At 12.51pm on Friday 22 February the world stands still. It is a time to grieve lost loved ones; to replay in our minds where we were on the day that the earthquake landed in Christchurch. And it is time to reflect on how far we have come – and how far we still have to go.
It was, therefore, a significant coincidence that on this day, we were in Wellington meeting the Minister for Whānau Ora to talk about the final report from the review of Whānau Ora, Tipu Matoro ki te ao – at the same time as not far down the road was Te Matatini ki te ao. Both the report – and the kapa haka extravaganza – have in common the power and the potential to grow, to prosper and to share with the world. There could be no better expression of the wellbeing of whānau to see young and old, male and female, small and big, urban and regional – gathered together to support their top teams, and to cherish the drama, the theatre, the meaningful moments, the poignant power of the words. This is the context for this week’s blog.