Inspiring and nurturing the next generation to be our valuable tomorrow


The young curled shoots of rarauhe emerging from the ground are sometimes generically referred to as ‘pikopiko’; a term commonly used as a metaphor for the younger or next generation of people.

I started the week off in incredible style with the hospitality, the manaaki and the magic of the Aunties at Omaka Pa in Blenheim.  An evening with the aunties was held as part of the great Feast of Marlborough that brings the crowds to the Wairau every year. From the pōwhiri into the whare, to the explanation of the tukutuku panels that Kiley Nēpia shared with the crowd, to the pao of the aunties as they called us to kai – everything was carried off with a flourish.  The kai was sensational – little slivers of kina interspersed with horopito relish; koura and tuna, and desserts with three types of kawakawa. Accompanied with some beautiful local wines, the ambience of the evening was heightened with the spark of fairy lights and the warmth of a roaring fire.

But what particularly touched the heart was the strength and the talents of the young people who sang to us, performed with pride, and participated to every ounce of their being.   That is succession planning; nurturing the growth; inspiring the potential.


Wero Warriors

Busy lifestyles and addressing the challenges of every day life often make it difficult to prioritise physical and mental health wellbeing. For the Pikia whānau of Appleby in Invercargill they wanted to address these issues through leadership as the future for their tamariki, mokopuna and future generations.  They were up with all the research which shows that whānau are completely connected and engaged when interacting with their culture and identity. Their initiative provides an opportunity for whānau to have meaningful engagement to address their own health and wairua issues in a culturally competent and safe environment.

Wero Warrior began in early 2017 with a weight-loss programme.  The initiative is whānau-led, realising the capabilities and skills and expertise in particular areas such as

  • Mihimihi and pepeha

  • History of geographical areas, purakau relevant to sacred areas

  • Learning te reo Māori, and

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles for intergenerational whānau behaviour change.

As part of their regular wānanga, they take on rangatahi softball, tīnana pai, harerei hotaka tamariki, and even darts for pakeke.  This whanau get together twice a week to motivate and manage their hauora.  One of the nephews is the main leader to maanaki the whanau in their Cross fit training.   

I know it must be pretty challenging when arguably one of our fittest members of staff, Vania Pirini, came back from a visit to Wero Warriors telling me “I was breathless, sweating, exhausted and it was the longest 40 minutes EVA!!”.

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Local Body Elections : Give it a Go!

Local government nominations open nationwide July 12 and voting closes October 12.

How proud were we to see one of our symposium keynote speakers, Tamatha Paul, is standing for Wellington Council.  Twenty-two-year-old Tamatha Paul (Ngāti Awa, Waikato Tainui) is campaigning to take Wellington City Council’s Lambton ward.  She says Māori and young people need a voice, which is why she's stepping up.

Last year, Paul became the first female Māori student president of Victoria University in the institution's 122-year history.  She represents 22,000 young people. 

Only one of fifteen Wellington council representatives are Māori, and Tamatha wants to change that.

"There's a movement globally of young people wanting to engage at that decision-making level because we have legitimate opinions, hopes, and concerns that just aren't being addressed until someone from our own community gets up there and does it."


Youth Vision launched in Otepoti

A vision developed to ensure that ‘In Ōtepoti (Dunedin) young people are valued, accepted and empowered to lead fulfilled lives, and wellbeing is nurtured’, was launched this week at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said in respect of the vision“Our young people are tomorrow’s leaders and we need to nurture their development to ensure our community is in good hands going into the future. My hope is that businesses and organisations now come on board to support the vision by reflecting its goals and principles in the way we all do things.”


 Kaumātua roopu, Whakamana tamariki

While we are in Dunedin,  we are excited to share this video:  Kaumātua roopu, Whakamana tamariki – mana tāne, Te Roopū Tautoko

Wade in the Water

This week, Gina-Lee Duncan, one of our team in Te Tauihu, has been meeting with Ascend – a non-profitable organisation designed to assist whānau through water based activities.

At a time of chaos and conflict, Kiri Raeana Papuni gained a sense of control and empowerment through her relationship with water.

“As soon as my ears went under the water it blocked out my troubles. In water I became my present to my surroundings, when I would finally ascend, my troubles were washed up with the waves”.

Kiri was driven by a calling to help other woman to strive to keep their heads above water. Now qualified in many aspects of water based activities Kiri, with support from her sisters, Diane Marsden  and Ruth Tipa, offers water based activities for whānau from low income families and connection with other woman to share their stories in a supportive environment.


Whakatū Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust

Whakatū Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust  in Nelson is excited about working with government and local agencies throughout Nelson area to allow whānau in Karaka and Orchard street to drive whanau initiatives.

Whānau will be assisted to determine what the priorities are for their streets and what they can do to achieve them. Whānau are at the centre of this initiative; creating and making their own solutions , to increase role modelling throughout their whānau.  

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Robyn Parkes, Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust


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