Optimised and Reconnected

One of the beautiful ‘perks’ of our mahi, is the opportunity to gaze in wonder upon the landscapes our whānau call home.   Anamahanga in the depths of the Marlborough Sounds is truly one of those visions that take your breath away.   It was this space that drew the uri of Mary Walker (nee Smith) together, to hui, to dream and drive their business as a whānau into the 21st century.


Whānau and Whenua – Optimized and Reconnected is a two-tier business expansion and development project that seeks to build on an existing marine farm project, and to establish beehives for mānuka/kānuka honey products. The marine farm project includes a mussel farm extension at Anamahanga, (Port Gore). The initiative also involves the development of the beehive project as an additional self-sustaining business venture linked to tūrangawaewae enabling whānau employment and connection.

It’s all about whānau.  Whānau will complete beehive husbandry level three training through the support of Ngāti Kuia. Support has been provided by their iwi entity, Kaikaiawaro Charitable Trust, by way of training in bee husbandry at Titiraukawa.


The Tremors of the Heart


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He rū whenua, he rū whakamoti i Ōtautahi Ake i te

22 o Kahuru Kai paeka 2011.

185 ngā tāngata ka ngaro ki te pō, ā, he tokomaha

atu anō i whara.

He rū nui tēnei o ngā rū manomano i rangona

whānuitia i te takiwā, mai i te tīmatanga o ēnei koringa

katoa a Rūaumoko i te 4 o Whitu 2010.

E kore a muri e hokia.

Ka maumaharatia:

Rātou i mate atu rā,

Rātou i pāmamae, otirā

Rātou i whai wheako pōkaikaha.

Ka mihia:

Rātou i whakapiri mai ki a tātou,

Rātou i tohu mai i a tātou, ahakoa te mōrearea, otirā

Rātou i tautiaki mai i a tātou.

Tū kotahi tātou, e kore e hinga.

Ngāi Tahu has gifted a name for the memorial of the Canterbury earthquakes, Oi Manawa, which means ‘tremor or quivering of the heart’. It also refers to the shaking of earthquake tremors and is symbolic of the trauma experienced as a result of the earthquakes.

This week our hub came together at 12.51 on the 22nd February to share stories, karakia and kai.   One by one we shed tears and relived the moment.   Being part of the outpouring of love from which the Student Army stood to provide support.  Memories of terror, running down a staircase as it started to crumble.   Reflecting on the day we didn’t stand and wait for our coffee at the place where a ballast fell, crushing a loved one to their death.


Findings from the latest Canterbury Wellbeing Survey

While we reflect on our memories over our last seven years, the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey brings to bear the distinct impact that is engraved into the lives of whānau.  Those of Māori ethnicity are more likely to say the impact of the following outcomes is having a moderate or major impact on their everyday lives:

  • Renewed appreciation of life (32% cf. 25%)

  • Spending more time with their family (30% cf. 20%)

  • Increased resilience (24% cf. 14%)

  • The opportunity to experience public events and spaces (21% cf. 15%)

  • Helping family, friends and the community (13% cf. 8%)


However, those of Māori ethnicity are also more likely to:

  • Rate their health as fair or poor (25% cf. 18%)

  • Be dissatisfied that their total household income meets their needs (23% cf. 14%)

  • Say the negative impact on their everyday lives of the loss of indoor recreation facilities is moderate or major (17% cf. 10%)

  • Lack confidence in the earthquake recovery decision-making (48% cf. 38%)


Travels across Te Tau Ihu

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Our team have been spending time in Tauihu this week, preparing for the Pathways to Success funding forum that is taking place at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson.  Two of our team, Te Ra Morris and Maania Farrar caught up with our Taumata Chair, Whaea Molly, resting after catching the tail end of Cyclone Gits.


Agencies that will be represented at the funding forum include: Te Puni Kōkiri, Rātā Foundation, Te Pūtahitanga, Department of Conservation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Department of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


Of course our thoughts have been with all the whānau in Motueka and Takaka, in Riwaka and Brooklyn as the rain fell and the land became immersed in the swam of mud and forestry rubbish.  The team at Te Awhina Marae in Motueka were out with mops and shovels, but as the extent of the damage became realised, it would appear diggers and large scale renovation will actually be required.   From all the feedback we were catching, it was wonderful to see the whole community coming together to support those who have been devastated from the adverse effects of the hazardous weather.


Further South the damage done earlier by king tides caused by Cyclone Fehi continued to create destruction in Westland, and the greater Te Tai Poutini.



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As we count down the days to our Symposium, the powerful symbolism of our night market logo represents the Mana of 'Te Awa Wairau' paying respect to the connection to the local people have with the river and the important role it has played in their survival.  The colour blue is a reference to the pristine beauty of the awa with the hope it is kept in such a state.


The design is in the form of a Manaia, based on the infinity symbol,  affirming this strong connection with the river continues from generation to generation.

There are three koru incorporated in the design and each of them form a hand with three chevron-like fingers each.   The power of three represents the three iwi who are manawhenua, Ngati Rarua, Ngati  Toa Rangatira and Rangitane o Wairau.

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Taonga by Timoti


This week we are delighted to launch the new website for Taonga by Timoti.   

Pounamu Greenstone Precious Stone Carvings - Taonga by Timoti

Taonga by Timoti Limited is a whānau company. Timoti is a carver and with his whānau support is dedicated to setting up a workshop that respects his natural and rural environment.  His  workshop will  provide proper tools to be able to honour and craft the sacred taonga he collects from the awa.  

The online website will show his brand, story and carved product.  Have a look!

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Whānau Ora Navigator

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Oranga Tamariki are looking to appoint a Whānau Ora Navigator. Navigators are practitioners who work closely with whānau, to assist them in identifying their needs and aspirations, and to link and coordinate access to appropriate support.   Navigators play a pivotal role in enabling whānau to experience improved outcomes across a range of sectors and to help whānau build their capability to be self-managing.

The purpose of the role is to focus on the strengths, aspirations and needs of tamariki and whānau to identify their pathways to achieve Whānau Ora specific to the role within Ministry for Children - Oranga Tamariki Christchurch East.

See link here

Marvellous for Mawhera!

Congratulations this week to the Mawhera Incorporation Farm - a 348ha property in the Arahura Valley, north of Hokitika.


The Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation (Hokitika) were named this week as one of two finalists in the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award.

The Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation (Hokitika) were named this week as one of two finalists in the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award.

Tipu Ora; Whānau Ora

This week, despite wind, weather and storm, the first wananga for Tipu Ora kicked off at Tomairangi Marae in Invercargill.


It was a fabulous noho wānanga and by all accounts everyone thoroughly enjoyed the new knowledge, learning, whanaungatanga.  The course outline was stimulating across many levels.  Key to the learning outcomes were the following ideas:

  • Be able to understand the dynamics of whanau

  • Be better prepared to work alongside whanau to understand and work with strengths

  • Build healthy and productive relationships with whanau

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the human life cycle and apply that knowledge when working with whanau

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and its impact and relevance in current society

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