‘What is social wellbeing?’, this indigenous, homegrown model for holistic wellbeing is as relevant as ever


Ki uta ki tai: from its ridge lines to its shores, Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa, the Manukau Harbour is on a journey of restoring its life force.

This week I was speaking at an event at Manurewa Marae, which sits on the shores of Te Manukanuka o Hotoroa.   Scientists, seacleaners, Council workers, mana whenua, have been on a mission to clean up the harbour, one boatload at a time.   There has been a concerted approach at protecting the abundance of the harbour fisheries; responding to environment impacts, engaging young people in harbour health; exploring the potential of hydrodynamics, addressing water quality, monitoring shorebirds and managing the mangrove resources.

But the beauty of Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa is not the only site to benefit from restoration. Manurewa Marae itself was originally initiated by the vision and passion of a handful of whanau living in Manurewa, who wanted a marae to support tangihanga and ensure that tikanga, kawa and heritage were maintained.

This is about restoring the mauri in all its dimensions : a rich source of marine resource; the restoration of the people.   And what better tohu to graduate with then the Certificate of Whānau Ora!


Te Whare Tapa Wha

It was wonderful to cast our eyes this week on the magnificent artworks of Robyn Kahukiwa, in her series of art treasures, te Whare Tapa Wha.

The concepts of health and well-being go beyond physical well-being. Good health is recognised as being dependent on a balance of factors that affect well-being.

  • TE TAHA WAIRUA spiritual health, including the practice of tikanga in general

  • TE TAHA HINENGARO the emotional and psychological well-being of the whānau and of each individual within it

  • TE TAHA TINANA the physical aspects of health

  • TE TAHA WHANAU the social environment in which individuals live – the whānau, the communities in which whānau live and act.

In the whare tapa wha model of health described above, the four components represent the four walls of a house. If one of those walls fails, the house will fall

Te Taha hinengaro


Te Taha whānau

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Te Taha wairua

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Te Taha Tinana

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These stunning works of art were a vivid backdrop to a remarkable presentation given by Colleen McGuire (chief executive) and Garry Welch PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, for Silver Fern Healthcare.  The presentation focused on an innovative, Navigator-delivered telehealth approach to support whānau in managing Type 2 diabetes.

The collaboration to create an innovative and impactful diabetes care solution to meet the challenge of the diabetes epidemic that is particularly affecting Māori and Pasifika families and communities. The team includes Angus MacFarlane, Professor of Māori Research, Māori Research Laboratory, University of Canterbury and Dr Te Maire Tau, Director, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre | Kā Waimaero, University of Canterbury.

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho – Māori Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights” Conference

The Conference will be held in Nelson from 16-18 September 2018. The purpose of the Conference is to look at the wider context of Māori cultural and intellectual and property rights as it applies to Māori, so that we can ensure that this generation has done all it should have to protect our collective legacy for future generations. It is timely to meet, discuss, debate and develop our own responses, protocols and key messages for legal reform in Aotearoa.   Further details can be found at https://www.taongatukuiho.com/. The Conference will fill fast (only 250 spaces available) and it is important that you register asap if this kaupapa is important to you.

It was very timely to see the works of art from Te Whare Tapa Wha, as we also met with the Social Investment Unit this week, talking about investing in social wellbeing and data management and infromation sharing.   Pictured below our team with Oranga Tangata / Social Investment Unit : Director Neil Annenberg, Thomas Haapu, who is working with Chief Māori Adviser Atawhai Tibble; and Katherine Gordon.

The SIA is talking with people and organisations around New Zealand to find out what they think about:

  1. The Government's proposed approach to investing for social wellbeing

  2. The protection and use of personal information in the social sector


1. The Government’s investing for social wellbeing approach.

The Government wants to help improve people’s wellbeing so that New Zealanders can live the lives they aspire to. The Government has developed a new approach to investing in New Zealanders’ wellbeing that takes into account that people lead diverse lives with different needs, and enables choices that build individual, family and community wellbeing.

2. A policy to guide the protection and use of personal information in the social sector.

Information collection, sharing and use play an important role in helping provide the most effective services to the people who need them. New Zealanders need confidence that those using and sharing their information are doing so safely and everyone understands what’s appropriate, what’s not and whether their personal information needs to be collected at all.

The SIA wants to hear about concerns in relation to the collection and use of personal information, and ideas as to what could be done to improve what currently happens.

The SIA will be seeking input and feedback through hui and online surveys from 31 May until the end of August 2018.  Please check out the SIA’s website to find out more about the work they are doing, and provide your input through the surveys.

This input will inform the Government’s investing for social wellbeing approach and the development of a Data Protection and Use Policy.

MWDI – Hine Boss : for wahine Māori and their families

If you are interested or know of anyone in your community who would be interested in a MWDI HineBoss programme please complete the form below.(Expression of Interest Form) . We will contact you on completion.

The three day business programme is designed to support you to set up your own business with purpose and drive, or re-ignite lost passions and boost your business back to where you want it to be.   During this workshop you will learn how to write a business plan, manage your business budget and gain tips and tricks on how to love and market your business.

Centre for Social Impact - centreforsocialimpact.org.nz

Kate Cherrington (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Kapotai, Ngā Puhi,) has a passion for nurturing emerging community leaders and values-based leadership practice.   Kate came visiting us this week with Kat Dawnier – who has a focus on ‘design for impact’ - supporting philanthropic partners with the development and implementation of new impact-focused models of grant-making.  Together we had a very stimulating discussion about how to turn investment into inspiring and sustainable social change


Te Mahi Rakatahi


On  Friday 13 July He Waka Kotuia is hosting an album pre-release party at the Glenroy Auditorium to celebrate Matariki and the achievements of our rakatahi in compiling "Te Mahi Tamariki" an album of waiata composed by rakatahi alongside Troy Kingi and Mara TK.  

Enabling Good Lives

We had a great hui this week at Nga Hau e Whā regarding the disability sector transformation associated with Enabling Good Lives – an initiative which is essentially Whānau Ora for whānau living with disabilities.  

Whānau Ora and the Enabling Good Lives approach both emphasise building whānau capacity, collective leadership, whānau planning and tūhono.

The purpose of the hui was for mana whenua and Māori to have the opportunity to hear about the transformation of the disability support system, and to feel comfortable with the process.



Check out the website for more on past Conferences - reaching Year 10s from throughout Christchurch and Canterbury. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is delighted to be a sponsor of Limitless.  The location is the La Vida Centre in Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. www.limitless.org.nz; www.facebook.com/limitlessnz.

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And isn’t that all about Whānau Ora – limitless possibilities; open-ended opportunities – to truly make the difference we want to see in our world.

Nau mai, Haere mai

Rautaki Kaumātua Ora Hou

Kia timata te kōrerorero

Office for Seniors - Te Tari Kaumatua is developing a new strategy to prepare for an ageing population. We would like to talk with kaumātua, whānau and community

about how Aotearoa can best prepare for this. Please join us to share your whakaaro on any or all aspects of ageing that are important to you and your whānau.

This hui will record and capture the insights, key points ideas and different points of view that you feel strongly about.


Āhea: Tuesday 24th of July, 10.30am - 2.00pm

Kei Whea: Rehua Marae, 79 Springfield Road, Christchurch

For further information or to rsvp please contact

Lee Luke 027 6641878 or lee@mokowhiti.co.nz

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