Love is our answer


As you wake this morning, to the aftermath of this heinous experience, you will be stunned, disbelieving, sad, devastated.


Love is our answer.

Darkness is broken by the light.

Please hold strong to hope; to wrap loving arms around us all; to cuddle, to connect, to korero.


From the outset, please look after yourself, so that you can help others:

• Take time to talk - spend time with family and friends

• Eat well

• Make time to exercise and to rest

• Get sufficient sleep

• Plan for some fun and laughter


There are resources that can help to start us create a new framework for moving forward:


Whakatipu / refuel – looking after wellbeing and cultivating energy to refuel.


Whakatika / resolve – identifying stressors and finding solutions that help resolve the causes of stress.


Whakatā / relax – switching on the relaxation response to restore and rest.


Please keep in contact …..the way to navigate our way through this is to let love flow to the surface.  


Our karakia; our compassion; our courage are required more than ever. Our urupā are wonderful places to ponder life’s mysteries, to cry, to reflect, to restore.   This week I sat a while to clear my head and unpack some of the issues that needed a fresh perspective.   And what better place to do that than in the awesome tranquillity of Koukourārata.

We had come to Koukourārata for The Barber Hui 2019:  The hui involved some great ideas:

Anton Matthews from FUSH incorporating Te Ao Māori worldview into the workspace

Richie Hardcore : challenging societal drivers of violence and toxic masculinity

Peleti Oli : how barbering has changed my life, and changing the community in Flaxmere

Soul Tour; Active listening, building relationships and trust

Nasir: How barbering changed my life and changing the community in Melbourne


There were some wonderful pearls of wisdom shared amongst the session.  I particularly loved the statement:

Silent and Listen are the same word : the letters are just in a different order.

We talked about how you can only feel loved and appreciated to the extent that you are known.  Strategies were shared for calling on when a new client was in the barber’s chair and started abusing women, or talking in a derogatory way.   The barbers discussed how they could lead a new conversation, making it clear that they don’t agree with what was said, but they honour the fact that a truth was shared.

The genesis for the Barber Hui came from Matt Brown of My Father’s Barber.    His heart and his desire is to impact on Pasifika and Māori brothers who are trapped in the horrific cycle of abuse.

WOW : Whānau Ora Works.   That was our message to Waka Toa Ora : Healthy Greater Christchurch when Dr Cath Savage and I spoke to them earlier this week.    The forum was to “stimulate deep, critical thinking about ‘wellbeing’. As part of this aim, Cath and I spoke about whānau wellbeing through self-determination.   We were followed by a wellbeing ‘mini-conference” including Professor Paul Dalziel, who focused on an overview of wellbeing economics: The capabilities approach to prosperity.   It was humbling to hear him describe the transformational potential of the Whānau Ora entities that have been at the focus of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu investment. Watch this space!


Strategy and Influence: It was a real honour this week, to also have the opportunity to speak to the ‘Strategy and Influence’ unit in Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.   One of the aspects of our growth and development as a commissioning agency that I am most proud of is the way in which each of our nine iwi have truly embraced the Whānau Ora approach as a means of making change happen at a whānau level.   It is so important to acknowledge each of our iwi as having paved the way to enabling whānau to be self-determining, through setting up the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency as a means of providing direct resourcing at the whānau level to realise aspirations.

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Weaving Magic in Wakefield

This week, the Whānau Ora Navigator in Wakefield, accompanied the Tzu Chi Foundation to visit the Civil Defence welfare team to show resource need for whanau effected by fire.

The Tzu Chi group met Whitney and Kahutaane, who drove them up the valley, explaining what it was like in the evacuation, reviewing the damage from the fire containment work (Fire breaks, fences etc). They went to the farm and told the story leading up to and following the start of the fire as well as the mahi completed by Te Putahitanga of Te Waipounamu.

The mere in the photo was gifted to Whitney and Kahutaane by Timoti Moran, Taonga by Tamati.  It is a weapon of love and compassion, shaped like a paddle, representing and supporting this couple on their journey.


Bros for Change meets Waikato Tainui

This week Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was honoured to participate in hosting the Waikato-Tainui Haerenga ki te Waipounamu.   The delegation consisted of Marae Tukere (General Manager, Te Oranga); Heremai Samson (Manager, Hapori); Te Hau White (Policy Advisor, Whanake) and Johnine Davis (Project Advisor, Hapori).   They spent a couple of hours with us traversing the current landscape of Whānau Ora; how we interact with Crown agencies from a leadership level to influence systems, and how to support the empowerment of whānau to achieve their own aspirations.

As part of their haerenga we joined them on a visit to Bros for Change where we saw our young men in action, with their taiaha, and in waiata practice.  Not perhaps Matatini standard yet…definitely a work in progress!


Te Pāpori o Whakatere

This week was the first wānanga for 2019 of our unique accelerator initiative, designed with, by and for whānau.

This round we have a range of existing entities, kaupapa on the horizon and enterprises rebooting.  We have whānau from the deep south and the top of the motu.  We have people advocating Whānau Ora through business, hauora, the whenua, better wai and stronger whānau.  Everyone is keen to learn, grow and extend the reach and impact of their kaupapa.

Te Pāpori o Whakatere is a structured capability development wānanga that aims to enable entities to be change agents.   Tū Māia run the wānanga for us – bringing together inspiration, aspiration and skill developments, with a wānanga feel. Featured in the photo are staunch Māori Women’s Welfare League members, Ruth Chisholm, Donna Thoms and Anne Bergman, from Manakahu


Farewell to Dolly Ngapo-Hill

This week we say a fond farewell and much appreciation to Dolly.   Our Navigator Manukura, Serena Lyders made the trip to the Milton Country Club to express our gratitude and our love for the work Dolly had done in her capacity as Manager/Whanau Ora Kaimahi for Tokomairiro Waiora Incorporated.


Pōwhiri to new Kaihautu / CEO

Please join Awarua Whānau Services at Te Rau Aroha Marae (cnr Henderson and Elizabeth Street; Bluff) on 25 March 2019 at 9:30am to powhiri their new Kaihautu/CEO, Mata Cherrington. 

For catering purposes, please RSVP with numbers to by 21 March 2019.

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