He waka tāngata e ū mai ana kia tūtakitaki ngā waka, kia tūtakitaki ngā tāngata ki Wairau, tihei mauri ora!

 
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He waka tāngata e ū mai ana kia tūtakitaki ngā waka, kia tūtakitaki ngā tāngata ki Wairau, tihei mauri ora!

We have had the most wonderful celebration of Whānau Ora; three days of laughter, tears, inspiration, innovation, and a high energy environment where dreams become possibilities.

Ngati Rarua - - your tono to us at Nga Hau e Whā in 2017 to come North to the iwi of Te Tauihu – has resulted in the most amazing explosion of love, of talent, of whanaungatanga, of manaakitanga.

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Board Chair Trevor Taylor started the conference with two key announcements:

  1. Wave Eight will open on 1 May 2018, with contracts signed by 1 October 2018;

  2. The Board has authorised the inclusion of a CPI adjustment for all contracts and asked for a minimum wage expectation to be included in all schedules.   

The Dame inspired us all with her wisdom; her humility and her reference to the founding document for Whānau Ora.  You can read her speech here.

 Our keynote speakers came from each of the nine iwi who form the basis of Te Taumata; they also represented each of the seven pou that give definition to Whānau Ora.

Our keynote speakers came from each of the nine iwi who form the basis of Te Taumata; they also represented each of the seven pou that give definition to Whānau Ora.

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  1. Whānau will be Self-determining : Dr Lana Leslie;

  2. Whanau leading healthy lifestyles : The Downes family

  3. Whanau participating in society : Dr Peter Meihana;

  4. Whānau confidently participating in Te Ao Maori : Kylie Nepia

  5. Whānau who are wealth-creating and economically strong : Fonteyn Moses - Te Kani, and Dr Lorraine Eade

  6. Whānau who are cohesive, resilient and nurturing : Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti, Mana Williams-Eade and Hinepounamu Barr – this generation’s leaders – how does Whānau Ora reflect their lives?

  7. Whānau who are guardians of the living environment : Kaapua Smith

 

Inbetween the keynote speakers, we had a stunning selection of brilliance as demonstrated by those whānau entities who are exemplifying the whānau-centred approach across Te Waipounamu:

  • Tiramarama Mai: Tevita Vaka and Emma-Jaye King

  • Tu Toka Tu Ariki: Te Mairiki Williams, Kris Jones

  • Angels Trio and LoveChi: Chanel Faapue, Lovey Paul, Vera Manaiti

  • Matariki Services : Richard Tankersley

  • He Waka Kōtuia, He Waka Hauora:   Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, Cherie Ford

  • Koha Kai – employment with a purpose: Janice Lee

  • Te Hā o Ngā Rangatahi: Stephen Trent, Melissa Cragg

  • Ariki Creative : Iwi Net: ` Hori Mataki

  • Bros for Change: Jaye Pukepuke, Ben Murray, Tyrone Smith

  • Crisis Management: Linda Ngata, Celeste Tairakena

  • Tu Pono Navigators: Whānau Ora Navigators

  • Te Tapuae o Rehua: Porsha London, Rawiri Manawatu

 

We had the most wonderful MCs: the dazzling talents of Janis De Thierry and the irrepressible Raniera Dallas.   Mokowhiti surpassed all expectations through the abundance of manaakitanga, Ariki Creative and Maui Studios stayed up all night to produce top quality videos to play back the day’s proceedings; and our Taumata and GPL members were glorious ambassadors to the capacity crowd that attended our forum.  

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Finally, I am overwhelmed by love for everyone who did so much to make our symposium sensational.   We are so blessed in Te Waipounamu to have this opportunity to let our aspirations fly.

The Nav Nation is such a wonderful source of inspiration to me; they are the bravest champions of hope; soul-warriors who would do anything for whānau. Our whānau entities encourage us to know that we can chart a new future if we work together on the plan for change.   Our Board members and our assessment panel attended the symposium in full – 100 percent support which was in itself humbling.

 

And then there’s my team who are so motivated by whānau that they go well beyond the call of duty to give their all for the cause.

 

I am so grateful to you all.   Transformation is a collective project – we can achieve anything if we work together.   Thank you for all that you do; thank you for your belief; your dedication; your sacrifice.  This week has injected fresh energy into my soul; it has revitalised me beyond belief. This is me.   This is us. This is Whānau Ora.

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Luke EganComment