The Circle of Life


“A circle is the reflection of eternity.   It has no beginning and it has no end. And if you put several circles on top of each other then you get a spiral”.  

Maynard James Keenan


I received a photo this week from a rugby tournament that took my breath away.   Arms stretched wide across the world, shoulder to shoulder, young men and old, facing inwards, together, united.   The thing about a circle is that it can be as mathematically perfect and beautiful at any size: small or large; the circle has an integrity of its own. It is like an image of the soul, never-ending, ever-flowing, continuous, dynamic, connected.

The reason for the circle? E Tu Toa- Māori Rugby Tamariki and Whanau Day.   Over eighty young Māori rugby players and fifty or more parents and whānau came together to learn Māori values, te reo, tikanga and whakapapa.   The players came with huge whānau support and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive already. The organisers have been flooded with texts, messages and emails as well as face to face acknowledgement of an awesome day with rugby success and fun had by all! 

Great to see the tautoko also coming from Te Puni Kokiri; the New Zealand Rugby Football union; the Ministry of Education and the Aoraki Māori Rugby Advisory Board for joining to grow tomorrow’s Māori leaders.


E Tū Whānau Ōtepoti

One of the Wave Nine initiatives we have funded, with the support of Ārai Te Uru Kokiri Centre Charitable Trust, is a series of activities that provide a pathway for whānau transformation.  Following on from a survey that was circulated to thirty-two whānau, the results confirmed several key areas of learning that whānau identified:

  • Ways to increase fitness and wellness 

  • Skills and knowledge around mahika kai for whānau sustainability

  • Increase in knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga 

  • Increase in knowledge of financial literacy for whānau sustainability

In practice this has translated into some exciting roads to transformation:

  1. Mahika kai – learning the skills of diving, fishing and kaimoana gathering 

  2. Nga kēmu o ngā atua e pā ana ki ngā tikanga Māori – tikanga based games to enhance the whanaungatanga within whānau. This approach will enhance the dynamics of interaction and in so doing establish a transferrable tool for better relationships

  3. Kai totika – nutritional advice on kai for whānau with budgets, nutritional knowledge to provide better choices

  4. Hohou te rongoā – programme to develop and enhance within whānau their own sense of wairua

Wave Ten takes on Te Waipounamu

This week our blog goes on a photo journey across Te Waipounamu and over to Wharekauri / Rēkohu / Chatham Islands; up to Nelson and right in the midst of Show Place in Christchurch.   Over the course of seven days we have been in Karamea, Kawatiri (Westport); Wharekauri/Rēkohu/Chathams; Queenstown; Reefton, Hokitika, Christchurch; Dunedin; Alexandra; Hokonui (Gore) and Murihiku (Invercargill).  Phew!

Oh my goodness the workshops are exciting!  Without giving out too much of the richness of the moemoeā shared with us, some of the ideas put forward include:

    • cultural literacy and cultural connection

    • matauranga tuku iho, 

    • rangatahi leadership and career pathways

    • an information technology/media business

    • succession building for the paepae, kaikaranga, waiata, governance

    • applications to be submitted in te reo Māori 

    • addressing trauma

    • Papakainga developments

    • Merchandise, pukapuka; digital stories

    • Wahine ora  / tāne ora


Applications for Wave Ten close on Thursday 22 September 2019

Once you have read through the Ora Application Workbook and completed your application, you can submit your application by email to by Thursday 22 September at 12 noon.

Wave Ten workshop in Otautahi

Wave Ten workshop in Otautahi

Henge Lodge in Wharekauri / Chatham Islands / Rekohu

Henge Lodge in Wharekauri / Chatham Islands / Rekohu

Wave ten workshop; Victory Community Centre, Nelson

Wave ten workshop; Victory Community Centre, Nelson


Kia reo Māori tēnei tari!

This is an opportunity for your tari or your whānau to grow our everyday language use and to also support Māori language week which is around the corner.   You can choose your own timeslot to suit your week as it is for the whole month of Mahuru (September).

You can register here:

Te mutunga iho, ko te mea nui ko te kōrero. Karawhiua e hoa mā!

Kaikōura District Council : Alcohol Free

Council is proposing the introduction of a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP). The goal of the LAP is to ensure Kaikōura is a safe place to live, minimise alcohol related harm within the District and to ensure the safe and responsible sale and supply of alcohol in Kaikōura.  They welcome feedback on the proposed options below. Consultation is now open and closes 5pm 4 October 2019. Submission discussion with Council staff and the Tri-Agency will occur on 17 October 2019.

Find out more about the provisional local alcohol policy and complete your submission here. If you have any questions please contact the Regulatory Team via email or call (03) 319 5026.

Digital Workshops in Gore and Dunedin


If you thought there was something special happening in the South this week you’d be right.   Ariki Creative hit town – hosting workshops in Hokonui and Dunedin – with rangatahi inspired by the concept of connectivity through social media, web presence and virtual technologies.

Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu was delighted to sponsor the workshops, in conjunction with Digital Wings; to bring the magic of Ariki Creative into Murihiku.

The face of love

To end this week, some glimpses through the sadness of tangihanga, of whānau coming to support the Pirini whānau in the loss of their beloved mum.   One of the themes of the tangi was that Taua Mateka had many favourites – a favourite niece, favourite son, favourite cousin – or so they all liked to think.

For myself, I know I was her favourite Pouārahi……just saying.

Our beautiful kuia, Whaea Molly (Chair of Te Taumata); Taua Sally (GPL Director).

Our beautiful kuia, Whaea Molly (Chair of Te Taumata); Taua Sally (GPL Director).

The boys…..Hikairo Te Hae (our kaiarahi) and our Hone…..

The boys…..Hikairo Te Hae (our kaiarahi) and our Hone…..

Sisters Vania and Crete

Sisters Vania and Crete

Peter Lyman (our independent monitor) and his children, Manuhaea and Te Rautāwhiri.

Peter Lyman (our independent monitor) and his children, Manuhaea and Te Rautāwhiri.

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