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.

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Karere o te wā

Kua whetūrangitia …

Today I acknowledge the passing of two beautiful souls who have contributed so much light to their families and wider communities.
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Kua whetūrangitia …

Today I acknowledge the passing of two beautiful souls who have contributed so much light to their families and wider communities.
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Papuni Boxing Ōtautahi

Encompassing more than the physical side of the sport, Papuni Boxing aims to support rangatahi in an environment where they learn key values and life skills that will enable them to take care of their own physical and mental health and wellbeing.
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Beyond the numbers there is hope

It felt like a tohu to see a clear, bold as brass rainbow stretching across to Te Waipounamu as I sat in Wellington Airport waiting to make my way home this morning.
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“In Whānau Ora we are looking at the positive things, that the whānau we are working with have to contribute, and using the things that make them feel good and that they are good at to help whānau shift from one space to the next.”

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Nā te pūtea tautoko

Watch these previously funded kaupapa

Reigning Downs in Murihiku is providing rangatahi with an alternative learning experience through hōiho. Through bespoke horse riding lessons and they encourage rangatahi who are challenged by the mainstream education system to build essential skills like resilience, confidence, perseverance and leadership.

Located in the heart of the western suburbs of Ōtautahi, Whānau Whanake support whānau along their own journeys to follow their own moemoeā and dreams. Through the Kōanga Kai initiative, they are giving struggling whānau access to, and knowledge on how to grow and cook fresh kai while also growing intergenerational connections in a warm and relaxed space.

Te Kai a Te Rangatira is a kaupapa Māori initiative that is supporting Rakiura Māori to reconnect with their identity, culture and language. The kaupapa creates spaces for whānau to learn customary practices in line with te reo Māori, and then having places to put these into practice. The whānau are geographically disadvantaged, unable to easily attend kaupapa Māori events to observe and learn the rituals of encounter, customary practices and processes. Therefore, Te Kai a Te Rangatira has created spaces and kaupapa for the whānau and community to emulate these practices.