Measuring what counts


The value of experience is not in seeing much but in seeing wisely  - (William Osler).

We have been thinking a lot about what is valued, how is value measured, and how we can agree about what is important.

One of the initiatives we have recently been supporting is the area of literacy and numeracy.  Kāinga Ora is a pilot programme being developed and implemented at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Waitaha (Te Kura Whakapūmau) with a specific focus on Te Mātau Ahumoni, Financial Literacy. Through the engagement and use of digital technologies, tamariki and whānau will experience success and positive shifts in their learning through the contexts of sustainable health and well-being practices.

The team have taken a creative approach to developing the “Individual work plans” for their Kāinga Ora project. The team have created Whānau Work Plans where all the whānau needs, including remedial and extension needs of tamariki, are being addressed.


The Kāinga Ora Engagement Plan is made up of five face to face Wānanga, seven weekly whānau challenges (Whakapātaritari) and one home visit (Toronga Kāinga). Each whānau will have access to an Ipad, Apps and Internet access for the duration of the Kāinga Ora Project

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This week Chelsea Grootveld and Timoti Brown – evaluators of the financial literacy and numeracy initiatives – came down to Christchurch to talk with our three kura engaged in the literacy and numeracy initiative: Te Pa o Rakaihautu; Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Waitaha and Haeata Community Centre.  Pictured above is Whaea Iri from Haeata with Trish Harrison-Hunt, Chelsea and Timoti.


There’s a new trend emerging, spreading an encouraging message to our Tāne to get those checks done. Do it for your whānau!!

Nowhere is the need for preventative medicine greater than in the area of men’s health, including prostate health.   Did you know that every year around 3,000 Kiwi men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer – and about 600 will die from the disease? Prostate cancer is said to be the most common cancer in men and the third most common cause of male cancer deaths in New Zealand.

While we don’t fully understand what causes prostate cancer, we know that the chances of developing the disease increase with age, with prostate cancer most common in men over 40.

How to beat prostate cancer
Beating prostate cancer boils down to knowing the facts and taking action early. The best way to do that if you are over the age of 40 or have a family history of prostate cancer, or are exposed to any of the other possible prostate cancer-causing factors mentioned earlier, is to talk to your doctor and have regular prostate health screenings.

The Resilience Doughnut

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The Resilience Doughnut is a practical, strengths-based model for developing resilience in children, young people and adults. It identifies and combines strengths needed to thrive in a modern world.   Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has supported an approach based at Nga Hau e Whā Marae in Christchurch and with Poutini Waiora on the West Coast.

Ngā Hau e Whā believe that whānau should not be seen as ‘high risk’ but as ‘high opportunity’. This initiative is about sharing a model that builds resilience using kaupapa Māori values and tikanga. The aspiration of Ngā Hau e Whā is to support whānau to find solutions that empower them to take back control.

The Resilient Doughnut is about how to self-identify strengths that whānau have, applying understanding from their perspective, and identifying strengths they want to build so they can more readily overcome adversity. In time, whānau start depositing strengths into a wellbeing bank account and this has a positive flow-on effect to the wider whānau.

The photo was taken at the recent graduation ceremony at Nga Hau e Wha.

Whānau Ora Review Panel visits Te Tauihu


This week the Whānau Ora Review Panel were treated to a special one day mini-symposium in which key whānau, entities and navigators shared with the panel members, some of the fantastic achievements happening in the top of the South.   Attending the day at Omaka Marae on Wednesday were the following:

  • Margaret Bond, Kiley and Donna Nēpia and their tamariki

  • Simon Karipa and his communications advisor Nicola

  • David Johnston and Ngati Kuia whānau  - Raymond Smith and Vicki Thorn

  • Gail MacDonald; Vita Vaka and Emma-Jaye King (Youth Services) and Ripeka Hook – Navigator at Te Runanga o Nga Maata Waka with whānau member, Cushla and Max Armstrong

  • Johnathon Exton

  • Dr Peter Meihana and Keelan Walker

  • Boogie Norton

  • Sue Parish

  • Richard Bradley

  • Sandra Evers

  • Timoti and Morganne Moran

  • Dr Richard Hunter

  • Matua Pele with whānau – Alpin Ashby

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One of the exciting offshoots of Tu Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau has been the interest generated by core agencies for sharing the success of the campaign.   

Today I met with Ihi evaluation, who are evaluating the impact of the Integrated safety response pilot, and then later (and in the photo) Rachel Jones and Emma Boddy from the Ministry of Social Development.  Emma and Rachel are with the Family Violence | Safe Strong Families and Communities team. They are part of the part of the team working on developing MSD’s future Family Violence funding strategy. As MSD is a major funder of family violence services, they want to work towards a sustainable future for funding family violence services that is whānau-centred, outcomes focused and integrated.

A big priority for this work has been to re-engage the family violence sector and include their voices from the beginning of this work. To do this they randomly selected a group of 60 providers from across the country to meet and have a discussion with about what is and isn’t working in the current state. Another element of this work is talking with groups working in innovative ways that MSD might be able to learn from. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was invited to meet as part of this latter group.

The Courage to Care

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We meet some amazing champions of hope in Whānau Ora.  One such woman is Rei Couch who out of goodwill and aroha donated a huge selection of Baby Care packs, for young parents embracing the challenge of a new baby.   The kindness to care, the dedication to share, make for very special gifts of love for whānau.

Tini Whetu Tablets are on their way

This weekend our devoted Navigator Coordinator, Pari Hunt, is spending time getting the tablets ready to send out to our Navigators across Te Waipounamu.  It’s a massive exercise – getting the security installed, setting up the programmes, charging them up ready to roll.

Workbooks will be replaced by electronic Lenovo tablets which will be provided to Whānau Ora Navigators within the next 2-3 weeks. Training will be provided on allocation of the tablets.

The implementation of the tablets will streamline the information fed in to Te Pūtahitanga and will deliver up to the minute data that can be extracted by Te Pūtahitanga and provided to Whānau Ora Agencies, funders and whānau to gauge and highlight whānau progress.


We would like to invite you
to attend a hui in

Christchurch: Thursday, 23rd August 9am-3pm

Boardroom, Te Whenua Taurikura, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch

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.

Please RSVP by Monday 6 August.

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

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New Date: 20th August 2018 - Support Crew Registration

Haeata Community Campus, Shortland Street, Wainoni

Tēnā koe ki ngā āhuatanga o tēnei wā

On Monday 20th August 2018 Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Te Rau Matatini are sponsoring a wellbeing day for Māori secondary school students under the guiding kaupapa of “Mana-Wā Rangatahi”.  

Mana-Wā Rangatahi is about rangatahi validation of the “essence of wellbeing” being expressions of mana. Sharing in creative spaces helps build rapport and trust of one’s inner self and others. For this epic occasion we create spaces and time for self and collective expressions of mana as rangatahi Maori.  

Students arrive 9-9.15am Monday 20th August 2018 at Haeata Community Campus Shortland Street, Wainoni. Morning tea and lunch is provided.  The event closes at 2.45pm.

Workshop ideas include a mix of creative and innovative spaces for rangatahi to express mana in traditional and contemporary forms, such as:

  • Kāpā hāka, waiata-a-ringa, Mau Rākau

  • Taonga Puoro demonstrations

  • Augmented Reality Storytelling - Teaching rangatahi how to engage and create content with AR using visual aids, phones, devices and spaces.

  • Trialling new workshops that specialise in rangatahi engagement and facilitating future pathway planning for rangatahi by teaching good lifestyle habits.

  • Te Ha – meditation and mindfulness techniques, yoga warriors

  • Basketball skills and games to connect togetherness

  • Personal stylists – hair, face, hands and feet to be confirmed

  • Guest Speakers – Kenny McFadden and Vanilla Tillman – to be confirmed

Mana-Wā Rangatahi is sponsored by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Te Rau Matatini to help raise awareness of suicide prevention.  Rates of suicide are disproportionately higher for Māori than for any other ethnic group in New Zealand. Literature identifies two areas within the rangatahi population that require a particular focus, are cyber bullying and the rangatahi takatāpui (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex or LGBTQI rainbow natives).

Workshop facilitators and volunteers will be supported by kaumātua and whaea who have the appropriate clinical and cultural expertise to guide and support rangatahi through the day.  

Gambling Harm

The Ministry of Health is responsible for providing an integrated strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm. A problem gambling levy is set on the main gambling operators to recover the cost of the activities set out in the strategy; such as public health, treatment and support services.

The Ministry of Health intends to publish a consultation document with proposals to refresh the strategy and the associated problem gambling levy. You are invited to make a submission on the proposals.

∙The consultation document will be available on the afternoon of 20 August 2018.  

∙ Written submissions can be sent to

∙ The closing date for submissions is 21 September 2018.

Meetings about the consultation document

To inform you about the proposals, and to help you to make your written submission, the Ministry has confirmed meetings and times as set out below:



Please RSVP by the date indicated in the table above if you wish to attend one of these meetings – indicate the meeting you will attend and the number attending. This is important to ensure we get the right sized room, and for catering purposes.

You are welcome to circulate this email to anyone you know who is likely to have a significant interest in the proposed strategy or problem gambling levies.

Further information about gambling harm is also available on our website at

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