Kia ao ake te rā, he tio, he keo, he hauhunga


Kia ao ake te rā, he tio, he keo, he hauhunga

Let the day dawn with freezing cold, ice and frost

This week the sharp bite of frost has greeted us throughout Te Waipounamu.   Window-screen iced over, the crisp crackle of frost-painted lawns, the shimmer of ice on the roads.   I love the freshness of a chilly morn – the huff of hot air melting into the atmosphere; waiting for the world to thaw. It’s like taking a chance all over again; wipe the slate clean and start anew.

Sometimes – as a mother, a daughter, a workmate, a friend – I wish I could roll the clock back and start yesterday again.   That was one of the messages our kuia, Aunty Kiwa Hutchens has shared with us – never go to bed angry, never leave things unsaid.

This week, in honour of a special ceremony to give the Regional Commissioner’s award to Aunty Kiwa for 25 years of dedicated service to Christchurch Women’s Prison, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu released a video sharing some of her powerful kōrero.

In the early nineties, the cultural committee of Christchurch  Women’s Prison, led by Huia Rhodes and Tui Edwards, asked local iwi to nominate a kuia for the prison.   In 1994 Aunty Kiwa officially started as the kuia for CWP.   In April 2008, Aunty Kiwa was honoured with the Queen’s Service Medal for services to Maori, women and the community.

This interview, filmed in June 2019, traces back some of the memories gathered over the last 25 years of dedicated support to whānau associated with Christchurch Women’s Prison.

“We are the living breath of our tupuna, they died fighting for us not only to live, but to live our lives filled with mana and always striving for a better tomorrow for our mokopuna”.   Mereana Moki Kiwa Hutchen, June 2017.

You can read my speech here.

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Kia hiwa rā!  Kia hiwa rā!

Do you have tamariki/mokopuna in your care?  Do you want to know more about Kaitiaki wānanga available for caregivers of tamariki/mokopuna?  Are you an iwi social service or service provider who is interested in learning more about the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, section 396?

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu in partnership with Te Roopū Awhina and Tui Kereru Training Ltd invite you to an information roadshow to grow knowledge and access to:

  1. Kaitiaki wānanga (training for caregivers of tamariki/mokopuna); and

  2. The process Iwi social and community services and Whānau Ora entity take when applying for section 396 Approval of iwi social services, cultural social services, and child and family support services.

The roadshow will be held in two sessions.  The first session is for iwi social services and service providers interested in learning more about section 396.  The second session is for whānau who are caregivers or are interested in becoming caregivers of tamariki/mokopuna.


Farewell to Ben Reriti-Jones

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I have accepted (very reluctantly) the resignation of Ben Reriti-Jones from his role as Information Analyst for Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

Ben has been promoted to a key role within Ngāi Tahu Property as a Management Accountant.  This is an opportunity which enables Ben the chance to complete his Chartered Accountant qualification and develop his financial skill set in a commercial context, which again is part of his career aspiration.

I am, however, very sad to lose someone of such quality skills.   Ben has consistently applied a professional and diligent approach taken towards our financial management which has been much appreciated.   Ben has been an exceptional addition to our team and I am so very grateful for all that he has done to contribute in no small way towards our success.   We will miss him greatly – even if he is just over the road!

Hauora hui in Kawatiri

This week we were thrilled to support a health hui in Te Tai Poutini hosted by Poutini Waiora.  

A couple of years ago at our annual symposium Dr Ihirangi Heke was one of our keynote speakers.   Our contract advisor, Gina-Lee Duncan, couldn’t have had a bigger smile on her dial as she reacquainted herself with this amazing mentor.

Dr. Ihi Heke (Waikato/Tainui) is a health and physical education consultant using traditional indigenous health approaches alongside systems dynamics. Dr Heke is an elite athlete performance consultant to New Zealand Sport and has worked in disciplines ranging from the traditional netball and rugby to the more contemporary interests of golf and motorsports.

Dr Heke recently wrote the Atua Matua Māori Health Framework that has been gaining recognition globally in Japan, Ireland, Canada and the United States. Dr Heke is a strong supporter of mountain and river connections that can be converted into traditional physical activity and training opportunities suggesting that gains in health can be incidental outcomes that begin with connections to rivers and mountains.

Gina-Lee Duncan with Dr Ihirangi Heke.

Gina-Lee Duncan with Dr Ihirangi Heke.


Maranga Mai te Waipounamu

Maranga Mai is a Te Waipounamu Whānau Ora campaign with a focus to raise awareness of cultural protectie factors in the prevention of suicdie for rangatahi and their whānau.   Naumai haeremai…

# Kawatiri : Saturday 22 June 2019 : Buller High School, 12-4pm

# Motueka : Sunday 23 June 2019, Motueke High School, 1-5pm

#Dunedin: Sunday 30 June, the HUB Otago Polytechnic 1-4pm

Takahia te Whenua has been postponed. The new date has yet to be confirmed, but we will keep you all updated in due course, with plenty of notice.

A small group went to Whangarae to check out logistics for the wānanga, and we are so very humbled with the manaakitanga our whanaunga showed us. Thank you all so much for looking after us, and showing us around!   They are still keen for the wānanga to come to Whangarae, and we are very keen to still go! But we have postponed it due to weather considerations, and for the comfort and safety of our kaumātua.

We will let you all know when registrations open again, so keep a look out for the new dates!


This wānanga is a Whānau Ora initiative that has been made possible with funding from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. Ngā mihi nunui rawa atu ki ā koutou!

Whānau Ora on MetroNews

This week it was a pleasure to speak on both Waatea radio and MetroNews television (the students of the New Zealand Broadcasting School) about the influence of the Whānau Ora approach on the wellbeing budget.

Some of the points covered in the interviews included the importance of understanding the general context around commissioning.

Government processes for delivering social services can often seem confusing, fragmented, overly directive and unhelpful.   Existing social services are not well placed to deal with the multiple and inter-dependent problems encountered by many of New Zealand’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

Opportunities exist to reduce the transaction costs of contracting out social services. Onerous government processes can appear wasteful in that they draw resources away from providing services.  

Strong evidence exists that early intervention in social problems can significantly improve outcomes for individuals and the return on government expenditure. Yet, the social services system’s investments in early intervention are piecemeal and patchy.  The organisational cultures of providers and government agencies tend to be resistant to change and can be paternalistic towards whānau.

It is in this context that Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu is currently investigating how best to make an impact across the social sector in which whānau can directly benefit.


Luke EganComment