Tools of the revolution


Sticky notes and felt tip pens were being used as tools of the revolution in Wellington and Christchurch this week.

Two of our team from Tu Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau – Marg Henry and Beatrice Brown attended a workshop on using the Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau: Workforce Capability Framework.   You can find out more about the Workforce Capability Framework from .  


Meanwhile in Aranui, Te Runanga o Nga Maata Waka, He Waka Tapu, Te Whare Hauora, Te Puna Oranga and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu came together with Te Puni Kokiri and our evaluation team to start putting together the framework for Whānau Violence Facilitators.

Part of the initial phase is to focus on three central questions that we want to explore in the context of family violence:

  • What works for you?

  • What doesn’t work?

  • What can be improved?


Please send us your ideas and responses.   The 10th response in will be sent a Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu tshirt and a beautiful blue drink bottle/flask!   Now that’s worth hitting reply……

Send your responses to

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Save the date:  19th April

The Cancer Pathway Project and Te Waka Hauora are bringing Dr Jason Gurney from the Department of Public Health, University of Otago to Nelson Marlborough DHB.   Jason is a senior research fellow and deputy director of the cancer and chronic conditions research group.

3.30pm: Seminar room, Braemar Campus: community presented for district health nurses, Māori hauora providers, PHOs, cancer society, whānau entities.

Our own Yoga Warrior

How proud are we all to see Letesha Hallett featured on the front cover of Avenues.

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Letesha Hallet is the owner/operator of Yoga in Schools - Yoga Warriors. Letesha has studied yoga for four years and has trained in Thailand. Letesha has a vision to provide opportunities for wahine Māori and whānau to participate, engage and learn yoga from a te ao Māori perspective. Yoga Warriors is a kaupapa Māori approach to enhancing physical activity for whānau through yoga involving balance, strength exercises, flexibility, co-ordination. The use of Yoga sessions are run in te reo Māori and will emphasise relaxation, with a holistic approach using Te Whare Tapa Whā model.  

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Yoga Warriors philosophically promotes  a number of key principles:

Rangatiratanga: to provide focussed support for Māori led initiatives and activity that recognises the mana and rangatiratanga of whānau, hapū and iwi.  

Mātauranga Māori: to provide support for cultural development through physical activity that may lead to a wide range of cultural, spiritual, social, educational, health and economic outcomes.  

Ngā Pepeha: to promote the use of pepeha in team mottoes, wānanga, training sessions, and in collective statements about a particular kaupapa that brings whānau together and

Whanaungatanga: to recognise that whānau participating in activities promoting whakapakari tīnana is a collective experience.

Nav Nation on a Easter Hunt

Ann Munro, Tania Riwai,  and Marge Reedy and Kahutaane Whaanga

Ann Munro, Tania Riwai,  and Marge Reedy and Kahutaane Whaanga

How fabulous was it to hear stories of our wonderful navigators up to good on their way home from the symposium last week.   The NavNation took it upon themselves to distribute Easter eggs to all the orange crew – those hard working individuals who are repairing and restoring State Highway One from Blenheim to Christchurch.

Mana off to the United Nations

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust Iwi Community Panel Co-ordinator Mana Wright represented New Zealand at the 63rd Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland from 20 March 2018 to 23 March 2018

Mana Wright, 25, was selected to attend through the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples on the basis of the work Nga Kete is doing in collaboration with the NZ Police, developing alternative resolution processes that seek to reduce Maori and community entry into the criminal justice system for low-level offending.

“It gives me an opportunity to see how our government is implementing the articles of the UN covenant on social, economic and cultural rights to see what criticisms and compliments their committee has for our Government, and to see how myself and our organization could further implement these articles in our day-to-day work” said Mana Wright.


(from left) Police Deputy Chief Executive Maori/Assistant Commissioner Wally Haumaha, Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust Chief Executive Tracey Wright-Tawha and Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust Iwi Community Panel Co-ordinator Mana Wright.

Youth Development Worker – Kaikoura

Te Ha o Matauranga have a vacancy for a Youth Development Worker to support youth empowerment in post quake Kaikoura.

Te Hā o Mātauranga - Learning in Kaikōura is committed to the creation, promotion and encouragement of learning opportunities in Kaikoura. They are seeking an experienced Youth Development Worker to be a supporter and enabler for our rangatahi and their whānau during their adjustments to post-earthquake Kaikōura.

This is a full time (40 hours per week – flexible hours) position, fixed term for one year. Some evening and weekend work will be required.    Job Descriptions and background information to the position are available – email or download from

Applications close 2nd April 2018 with interviews to be held the week of 9th April.

Free NZSL Taster Classes

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Businesses, healthcare providers, organisations, marae, whānau entities can apply throughout May 2018 for a free 45 minute New Zealand sign language class.   Spaces are limited so get in quick: register now at

Mokopuna Maori Arts and Taamoko Arts Exhibition

It is a fantastic opportunity to view/purchase some amazing Maori art works from talented and respected artists from around Aotearoa.   There will be daily live carving demonstrations by Ra Koia, so come have a look at a master carver in action.

The Arts Centre - Christchurch, Pumanawa Exhibition Space, upstairs in the Boys High building, 28 Worcester Boulevard; 2nd – 8th April 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm Daily.

Ngā mihi me te aroha nui mō te wa o te Aranga!

As we head into the Easter weekend, I thought I’d leave you with some beautiful images that represent the diversity, the enthusiasm and the over-brimming talents of the whānau who surrounded us last week.

Luke EganComment