote this over our loud speaker during the evening. Email :

MEAN Team Reconvenes


The Māori Emergency Action Network in Wairau has recently welcomed a new member to their midst. Dexter Traill Acting Maori Responsiveness Manager NZ Police (Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane)  joined the group and will focus on the Maori Wardens development for emergency preparedness.   Pictured: Dexter, Arthur Phillips, Te Ra Morris and Shane Graham.

The art of Manaakitanga

What does it mean to live a generous life?  And how do we articulate and measure the different ways in which to be generous? Recently I came across this quick mantra from Kate Frykberg (‘serving philanthropy and community’) which caught the eye.


Corstorphine Hub Hits the Headlines

(from left to right): Secretary-Treasurer, Andrea Woodford, Garden Supervisor Moana Taana, Coordinator Mere Jouanides and regular, Cindy Spiers

(from left to right): Secretary-Treasurer, Andrea Woodford, Garden Supervisor Moana Taana, Coordinator Mere Jouanides and regular, Cindy Spiers

What a great surprise it was to see the Corstorphine Hub featured in the ‘daily encourager’ this week.   Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is really proud of the amazing efforts the team at Corstorphine have achieved: planting a new community garden, and opening up access to a huge menu of services including free social workers, podiatry, diabetes testing, annual breast screening, and seminars on topics such as suicide prevention.


Welcome Ivy!


We are delighted to announce Ivy Harper (Ngati Kahungunu and Tainui) as our Strategic Analyst.   Ivy was Tumuaki, Te Mana Akonga between the period 2012-2014; a national representative of the Maori Students Association based in Wellington.  Much of her role required working with Maori students and addressing the issues with respective agencies.   


From 2014-2016 Ivy was a Senior Ministerial Advisor for Parliamentary Service; providing advice on legislation, undertaking research and anlysis; and submitting high quality independent advice on a range of areas focusing on the priorities related to the delegations for the Minister for Whānau Ora; the Minister for Māori Development and the Associate Minister of Economic Development.   From 2017 she was employed in a role as Principal Advisor, Māori, in the Ministry of Primary Industries.


Ivy has a Masters of Environmental Policy and Planning (Distinction) from Lincoln University and has retained a role as a Board member of the Lincoln Community Committee.  She is also a Board member for the Māori caucus of Ako Aotearoa, the National organization for tertiary teaching excellence.   We are delighted to have someone of Ivy’s calibre and commitment to kaupapa Maori join our team.


Coming up Next Week


Pathways to Success Panui

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