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!Read More
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.Read More
Te Waipounamu. Land of shimmering shores. Sun-blasted landscapes. Rippling waters basking under puffs of cloud. In the two years since I took up the Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu baton, I have fallen in love with this beautiful island of such rich contrast.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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’.Read More
“To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something;
to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.”
Criss JamiRead More
This week we had a taste of everything – the magic of the vision of Mataura; the unique legacy of the leadership of Ta Mark Solomon; an international conference of the children of incarcerated parents, literacy on the beach in Blenheim and much more. Have a read!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This week at Te Pūtahitanga we discover Project Kete, Introduce our whānau enterprise coaches, Inspirational Whānau Stories, Awarua Whirwhiringa Graduation, We are looking for a Communications Advisor and the release of Wave Six!Read More
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.Read More
Sometimes a few words can make all the difference. Not long after a state of emergency was declared in Christchurch and Selwyn, an email was received “Please accept our heartfelt aroha to all of you. How much more can you all endure?”.Na whaea TarianaRead More
Life, death, children, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, hangi and haka, rugby league, sustainability, maara kai, energy poverty, Māori with disabilities, whakapapa, whanaungatanga. Just another week in Te Waipounamu – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.Read More
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves it’s still only January. The pace has been fast and fantastic – as this week’s blog reveals. The momentum and magic of Mana Rangatahi at Omaka Marae in Blenheim; the determination and sense of self-belief amongst the whānau at Kaikōura; the opportunities that are being embraced in the Chatham Islands, the arrival of a new Navigator for Te Ha o Kawatiri in Westport, and the announcement of our Navigator Coordinator (Pari Hunt) and contracts assistant for Te Tai Poutini – Te Tau Ihu (Gina-Lee Duncan). Read and enjoy!Read More