We are the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Te Waipounamu.

We work on behalf of eight Te Waipounamu iwi to determine the best ways to support whānau development.

Our approach aims to create social impact by investing directly in initiatives developed by whānau or community groups. We also support a significant workforce of Whānau Ora Navigators who work directly with whānau to support them to develop their own pathway plans.

All our mahi is centred on the philosophy that whānau must be placed at the centre of service design and delivery, supporting them to realise their own solutions.


The Whānau Ora Framework continues to guide the work of Te Taumata to improve outcomes for whānau. Agreed to by Te Taumata and the Crown, the framework provides the central foundation of our commissioning methodology and stipulates a Whānau Ora Framework approach that seeks the following outcomes:


Whānau in Te Waipounamu are self-managing and empowered leaders.

Huia feather, korowai and taniko are symbolic of rangatiratanga and leadership.


Whānau in Te Waipounamu are leading healthy lifestyles.

Parirau (wing) represents the physical wellbeing of the whānau and whānau having the ability to thrive.


Whānau in Te Waipounamu are participating fully in society.

Poutama symbolises education and knowledge. With knowledge comes better participation in society. Mangopare is a symbol of strength.


Whānau in Te Waipounamu are confidently participating in te ao Māori (the Māori world).

Whakapapa, Papatuanuku, takarangi (spiral) separating Ranginui, the centre of te ao Māori is our connection to our whakapapa.


Whānau in Te Waipounamu are economically secure and successfully involved in wealth creation.

Pataka a traditional storehouse with the addition of a poha (kelp bag) containing titi.


Whānau in Te Waipounamu are cohesive, resilient and nurturing

Interwoven koru, embracing with indicative lines, showing certainty and connection during


Whānau in Te Waipounamu are responsible stewards of their living and natural environment.

Manaia (guardian) – how we should see whānau within the environment.

Latest articles

Karere o te wā

Latest news from across the motu

Whānau Ora partners and entities across Te Waipounamu have been busy this month, and we have been proud to be alongside them.
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Latest news from across the motu

Whānau Ora partners and entities across Te Waipounamu have been busy this month, and we have been proud to be alongside them.
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Rangatahi mā, applications for RUIA and Tama Ora are open!

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu are excited to let rangatahi Māori in Te Waipounamu, Rakiura and Rēkohu/Wharekauri know that applications for RUIA and Tama Ora are open!
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Fostering new horizons

This week we are thinking about the role we play for our kaimahi, supporting them to grow and sometimes to spread their wings by leaving the organisation. We attend the Terea Te Waka conference and host Tū Pono Connectors here at the tari.
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Advocacy in the Face of Adversity

We will continue to advocate on behalf of our whānau and hapori, and to do our very best to secure funding to deliver back into the hands of those who will use it best.
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“With Te Pūtahitanga, you develop long term relationships with like-minded individuals who understand Māori. They help you reach your goals. They encourage and support you to reflect, to grow, to progress.”

Janice Lee from Koha Kai

Nā te pūtea tautoko

Watch these previously funded kaupapa

Ngaire Briggs never imagined her whānau candle-making hobby would turn into a thriving business. What started as a fun DIY project with her kids blossomed into Huikai Creations, now supported by Te Pūtahitanga WAVE funding, they are able to experiment and produce more beautiful candles for the wider community.

Founded in the 1950s, the Māori Women’s Welfare League was built upon the strong vision of wāhine Māori leadership with the intention of sowing seeds of hope for all Māori women and their whānau across Aotearoa, forging a path towards a brighter future for all.

Jillian and Jolz, lifelong friends since age six, have shared life’s joys and challenges. They’ve raised whānau, seen mokopuna enter the world, and founded Four One Seven ORA, a business dedicated to improving the well-being of whānau through Rongoā Māori.