Realisation of our dreams


One of my recent panui talked about the dazzling spectrum of colour that wrapped around Arrowtown in the warmth of an autumn sun.  

This week I was taken to task by Rick Carr in Alexandra who asked me to look all around me in the glittering gold shining through riverbank trees; the burnt orange of leaves that fall into a pool of white frosty landscapes.   In many ways he was reminding me that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – our greatest opportunity is to share what we see with others so that all of us can be uplifted by nature’s spell.

I was visiting Rick, Alva and Donna at Uruuruwhenua Health to catch up on the issues that their Navigators find from Roxburgh to Queenstown, from Ranfurly to Wanaka.   I was very sad to learn that Rick will be leaving Uruuruwhenua at the end of this month; their loss will be the gain of Te Piki Oranga in Te Tauihu, where I’m sure we will continue to keep up with your developments Rick.

Photo: Rick Carr; Helen Leahy, Alva Bennett



While in the South, I also spent time at Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora in Dunedin, and then made my way further South to Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu inc.

One of the things I have been sharing with the Navigator entities is the results of our whānau surveys which tell us so much about the ways in which Navigators support whānau.   Below are a selection of comments that whānau have shared about what they are doing with the support of a Navigator:

What did the Navigator do really well?

  • The navigator and me drew the pathway to make goals for life on the paper

  • Follow up. Awhinatia

  • Listened to me properly. Spoke to me like a real person. Set realistic goals and encouraged me really well

  • has encouraged and motivated me really well into working towards my goals.

  • Communicating well with me and my whanau... helping in any way she could like transport...

  • tautoko... and helping me find a house... giving me encouragement and positive comments to not be shy and speak out...

  • gets things sorted for me straight away

  • She kept in contact with us and was always there to help. She signed me upto the gym and in contact for mirimiri which really helped my mental wellbeing.

  • Keep in contact with me and is welcoming when I come in to do voluntary work at her office

  • You talk to me and give me the push I need

  • I have been in and out of prison all my life and with help l am through my chemo. Making better food choices Have my own place She is good to talk to and listens

  • Got me to dr,and nurse to help with blood pressure.about way to do budget,listens and gives me good hugs

  • Gives me hope. Stood beside me and guided me through justice system. Always listens. Attended my parole,and said about my goals and going forward.great

  • Brightens my day. One of my main support people I can always rely on.

  • Walked along side me with court, Helped me with my licence Helped me with food parcels Helped me with me with my family

  • Listened to my mamai and gave me hope in my bleakest times.

  • Has helped me and my family with a lot stuff and also giving us advise

  • has always maintained constant contact with me to ensure that I am still following my goals and to check my well being.

  • Really good at explaining things to me

  • Listening too myself.

  • keeps in contact and constantly looking for suitable houses. Helps me with house viewings and applications.

  • Acted quickly on the referals needed

  • she makes it easy by coming to us and providing transport to appointments that I need help with like WINZ. She keeps in contact with us and makes sure we are keeping on track.

  • Always there for us in the tough times and in courageous us to reach our potential

  • I am really lucky to have her she is very bright and bubbles and she is a great lisssener and gives gives great hugs.

  • Keeps in contact an makes sure I get my task done

  • has alway been here for me when she say she is. She has been very supportive whenever I feel down, she is very pleasant to work with and down to earth.

  • She helped me achieve my goals.

  • She constantly encouraged me to complete my goals and would check in to see how i'm doing. She also very friendly

  • If I need to ask my supporter anything I can ask her

  • Listen and doesn't seem to be judgemental

  • Given me suggestions about what I can do to so I can be a dad

  • Got me to dr. Took me to find pre school always listens

  • Made me feel as if she cared and she does I think! thank you

  • Makes sure we have food. Comes to appointment as support when dealing with wins housing nz

  • Supported us all when we need her .stood along side us when we had to work with CYPS

  • Listen,Dr voucher

  • Help me get my licence,voucher for Dr so l can get to dentist

  • Help me get my licence,and son into pre school.

  • Understands how thing are for me

  • There when I need her .help me set up home

  • Believing in me

  • Listens and helping us through justice system

  • Stood beside us when needed and listened

  • Helped me into my own flat, made sure l had food and getting furniture.

  • Spends time, listens and is interested in me. Thanks

  • Just listening and helping us to look forward

  • Treats me like I am a person not someone who has been in trouble with cops.

  • Has given me options, stood beside me and listens!

  • Is there when I have my baby and is there when I need someone to talk to

The Mighty Jack

Shona Bryant and Jack Lovett-Hurst supported Nga Kete’s Whanau Ora Navigator (disabilities) Sandra Stiles recently as she submitted to the Invercargill City Council on access issues regarding disability car parks.

Helen Leahy and Tracey Wright-Tawha at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Inc

Helen Leahy and Tracey Wright-Tawha at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Inc


Over the last two months I have visited every one of our 29 Navigator Entities to discuss what we can do to support our Whānau Ora Navigators to be the best advocates, activists, analysts, advisors, angels….that our whānau deserve.   All of these discussions now come to the crunch, as we start preparing our contracts for the allocation of fifty Whānau Ora Navigators across Te Waipounamu. Here’s Ivy Harper and Rongo Baker at the end of a long week, peer reviewing, printing and double checking the written word.


Community Law Marlborough wants to notify whānau that the last sitting of the Māori Land Court for this year is in September and the close off date for accepting any applications is 11 July. 

If you are planning on filing any applications to the Māori Land Court and need some help, Dee Turner Māori Liason / Case Worker based in Blenheim is available to review your documents at no cost.

Contact Dee on 0800 266 529 or

Maramataka Matariki:  Te Ataarangi ki Te Tauihu o Te Waka-ā-Māui

This beautiful bi-lingual calendar celebrating Te Ao Māori and our amazing region is being very well received and will provide much enjoyment for the year to come.  All proceeds go directly to support the reo revitalisation programmes which foster and promote te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori across Te Tauihu.
Maramataka Matariki can be ordered directly at
or purchased via


Meet the Inquiry Panel

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction is on the road, hearing from communities around Aotearoa New Zealand.

Meet the Inquiry Panel forums are open to anyone in the community and you are welcome to come along to share your stories and ideas with panel members. 

Tuesday 3 July, 5.00 - 6.30pm
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral, 234 Hereford St, Christchurch Central(external link)

Realisation of the Dream – Te Pa Wananga

David Johnson photo-bombing the Ngai Tahu moment – with Hana O’Regan and Darren Kerei-Keepa

David Johnson photo-bombing the Ngai Tahu moment – with Hana O’Regan and Darren Kerei-Keepa

A stunning korero from our remarkable puhi : Mareikura Nepia

A stunning korero from our remarkable puhi : Mareikura Nepia


These photos illustrate some of the magic and wonder that represented the realisation of the dream – Te Pa Wananga at Omaka Marae.

In drawing us into the ceremony to open the kura, Matua Chris Winitata told us to think about our ‘sacred intent’.   What would be our sacred intent for the mokopuna who would attend Te Pa Wananga? What were our dreams for their learning experience?   Almost certainly one of the intents would be inspired by the wisdom: ‘He tangata akona ki te marae, tū ki te ao, tau ana’. If a person is well connected to their marae they will learn all the values and principles needed to participate in the global village with confidence.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has invested in Omaka Marae across four key areas:

  • Pā Kids, a marae-based after school programme which focuses on cultural identity and te reo Māori for parents and their tamariki;

  • the investigation of the establishment of a kura Māori on the marae;

  • promoting kaupapa Māori healthy lifestyles through the establishment of a Whare Hakinakina; and

  • the development of a range of Māori-inspired condiments which aim to generate income which will be reinvested into the marae and its activities.

It was such a wonderful morning.    As the stars above twinkled with the promise of a bright future beckoning us on, we trailed past the glowing brazier which made many of us think of the power and potential of the ahi kaa – those who keep the home fires burning.   Omaka Pa has mobilised the visions and the desires of those tupuna who paved the way to the opening of the kura. We congratulate you; we honour you and we are so proud of all you have achieved.



This week (21-22 June 2018) at Te Ao Marama Building, at University of Canterbury our first wananga for Te Papori o Whakatere took place: Whakapapa, wawata, poutama.


The programme for the two days focused on some great food for the soul

  • Back to Future Thinking

  • Whakapapa - standing strong in your journey to date

  • Start with the Why

  • Wawata - long term vision setting

  • Poutama - strategic planning

  • Gap analysis

  • Snapshort and consolidation of professional supports for the next session

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