Posts in whanau ora
Ignite the Fire of Language

This week the nation – and indeed the globe – watched on to witness the unprecedented reconciliation package that was presented to the people of Parihaka, He Puanga Haeata – a new dawn.   Across Te Waipounamu that spirit of restorative justice has been permeating our thoughts this week with the launch of the strategy that has emerged out of twelve months and twelve hui with the focus on Tu Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whanau.   We end the week in Invercargill with the champion team that has created Rangatahi Tumeke.

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Ripples in the water - The reverberations of influence

This week we head south into the chilly blizzard that met us as we travelled into the valley of Owaka.   The blaze of a hearty fire and an energetic team of Maori medium teachers, resource teachers, advisors and mentors soon warmed the bones.   We have been seeing the appreciation of Whānau Ora across the sectors in this week’s blog: Corrections, Justice, Education, Law.   The aspiration for Whānau Ora was always to see it being applied across all portfolios, for all communities.   Maybe it is finally an idea whose time has come!

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The Gift Of Bounty

The vibrancy and quality of this harvest from Hapai produce (Koukourarata) is symbolic of the fertility of Whānau Ora as it expresses itself in a multitude of ways across Te Waipounamu. This week we feature the excitement of Te Ao Hangarau as rangatahi took over the digital frontiers for a Tech week special. We fall even more in love with the wild luxury of the west coast as Tuia Te Tai Poutini releases its own story. And we celebrate the energy of the whānau from across Te Tau Ihu as they enter into the discussions around Tu Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau.

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Winter is coming

As the autumn leaves start to shed, it’s time to brace ourselves for the winter, deal to some of the challenges, and celebrate ourselves along the way.   This week we have been out on the Tu Pono road – in Temuka and Dunedin; our Navigators have been meeting in the South to mobilise their momentum for the mahi they do; and we’ve attended some fabulous celebrations – Manawa Ora in Nelson and the 20th birthday celebration of Te Roopu Tautoko ki te Tonga in Dunedin.

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The Magic of Autumn

The symphony of colour that represents Autumn signals a time that is ripe for change.  This week across Te Waipounamu conversations about how to make this change real have been taking place in vivid and variable ways: addressing family violence through the hui at Tuhuru Marae in Hokitika on Thursday; planning whanau futures at Te Awhina Marae in Motueka and debating the importance of innovation in a marae justice hub hui at Nga Hau e Wha.  

And we end the week, coming together with others from across the nation – Louise Nicholas (National Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate and New Zealander of the Year); Nicola Atwool; Ken Clearwater (National Manager of the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust) and Rachel Smith (Family Violence Death Review Committee) – to discuss the culture of family and sexual violence at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

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The road less traveled

One of my favourite poems is one by Robert Frost, where the poem ends

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference

This week, BoysIIMen, (Kaiapoi Style) showed us how lives can change by making a decision to travel a different road.

As Cyclone Cook whips up amongst us, why not warm the heart by catching a few of the stories of people who have made a difference through simply ‘being the change’.  

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Food for the soul

Katie Robinson is on to a good thing.   She knows that the quickest way to a whānau heart is through the puku.   This week Soul Full was launched   When in Christchurch, come along to 91 Hereford Street, Wednesday to Friday; 9.30am-2.30pm.      We also had a very big week – celebrating the signing of our Outcome Agreement; signing an agreement for a Whānau Ora Navigator in Wharekauri; RBA training in Dunedin; A and P show in Ward!

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The tears of the spirit ancestors

This week there must have been something in the water.  Literally.  The third reading of the Whānganui River Bill (Te Awa Tupua) took place in Parliament while Ngati Tama ki te Tauihu were in the High Court fighting for their rights to protect and safeguard their tribal treasures, in the form of Te Waikoropūpū Springs.   We had the privilege of visiting these beautiful waters in Takaka on our hikoi north, along with Kaiteriteri, Onetahua marae, Te Awhina Marae (Motueka) and Whakatu Marae in Nelson.


We also went to the opposite end of the motu in the RBA Training in Invercargill and then landed at Lincoln for the Unleash the Maui conference.   There was a hui with the Minister for Whānau Ora too.  All in all, quite a week.

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Mind the Gap

There was a beautiful korero given to one of the rangatahi at Tuhuru Marae in the land of Ngati Waewae this last week.  “We say that people don’t find pounamu; pounamu finds us.  In much the same way, you found us – and in that we know we have been blessed”.    It was just one of multiple examples of love; manaakitanga in action.   Sometimes the way we talk to each other can be bruising; it can shatter confidence, it can erode self-belief.  This week through the eyes of Tuia Te Taipoutini we marvelled at simple strategies in communication to make the difference we need if we are committed to a better world.  It was ‘mana-enhancing’ in every sense.   And you know - that’s Whānau Ora in every day life.

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A week of celebration and of remembrance

This week tens of thousands of us from across the globe have flocked to Kahungunu Park in Hastings, we’ve linked in to Te Matatini or Māori Television via ipad, iphone, PC, or the big screen. 


The reason being: Te Kāhu o Te Amorangi – the heavenly cloak – the theme for Matatini 2017.   NgātiKahungunu has left nothing to chance in their desire to welcome everyone to the lands of the Takitimu waka.  Heretaunga and Ahuriri have come together to offer the gesture of manaaki – pallets of apples, pumpkins and onions for families to take home; the shimmering beauty of pāua every where one looks, a site of perfection for the waka of ngā hau e whā to arrive at and celebrate the cultural extravaganza that is our national kapa haka festival. 


This week’s blog takes us there – while at the same time acknowledging the sobering significance of the powerful memorial created to remember and reflect on six years since the devastating earthquakes of 22 February 2011.

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Hīkoi to Hauora: The journey to wellness

After the devastation of the 2011 earthquakes, many of the school communities in Christchurch suffered ongoing shockwaves as discussions proceeded about what schools would look like in the post-quake era. 


This morning the pathways of four separate schools: Wainoni Primary; Aranui Primary; Aranui High and Avondale merged into one with the opening of Haeata – a new dawn.  It is a wondrous sight indeed to see a community behind a school, to feel a new direction being created, and to watch transformation start from day one!  Our best wishes go to all the learners and leaders in the East.


This week we venture South to pay a visit to Hīkoi to Hauora and we share time with entities in Dunedin before they prepare for Waitangi Day at Ōtākou Marae.

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