Te Pūtahitanga - Stage Two Update

Kia ora koutou,


E raka te maui, e raka te katau

Each respective skill is valued


All of us here at Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu congratulate all those involved with Te Matatini 2015. Everyone who performed, supported, volunteered, prepared kai and watched at home will know how fantastic those four days were, and will recognise and appreciate all the hard work that went into putting on such an awesome event. It was a privilege to watch 45 outstanding kapa haka teams from across Aotearoa and Australia perform. Special congratulations goes out to Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau-a-Apanui, who were honoured as the top team this year.


The theme of Te Matatini, He Ngakau Aroha, was beautifully exemplified by the dedication of marae throughout the rohe who hosted thousands of performers; providing them with a home to sleep, practice, eat and rest up before they took to the stage. In many ways it echoes the key message of Whānau Ora, that manaakitanga matters – the act of giving, and working for the collective good, benefits us all.


As you will remember from our last update, Te Pūtahitanga has been working steadily to progress the seventy applications that made it through to Stage Two of the application process. While some contact has been made with applicants, the task was larger than anticipated. The Whānau Enterprise Coaches will make contact with all applicants by the end of next week (20 March 2015). If you have not yet been in contact with a coach, or have any questions or concerns about the coaching process, please contact Rowena Gotty at rowena.gotty@teputahitanga.org.


We want to thank you for your patience and support. The challenge and promise of Whānau Ora is enormous, and we are inspired by your enthusiasm, and your efforts, in working to create transformation for your whānau.


Ma te Atua e manaaki


The Te Putahitanga Team

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