Real work, real talk and real change

After the earthquakes Dad shifted out from Shirley and the land of the Red Zone to Kaiapoi.  In many senses it was a coming home – home to where we’d had our childhood; days spent roaming down Raven Street and on the banks of the Waimakariri.   147 Raven Street is no longer there, but the memories remain. A dog called Pongo that scared us witless. The enormous swing-bridge that stretched out between kindy and school.   The delicacy of Pigs Trotters. Flounders that fed the family and then some.

I was thinking about flounders when I read the latest report from Ōnuku Marae and their mahinga kai project.   The project is championed by the wonder of Matua Pere Tainui. I once told Matua Pere about my Dad and his love of flounder.   It wasn’t long before I got a call from Dad – full of excitement and gratitude for my ‘wonderful friend’ who had dropped off a flounder or two right to Dad’s door.   

It’s that incredible generosity and kindness in action that marks out Matua Pere and the magic we have seen unfold at Ōnuku.


I just love what they have done with their mahinga kai wānanga to encourage and teach the younger generation about the traditional practices of gathering food.   The whānau share with their tamariki the learnings that have come from the oral history passed on from the tupuna. Check out at our facebook page for the video revealing the achievements experienced at Lake Waihora (Lake Ellersmere).

Whare Awheawhe

Up in Te Tauihu, this weekend they are holding a wānanga at Wairangi Bay, Croiselles Harbour with facilitator Ray Henderson.  Ray is a retired scientist with over 35 years experience in ecological science and bait development. He will be sharing his passion and knowledge around native plant restoration and the benefits and importance of a pest control plan and how that impacts on planting.  Check out our Facebook page for more details.

Big House Infused Honey are holding a series of wananga on restoring ecosystems for bees.   Big House intend to establish a legally compliant extraction house facility, which will be used by whānau to create honey.  Whānau wananga will be held on the whenua (Whare Awheawhe) every two months. These wananga will cover a range of topics about the sustainable use of natural resources, and other topics of interest to the whānau. Business development activities will include the purchase of a building, liaising with stakeholders (the Council and MPI) to understand the legal requirements of the building, and undertaking a legally compliant building fit-out.

Over the last quarter, nine whānau (containing twenty people) have taken part in wānanga to create sustainable eco-packaging (beeswax wrappers). The establishment of the extraction facility is progressing, with the options of securing a container being explored.  Of these whānau, their results stand as the sweet nectar of success:

• 100% were satisfied with the wānanga

• 88% learnt more about how to use resources sustainably

• 88% feel more confident in their ability to use resources sustainably

• 100% will take action as a result of coming to the wānanga, including making more beeswax

wrappers, reducing their use of plastic wrap, using plastic bags less, and encouraging more

whānau to attend the wānanga

Whānau learning has included reducing the amount of rubbish into landfills, using harakeke

to create resources and using plant dye matters. Whānau say the wānanga has helped them to

reconnect with their wider community, and given their tamariki a change to experience things

from their childhood, such as sleeping in the wharenui, communal eating and preparing of food.

Whānau feel their mindset has changed, they’re trying to limit their waste and care more for the environment.

It’s all pretty exciting stuff!

Kaikōura’s Got Talent

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Thinking about exciting, it was great to meet up with the new navigator at Te Tai o Marokura in Kaikōura, Miriama Allen, and hear from her about the energy generated by the recent talent quest, Kaikōura’s got talent.   They were expecting eighty to turn up; it was more like 300!

Bros for Change opens in Kaikoura


This week Jaye Pukepuke, Ben Murray and the team launched their programme for rangatahi in Kaikōura at Takahanga Marae.   The place was absolutely pumping. It was so exciting to see the rangatahi and their whānau flock to the marae, the mood was upbeat and optimistic.

The Bros for Change concept is unique.  It is a culturally-based male mentoring approach embedded within the Tīmatanga Hou programme.  One of the most distinctive aspects of the approach is the importance of being authentic; supporting the rangatahi to make meaningful change by working to achievable goals.

Their values and beliefs are based around tikanga and they challenge the boys to think about what they are doing? What is correct? What is good? What is real? Real work, real talk and real change – that is their tagline. They share their own truths and lived experiences, they tell it how it is and has been for them.


From surviving to thriving

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A Group for Parents and Caregivers of children who have experienced sexual abuse

Where : Tuesday evenings, 28th May-2nd July; 6.30pm-8pm; Start Premises, 448 Innes Road, Mairehau, Christchurch.

Facilitated by Catherine Gallagher, Clinical Psychologist & Jo Bader, Social Worker. Please call 03 355 4414 to enrol

What Will We Cover?

The group will offer information on:

  • Trauma, abuse, and its effects

  • Parenting responses – What do I do?

  • Self-care, Family care, Supports & Strengths

  • A chance to hear from, and support one another as parents

  • Where to from here?

Launch of the Canterbury Health System Alcohol Related Harm Reduction Strategy

Where : Salvation Army, 853 Colombo Street, Christchurch City.

When: Tuesday 14 May, 11.30am-1pm (a light lunch will be provided)

Please register here.


Kōrero mai! Kōrero atu! Mauri Tū! Mauri Ora!

Speak up! Stand Together! Stop Bullying!

Friday 17th May 9, 2019

Contracts Advisor role: Applications due 16 May 2019
Contracts Advisor - Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamuūtahitanga-o-Te-Waipounamu,13902.html

Fixed Term / Full Time


Kia hiwa rā!

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced contracts advisor to support and deliver Whānau Ora initiatives throughout Te Waipounamu!

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Te Waipounamu.   Te Pūtahitanga is a Limited Liability Partnership formed by the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu. It is intended that the organisation will be a vehicle through which whānau are enabled to pursue their aspirations for health and wellbeing.

The commissioning agency model contributes to realising the power of Whānau Ora by developing strategies based on four guiding principles:

Kotahitanga - collaborative approach to integrated solutions and deliveryKāinga focus - local solutions. Whānau initiated solutions are best.Panoni hou - innovation through investing in new solutions, encouraging social innovation and entrepreneurship to incentivise new services, new approaches and integrated solutions Kōkiritanga - partnering for success

The primary focus of the Contract Advisor is building and maintaining relationships and networks with whānau. Spending around 80% of their time out in the field, this role will be the face of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to our clients. The Contract Advisor will be responsible for engaging with key stakeholders. Through a consultation process this role will support whānau to determine their local development needs and any opportunity for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to provide advice and services.

This role will require someone with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, coupled with a high level of professionalism to support the initiatives of  this significant, whānau focused organisation. A working understanding of kaupapa Māori will be essential.   Experience of contract management and procurement procedures is necessary for the role.

You will engage in a variety of set tasks; however, you will also be required to assist your Te Pūtahitanga Team members as and when needed. Being able to effectively time manage and prioritise your mahi will be crucial to your success in this role.

You will be responsible for:

Managing a selection of commissioned initiatives post investment and along the contract negotiation process

Advising in relation to future commissioning initiatives, particularly around the processes for recruitment and selection of new initiatives

Working closely with the whānau enterprise coaches and other contract advisors.

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding new opportunity to support the realisation of Whānau Ora, then this role is for you. Some travel outside of Christchurch will be required.

To apply please follow the link below and apply online. For further information and confidential enquiries, please contact Megan Te Kahu on 03 974 0116.

Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!

Applications Close: 11.55pm, Thursday 16 May 2019

Job Details

Reference #13902

Posted on27 Apr 2019

Closes on16 May 2019 23:55

Expertise Community Services and Development

Work type(s)Fixed term full-time

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