The River Flows


Our awa teach us many things, but our most important learning is this: Whatever is happening around you, keep flowing to our own destination; going forwards and upwards.  

Whether it be the turbulence of a river raging in its fullness; or the gentle tranquillity of a shimmering current, we can learn a lot about ourselves as we navigate our pace, our position, our place in the world.

This week some of our team crossed the Waiau Uwha Awa to take a couple of days together to bring our planning energies into the same room.  Hamner Springs has long been considered a place to retreat, to heal, to restore, to recover. Our purpose for our hui was to consolidate all of our planning  for Wave Ten which opens on Monday.

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Opening date: Monday 19 August 2019
Closing date: Sunday 22 September 2019 (12 noon)

We're calling on whānau to put forward your best ideas to invest in the future of all your whānau members, to harness their potential and make a positive impact.
Applications for Wave Ten ORA funding open on Monday 19 August 2019.
Whānau Ora is about understanding ORA in its widest meaning – supporting whānau to be in charge of their destiny; to lead healthier lifestyles, to create the future they want for their mokopuna to thrive in.  Ora also means Opportunity to Realise your Aspirations.  All initiatives must be based within Te Waipounamu / The South Island, the Wharekauri / Rēkohu / Chatham Islands or Rakiura / Stewart Island and must align with the criteria set out.

You can download the workbook and ORA application from our website from Monday.
Written applications must be completed on the official application form and submitted via email to  by 22 September or delivered to 10 Show Place by Friday 20 September 2019 (no later than 12 noon).

Wave Ten Planning has the special privilege of a celebrity guest appearance with whānau champion, Pio Terei.   Watch out for the videos…..


Koha Kai Doing the Mahi

l work interns, Karyn Bird and our Outcomes Specialist Sue Quinn, spent some time in Invercargill with the magnificent Janice Lee and her team from KOHA.

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Koha Kai’ has had a dream to open their own purpose-built kai cart. The cart is designed to enable Koha Kai trainees, who live with disabilities to be able to operate, and serve up top class food and beverage to their community.  Koha Kai provides trainees purpose, life skills and social skills that enable them to live truly valued and integrated and independent lives as fully contributing members of our community.

Coming To Gore and Dunedin Soon

Hori Te Ariki Mataki and the Ariki Creative team will present two 1.5hour rangatahi workshops for Digital Wings in collaboration with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Southern REAP.

Ariki Creative Digital Wings GORE Workshop

Date:        Tuesday 3 September 2019

Venue:     Southern REAP Gore Office, 6 Fairfield St, Gore 9710. Ph. 03-208-0614

  • Careers in Tech workshop 10.30am to midday.  Lunch 12.00-12.30pm

  • Illustration practical workshop 12.30-2pm

Eligibility: Rangatahi 15yrs to 25yrs

Ariki Creative Digital Wings Workshop Dunedin

Date:        Wednesday 4th September 2019

Venue:     Valley Baptist Community Centre, 270 North Road NE Valley, Dunedin

  • Careers in Tech workshop 10.00am to 11.30am

  • Lunch 11.30-12.00pm supplied by Kiwi Harvest Dunedin

  • Illustration practical workshop 12.00-1.30pm

Eligibility: Rangatahi 15yrs to 25yrs

We are also working with Ariki Creative to hold a digital workshop with our Whānau Ora entities.  Contact your friendly contract advisors, Vania Pirini and Marg Henry, for more information. 



The Westpac Champion Business Awards are the perfect platform to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people and organisations from around the region.    We are so proud to acknowledge Anton Matthews (FUSH) who has been nominated as a finalist in the category, ‘Champion Emerging leader’: a small whānau business with big dreams to share te reo Māori and Māori culture with the world through manaakitanga.

The Awards Evening is 18th September 2019.

TŪ Pono Connector in Te Tauihu 

What a wonderful opportunity we were part of this week, when the Te Tauihu leadership came together to sign an agreement with us around Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau.    

Te Hora Pa was the site at which Ngāti Kuia told us, Tū Pono should be Te Waipounamu wide.

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On 9 June 2016, Tā Mark Solomon launched Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau at Rehua Marae in Christchurch.   Tū Pono is a collective of organisations – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu; Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu; He Oranga Pounamu; Te Whare Hauora; Te Puna Oranga; Waihōpai Marae – and of course the Te Tauihu leadership group – all coming together in the knowledge that every whānau possesses the leadership required to create homes free from violence.

Over the last three years we have searched widely to strengthen the capacity of support for whānau to prevent the impact of violence within their lives.    As an example: 

  • we have invested in some 23 consultation hui across Te Waipounamu in Murihiku, Ōtepoti, Waihao, Morven, Temuka, Hokitika; Canvastown, Blenheim; Whakatū; Picton; and Christchurch;

  • in Wave Seven of our funding we commissioned Tū Pono Whānau Katoa Project Plan.  Whānau Katoa is a collaboration between Ōtautahi based kaupapa Māori agencies Te Whare Hauora, He Waka Tapu, Te Puna Oranga and mainstream provider Christchurch West Refuge. Tū Pono Whānau Katoa was created in response to whānau who were unable to access services due to the restrictions placed on agencies through government funding;

  • In Wave Eight, we invested in Whānau Pou by commissioning Te Puna Oranga to nurture and support whānau leaders who can assist whānau by providing immediate trauma support when faced with the trauma of sexual abuse.

  • In Wave Nine, we invested in Waihōpai Runaka to engage kanohi ki te kanohi with whānau, community, and to provide other services to offer  knowledge and expertise in the area of family violence.

  • In Wave Nine, we invested in Te Waharoa by commissioning Te Ahi Wairua o Kaikōura Charitable Trust to align with local navigators at Takahanga Marae and in the community to support whānau preparedness, resilience and overall wellbeing.

Over the last year, we have also invested in a Whānau Ora Innovator and four Whānau Ora Connectors who have:

  • created events and activities to strengthen culture, identity and whakapapa in Kawatiri;

  • coordinated suicide prevention events to geographically isolated areas of Te Waipounamu and

  • facilitated brief interventions to access specialist supports for whānau experiencing homelessness, housing issues and mental health and addictions.

We are delighted to be supporting the establishment of a Tū Pono Leadership Network in Wairau.   


He Waka Ora

Supporting mental health and wellbeing following a disaster is essential for a community’s recovery.   Every community is different – with different needs, values and characteristics. There is no single approach to psychosocial recovery that will work everywhere and for everyone.

 There are however some elements that are essential for a successful psychosocial recovery programme. These have been identified and shared on the new He Waka Ora website: 


He Waka Ora captures and pulls together the experiences of the All Right? campaign so that those supporting communities following a disaster know some of the key steps needed to effectively support a community wellbeing. 

 He Waka Ora provides insights on:

  • key psychosocial stages

  • understanding and measuring community wellbeing 

  • best practice mental health promotion and social marketing

  • building and maintaining support 

  • utilising a wide range of skills and specialties

  • determining the impact of your actions

In addition, the website contains plenty of examples of All Right? initiatives that have helped people promote and activate wellbeing.  


Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu & Violence Free Communities invites you to meet the developers and researchers of the Jade Speaks Up school’s programme*.   This hui is an opportunity to inform and engage schools and communities in the Invercargill area. 

Venue: Level 1, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill

(In the Library Room)

Thursday 22nd August between 1pm – 3pm

*Jade Speaks Up is an ACC supported programme designed to help our tamariki aged between  8-13 to develop strategies for keeping themselves safe from violence, particularly family violence.

Please RSVP by 20 August 19  to 

Kaikōura Loud and Proud

It has been wonderful to learn of the developments with whānau hui at Kaikōura High School with the Māori students.   At these whānau hui, discussions were held around wanting rangatahi to feel more comfortable and welcomed within their kura.   This is where the idea of bilingual signage and a whānau class in the kura were established.

From the 6-12th May, there was a group of rangatahi who came together to present to Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura to ask for their support to make their dreams come true.

A survey was then completed on the 9th May.   This was given to thirty Māori and Pākehā students, who all articulated their concerns around racism within the school.

The bilingual signage in the kura was achieved on the 20th June and on the 20th July the whānau class was achieved.   Have a look at this video to see the remarkable energy and passion of our rangatahi in working to create transformation in their lifetime.   Ka mau te wehi!

Wahine Māori in the Stars

How wonderful was it to see two Ngāi Tahu wahine announced as winners this week at the NZ Māori Tourism's (NZMT) Dragon's Den 2019 held at Tuahiwi Marae. Victoria Campbell (Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāi Tahu) was awarded for her concept of a Māori star gazing experience allowing manuhiri to camp out in star gazing pods in the Otago region and Te Koharaki Mason (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Waewae) was awarded for her idea of a sea to source jetboat experience from Te Tai o Poutini, Hokitika, through the sky-blue braided river plains up the Hokitika Gorge. 

It was a particular pride for Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu as Te Koha was one of our budding entrepreneurs selected as part of our Te Kākano o te Totara leadership wānanga back in the day.   What a wonderful moment to celebrate vision, enterprise and commitment!

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