Prepping for tomorrows Artisan Wine

On the shores of Whakaraupō

Seven years ago, on 5 August 2011, the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO; Governor General of New Zealand addressed the marae at Te Rapaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa with the following words:

Kaua e rangi-rua-tia, Te he o te hoe
E kore to ta-tou , Waka e u ki uta

A literal translation of the words is that in a waka, we must lift the paddles in unison or we will not reach the shore. But the message behind it is about working together as a community to make things happen.

This year on Waitangi Day, that spirit of kotahitanga was demonstrated in abundance as the crowds gathered under the long shadow of Te Poho o Tamatea to open the wharekai.

Ko Te Poho o Tamatea Pokai Whenua te mauka, ko Whakaraupō te moana, ko Takitimu, ko Uruao, ko Makawhiu kā waka, ko Te Raki Whakaputa te takata, ko Kāi Tahu te iwi, ko Kāti Wheke te hapū, ko Wheke te whare tipuna, ko Rāpaki te marae.


The architectural brilliance of Pere Royal is evident in the framing of the wharekai, looking out on one side to Whakaraupo Harbour and on the other to their majestic mountain,

Congratulations to Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke for a fabulous day.


Treaty Trail

A couple of days earlier, I had the privilege of attending the Treaty of Waitangi Celebration Whānau Fun Day.

The Cheviot Community Culture Club with the support of our Whānau Ora Navigator, Eileen Wolland; and Hayley Tirikatene-Nash; created the Treaty Trail as a community event to celebrate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Treaty Trail was an Amazing Race style event that consists of nine Checkpoints, where a challenge and question will be completed by teams to receive clues to race to the next challenge

Gore Bay fits within the area of authority from Te Parinui o Whiti - just south of Blenheim -  to the Hurunui River, inland to the Main Divide and seaward.  As such we acknowledge the manawhenua /  manamoana status of Ngati Kuri which comes from continuous land use and occupation of the Kaikoura area.  

It was a wonderful way to share insights and quiz each other on the history, the whakapapa, the significance of the Treaty.


As an example, who knew that on 30 May 1840, two Ngāi Tahu chiefs, Iwikau and  Hone Tikao), signed the Treaty of Waitangi at Ōnuku on Akaroa Harbour.


Following the Akaroa signing, Bunbury and Williams continued south to collect more signatures. On 10 June, the leading chief Tuhawaiki and two other chiefs Kaikoura and Taiaroa, signed the Treaty at Ruapuke Island, near Stewart Island.


Bunbury and Williams then sailed north with further signings on 13 June at the entrance to Otago Harbour and on 17 June at Cloudy Bay. In a separate voyage, Henry Williams had negotiated signings in Queen Charlotte Sound on 4 May and Rangitoto Island (off the Marlborough Sounds) on 11 May.


Prior knowledge of the Treaty was not required as answers to all the questions were learnt along our Treaty Trail.   I was so thrilled to be part of such a great day.


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Enjoy the Fruits of Manaaki

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Today, the Artisan Wine and Food Fest Market in Blenheim featured the magic of Manaaki: Maori inspired preserves and condiments.  What a sensational way to kick off the wine and food festival weekend.

The Wild West Coast

Rehia McDonald from Poutini Waiora Westport flanked either side by Gina-Lee Duncan and Richelle Schaper

Rehia McDonald from Poutini Waiora Westport flanked either side by Gina-Lee Duncan and Richelle Schaper

Our Whānau Ora Navigators have been humbled to be supporting whanau at grass roots following the impact of the Cyclone that spun into town last week.   Here are some of the reflections:

“Many are known to us personally, so the importance of trusting relationships within our community is the essence of creating solutions.   We observe the " doing to " from authorities and then we do the " doing with ", and this is creating the ripple effect of support lead by whanau.  It has been a privilege to be able to work in this manner”.



The Navigators have been part of the crew at the Drop in centre at Westport NBS theatre, for community services to work together to gently identify whanau and their needs in support after the effects of last week’s storm.


The forum was supported with a range of agencies:- Buller District Council - EQC Christchurch; Home builders - civil defence – Victim Support, Poutini Waiora -  and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.


Today (Friday) the forum moved to Hokitika – the Westland District Council Chambers; and tomorrow it will be at the Franz Josef Medical Centre from 10am-12.


The goal for these sessions is to be gently available to anyone who finds the process of talking to EQC, the environmental officers, Insurance etc distressing ; reminding them that feelings are normal at this time, and encouraging them to take and use the resources.  They may also benefit from being linked into community agencies, and so navigating/sign posting to these in the usual ways is best.

Our Navigator Team Leader, Maire Kipa, will be joining the team in Franz Josef tomorrow.


Hei Whakapiki Mauri

It was great to catch up with the Hei Whakapiki Mauri team at Rapaki this week.

When Gary Williams and Ruth Jones of Kanohi ki te Kanohi Consultancy set up Hei Whakapiki Mauri, they saw it as a way for Māori with disabilities to connect with whānau and to explore and grow their aspirations and knowledge.

Hei Whakapiki Mauri is a series of hui designed to empower disabled Māori and their whānau through knowledge and networks. For Gary and Ruth, both Ngāti Porou and both disabled, it is first and foremost about celebrating being Māori and exploring what that means for each individual.



What’s coming up next week?

  • Kaikoura Networkers / Children’s Team Update: Tuesday 13th Feburary, 12pm at Kaikoura Memorial Hall Supper Room, 34 Esplanade, Kaikoura


  • State of the Nation report launch event: Dunedin – 5.30pm Wednesday 14 February, Richardson Building, University of Otago (NZ Council of Christian Social Services)


  • State of the Nation report launch event: Christchurch – 12pm Thursday 15 February, 853 Colombo Street (NZ Council of Christian Social Services); RSVP to


  • Healthy Greater Christchurch 2018 hui; Friday 16 February 9am-2.30pm; Lincoln Event Centre, 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln.

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