“At first I was afraid, I was petrified, kept thinking I could never live without you by my side.

But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong

And I grew strong, and I learned how to get along”.


As I write this, the news has come in about the death of the late Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul.   My path to womanhood was guided through the sultry tones of the diva. Hands on hips, make-do microphone clutched with fervour, there was nothing like an Aretha anthem to make us feel invincible.


Indeed to make us feel like a natural woman, to know whatever went down ‘I will survive’.    We would sing like our life depended on it, ‘so we’re comin’ out of the kitchen, ‘cause there’s somethin we forgot to say to you….sisters are doin’ it for themselves.   Standin’ on their own two feet, and ringin’ on their own bells’.


Aretha was a sensational superstar, sassy in her swagger, with powerful confidence and a voice to match.   But it was also soul with a purpose. Her anthem, Respect, came out of the summer of 1967 when race riots, Vietnam, political assassinations and civil rights took over the world stage.   Her songs asserted a fierce independence, a pride and courage to say what was right.


Fifty years later, across the world in Aotearoa, there are so many ways in which her music still speaks to us in the strategies we create to eliminate family violence, the resurgence and revival of te reo rangatira, indeed the platform for transformation we call Whānau Ora.   It’s all about R.E.S.P.E.C.T : find out what it means to me…..


From Mo-town to Corstorphine

We are delighted to learn that the Corstorphine community hub has been nominated for the Trustpower Community awards.   The awards are in partnership with the Clutha District and Dunedin City Councils, to celebrate local volunteers, and young people with community spirit.    And our Corstorphine Hub crew has plenty of that!

The sisters are using donated apples to make apple juice for the community - as in the photograph below.   The awards are being held on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin.


The Kai Shack

Jody and Hayden Edwards and their children live in Ward and their dream is to own and operate a food caravan. They saw an opportunity for their whānau in the November 2016 earthquake which threw Seddon, Ward and Kaikōura into chaos.

As part of our investment, Jody and Hayden have

  • researched and purchased a food caravan and generator

  • Attended IRD Business and Taxation workshop

  • Obtained resource consent and other permits from the Marlborough District Council

  • Confirmed food and stores suppliers

  • Developed a events calendar

  • Developed financial management systems including a break-even analysis

  • Worked along-side Business Mentor from Te Pūtahitanga O Te Waipounamu

The concept of the initiative is to have a food caravan or cart that will provide healthy, nutritious food to workers, tourists and locals. Providing healthy nutritional kai to tourists and locals alike is their biggest dream and aspiration.


Last Friday, the Kai Shack was launched outside the Ward Hall. It was a wonderful evening for the Edward whanau as it seemed the entire Ward community came to support and enjoy a great dining experience.   Jo and Hayden’s son Casey was taking orders and their younger ones, Cordin and Courtney, were there helping as well. The photographic evidence sure looks good!


Te Iti Me Te Rahi: Everyone Counts


The Te Iti Me Te Rahi: Everyone Counts survey values all Māori who work in Non-Government Organisations, District Health Boards, Kaupapa Māori and mainstream services as their contributions count towards positive Māori health outcomes.  You are pivotal to the success of Te Iti Me Te Rahi: Everyone Counts. Please share😊

What’s Happening Next Week?

Your voice, your data, your say on social wellbeing


This hui will be co-hosted by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and

the Social Investment Agency.

The hui will cover

  1. The government’s proposed approach to investing for social wellbeing; and

  2. How we can develop guidance for the protection and use of personal data
    in the social sector and Māori communities. We are calling this a guiding policy.

Your participation and your views are important to helping the government getting the approach to these two topics right.

Need more info?

If you would like to find out more about these topics we will be discussing, there is further information available on our website.

Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Strategy

Consultation is one element of the process for developing the strategy as required by section 318 of the Gambling Act 2003. From Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Wednesday 22 August 2018 the Ministry of Health plans to hold a series of public consultation meetings to discuss the Ministry’s Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Strategy (2019/20 to 2021/22) as well as to learn how to make a written submission. General consultation meetings will be held in Christchurch and Dunedin.


He Kakano Ahau

In less than two weeks time, Māori television will premiere its new show, He Kakano, featuring our own beautiful entrepreneurial mother of five, Jade Temepara.   Through the support of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Jade opened Kākano Cafe and Cookery School as a means to teach families how to grow food and cook it healthily, while also offering traditional Māori dishes.


Jade – and Kakano Café – are one of our inaugural foundation initiatives.   In their initial proposal they established three key value propositions that the initiative will aim to achieve:

1. Providing courses (education) and one-on-one guidance to support whānau to improve health and wellbeing. Offering whānau the opportunity to learn about gathering food, types of foods and preparation

2. Establishing a café that utilises healthy, locally grown and organic produce to help improve whānau health and wellbeing

3. Creating jobs for: local growers through increasing demand for products; through increasing skills in the cookery school; for rangatahi and whānau in the hospitality industry and within the café

You can see for yourselves now on Māori Television, Wednesday August 29th.

Dame of Hearts

On Tuesday I had the honour of attending the investiture of the founder of Whānau Ora, Hon Dame Tariana Turia, at her home marae, Putiki Pa, in Whanganui.   It was a wonderful day of celebration and recognition of the monumental achievements she presided over in her eighteen years as a politician and her decades as an advocate activist.   As we approach the closing date of the Whānau Ora Review submissions it is timely to read the comments of Professor Sir Mason Durie, architect of the 2009 report on Whānau-Centred Solutions.


“She recognised that focusing only on adversity and disadvantage ran the risk of creating an attitude of despair and a perception of incapacity when was needed was confidence and a determination to succeed.

Whānau Ora will remain synonymous with Minister Turia. The development, implementation, and progression of Whānau Ora would not have occurred without her advocacy, diplomacy, and determination.

She was able to persuade Parliamentary colleagues that change was needed and was able to offer a model for change that has the potential to influence the whole society.

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Family Violence Up; Prosecutions Down

While we gathered together in Christchurch for a family violence seminar, the New Zealand Police released new information about the status of family violence prosecutions and investigations.

Last year the police launched 121,739 thousand family violence investigations (333 a day); an increase of 73,280 since 2008.  Yet while those numbers rose, the number of prosecutions and apprehensions dropped, with 16,764 prosecutions made last year – down more than 2500 from 2008.

On Friday, the Ministry of Justice facilitated a conversation about family violence information sharing, hosted by Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill proposes new rules for government and community agencies sharing personal information, to provide for better and more consistent identification, prevention and responses to family violence.

The Bill identifies ‘family violence agencies and social services practitioners’ as any non-governmental organisation that is funded by government to perform functions or provide services to protect, or otherwise help, victims of family violence; or help people to stop inflicting family violence.  They also include: ACC, Corrections, Education, Health, Housing NZ, Immigration NZ, Justice, Police, Oranga Tamariki, and MSD. Also DHBs, social housing providers, ECE, schools, social workers, GPs.

It was great to have well over fifty from across Te Waipounamu gather to be updated on the impacts of the legislation.  In the photo below is our strategic analyst Ivy Harper, with Matua Pele from Whakatu Marae in Nelson and Deborah Morris-Travers, senior advisor in the Family Violence Policy Implementation Team in the Ministry of Justice (and of course former Minister of Youth Affairs).

You can email your submission to FVinformationsharing@justice.govt.nz

Whānau Ora Review : Submissions close 20th August 2018

Please  respond to the Whānau Ora review using this link


Hear directly from whānau our navigators have worked with through this link:



With only the weekend left until submissions close for the Whānau Ora Review, we thought you might want to have information available to you, to ensure you have everything at your fingertips to share your views on the value of Whānau Ora.


It is so important that those who benefit from, who shape and lead Whānau Ora are sharing their views with the Panel.   Obviously the Panel visits to some locations will be an essential part of their knowledge-gathering; but we also recommend that you provide your views – the challenges, the desires, the priorities, the aspirations – as you see it, directly through the submission process.

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