Flowers always make people better


‘Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul’  (Luther Burbank)


There is an interesting phenomenon that occurs in the office whenever a courier walks in the door carrying a luxurious bouquet of flowers.   We all sit up and sneak a subtle glance at the vibrant colours; the flame of beauty that ignites our imagination. And secretly we carry the faint hope that those flowers may just make their way to us.


Kakano Cafe

Foraging for wild flowers and native fern-roots is one of the special factors that Jade Temepara brings to Kakano Café and Cookery School.   Kakano Café is well recognised as promoting and upholding an indigenous contemporary Maori food menu based on local organic ingredients.

Picked before the leaves unfold, edible fern fronds, known as bush asparagus the fronds add a unique 'forest' flavour to dishes.  Pikopiko can be used as a signature garnish or as a vegetable. Manuka flowers are renowned for their medicinal benefits.

Kakano Cafe considers sustainability at every stage, from seed to plate. Not only are they growing, foraging and serving local organic food, they’re aiming to become a zero waste hospitality site and passing on their knowledge to others.

All of these factors came to the attention of Māori Television and gave them an idea.   Why not share the inspiration and experience of Jade and Kakano on the big screen. This Wednesday, at 7.30pm, the premiere of He Kakano was shown on Māori Television.  In Christchurch we came together for a wonderful celebration event. How proud can we all be of our Whānau Ora initiatives and enterprises being promoted nationwide!

Helen Leahy, Maania Farrar and Jade Temepara on opening night of He Kakano

Helen Leahy, Maania Farrar and Jade Temepara on opening night of He Kakano


Jade and the Kakano story were one of the entities that appeared before the Whānau Ora Review Panel that was based at Te Pa o Rakaihautu.   Others that appeared were

  • Letesha Hallett (Yoga Warrior);

  • Nga Hau e Wha marae (the resilient doughnut)

  • Whānau Ora Navigators from Noku Te Ao; Haeata Community College and Te Runanga o Nga Maata Waka, Hurunui and He Waka Tapu

  • Carl Waretini (Whānau Enterprise Coach)

  • Te Pa o Rakaihautu



Panel members, Tania Hodges and Te Rau Kupenga talking with Jade Temepara and Letesha Hallett

Kaumatua Health Day

While the panel was at Te Pa o Rakaihautu at Murihiku marae it was all happening.   A wonderful day was held with speakers, health groups, awesome kapa haka groups from James Hargest High – and all in honour of the kaumātua.

A range of agencies came : Gala Street Medical Centre, Age Concern, local pharmacist, Kirsty Curtis.   There was sit and fit exercise to Elvis, Patea Haka Group, Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones. Work and Income was there to talk about their support for senor clients.  Triton was there to talk about the importance of getting hearing checked. And there were giveaways galore.


Congratulations to Jess and Vania for a fabulous day.   

While Wellington is out to define ‘wellbeing’, Murihiku just does it.

Civil Defence Emergency Management

Marlborough is hosting the South Island CDEM Conference for the very first time from 30 to 31 August 2018.

The two day ‘On Track to Recovery’ conference brings together expertise and knowledge, as well as great networking opportunities across the emergency management sector.


Next week, Rangitane o Wairau invites you to three special events as part of Te Wiki o te reo Māori 2018:

Sunday 9 September 2018, 11am-2pm (Lunch included)

At Ūkaipō, Rangitāne Cultural Centre, Grovetown with special guests Stacey and Scotty Morrison

Monday 10 September we have Anton Matthews from “Fush” in Ōtautahi presenting a Te Reo/Fish and Chip Night at Ūkaipō.   Anton has had a fantastic response to his free te reo classes, so him, his crew and The Little Fush Waka are coming to Blenheim. The focus of the evening will be on the pronunciation of local Māori place names.

Friday 14 September – Te Pātaka o Wairau, Māori Night Market. The second market to be held under the korowai of Rangitāne, Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Rārua.



It is with some sadness that we advise that in September 2018, Lisa Tumahai will be standing down from her role on the GPL Board to fully concentrate all her energies on the hefty work programme associated with her responsibilities as Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.   We thank her for her significant role in shaping our journey, and wish her and her whānau some opportunity to reflect on the brilliance of the pounamu she has invested so much time and commitment to over the last four years.


Lisa started her journey with us as the inaugural Chair of Te Taumata; the iwi shareholder partner of Te Pūtahitanga.  Lisa brought the strength of over 18 years governance experience with not-for-profit organisations and ten years’ experience as a company director to the role.

Lisa has made a substantial contribution to our growth and impact amongst whānau across Te Waipounamu.   She has been a diligent, dedicated and disciplined Chair and Director of both Te Taumata and GPL; demanding we set ourselves the highest standards of excellence because our whānau deserve nothing less.

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