New Whānau Ora initiative launched!

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Board Chair, Norm Dewes, has congratulated Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi for a very successful launch of their Whānau Ora initiative, Poipoia, in Christchurch this morning.


“Poipoia is a wonderful expression of Whānau Ora at its fullest” said Mr Dewes. 

“The kura went back to their whānau and their school community, and asked the basic question, ‘what do you want for your tamariki mokopuna?’


“The whānau told us that success, in their terms, was about enabling the parents, aunties, uncles and those nearest and dearest to converse with their children in te reo Māori.   It was about having faith in our whānau that they know what is needed to improve the participation, achievement and experiences of education each of their students enjoyed.


“The key focus of Poipoia is the whānau of the 200 tamariki attending the school.  It is an ambitious exercise, to focus on whānau transformation at such a large scale, but I give full credit to Melanie Riwai-Couch and her kaiako and board for taking on a mission with such meaning” said Mr Dewes.


“Te Pūtahitanga was delighted to invest in Poipoia as it gave us another vivid example of whānau transformation, whānau doing it for themselves. We look forward with great anticipation to seeing the results of the whānau experience being realised and reflected in the increased confidence of their children to achieve at school and beyond”.


“Staff from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu were proud to stand amongst the whānau gathered this morning at Te Whānau Tahi, to celebrate the commitment to te reo me ona tikanga, and to the programme of after school learning support that will comprise the Poipoia initiative.  



Poipoia focuses on whānau transformation through education by extension opportunities and whānau mentoring around learning. It will provide learning support to Māori speaking tamariki and whānau, outside of kura hours.

Contact :

Norm Dewes, Chair of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Tel: 021 281 7749   

Melanie Riwai Couch, Tumuaki, Te Whānau Tahi

Tel: 021 981 107

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