Te Puna Waimarie, Te Puna Hauaitu, Te Puna Karikari – 

The pools of frozen water; The pools of bounty; The pools dug by the hand of man

There is a particular whakataukī of Ngai Tahu which inspired us when we were looking into the diverse ways in which we could support whānau following the impact of COVID-19 upon all our lives.

On arrival in this new land, the tupuna Rākaihautu sought an indication of the nature of the land and the fortunes that awaited him and his people. With his digging stick, his kō, he made three pools and then gave the prophetic utterance about what lay before them.

The symbol in the back uses the four streams flowing into the center to represent the constant flow of support to whānau. Some of these streams may be distinct and different – some may be specific to employment opportunities – supporting whānau to get their car registered, or completing a driver licence application.   Another stream of support might be around the power bill, or putting kai on the table.  It is shaped in a circle to show that it is a constant support system that has no ending and rolls over throughout all seasons to halp whānau. The colours pay respects to Te Pūtahitanga and Manaaki20 by merging the colours together.

Puna is made up of two separate funds specifically targeted at the immediate needs of individuals and whānau who have been affected by the impacts of COVID-19. You can apply for Puna throughout the year to help with the cost of things like kai, power, firewood or car registration. Visit www.teputahitanga.org or call 0800 187 689 to learn more. 

Wave 14 opens!


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The roadshow went to Alexandra Community House on Tuesday


Wave 14 officially opens today – this is the Wave that prepares for investment in your dreams – to take effect from 1 July 2021.

This week our team has been out on the road, responding to conversations and hearing all of the amazing ideas that whānau are sharing.

This wave, we have been really keen to respond to some of your feedback from earlier waves, by introducing some tools to assist with getting a successful application together.    Key to an effective application is:

  • Clarity

  • Value Add

  • Budget

  • Whānau Ora outcomes

  • Appropriate level of mana whenua engagement 

  • Sustainability

These planning templates are also available on our website under Resources/Wave Toolbox 

  • Budget Planning Calculator

  • Implementation Plan

Our Whānau Enterprise coaches are also available to help you with your application. Email sue.quinn@teputahitanga.org if you’re interested.

Wave opens 1st April 2021 – closes NOON 30th April 2021

Have a look at this stunning video sharing some of the irrepressible enthusiasm of Hawaiki Kura for the opportunity provided by Wave investment.


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Te Kiwai is now live!

There is nothing as good for the soul as hearing the sound of children laughing, watching them run their fastest race, jump high to touch the sky, and passing on the ball to the next one coming through.

Yesterday we launched Te Kiwai at Te Pā o Rākaihautū amongst a group of local Christchurch schools that had been invited to support the kaupapa including Tuahiwi, Cashmere High; Christchurch Boys High; Christchurch Girls High; Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Whānau Tahi; Whakapumau; Haeata; Shirley Boys; Avonside Girls; Riccarton High; Hornby High, Te Waka Unua, Linwood High, Hillmorton High, Burnside and St Thomas’.

 The fund has been named Te Kīwai, this comes from “Ko koe ki tēnā, ko au ki tēnei kīwai o te kete”, each person holds their handle of the kete to carry and take care of what is inside. In this context, the handles refer to the partnership and the content refers to tamariki and rangatahi Māori, the joint action is the uplifting of wellbeing for tamariki and rangatahi Māori in the context of whānau.

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Te Kīwai is a brand new fund that provides direct financial support to help tamariki and rangatahi Māori, 5-18 years, stay active. Te Kīwai is a partnership between Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa and is targeted at whānau who might be experiencing financial hardship. Funding of up to $300 per person is available each year to help with costs like new shoes, uniforms, equipment, tournament or class fees and transport. Visit www.teputahitanga.org or call 0800 187 689 to learn more. 


It was such a special day.  The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson, gave a rousing speech in support of this important kaupapa – so that every child has the best chance to enter into a life of physical activity.   Former Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle, who is now Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand spoke; as did Tauira Takurua, Kaiurungi of Te Pā o Rākaihautū.   There was incredible tautoko from our Navigator Tinana entities and our fabulous sporting champions – Hale Compound Conditioning; Bros for Change; Kutt Functional Fitness; Crossover Coach; Yoga Warriors; Jump Jam; Aerobix; Tactix players, kickboxer Nort Beauchamp and our own wonderful staff.










Hot Day in Te Tai Poutini

While the thunder and lightning was crashing down in Te Ika a Maui, we have had endless sunshine and heat across Te Waipounamu this week.  Our Navigator contracts advisor, Huata Arahanga, had an awesome day with the new manager at Poutini Waiora completing a manager onboarding and training.  It was a hot day and they even had an earthquake!!


Photo: Kneeling in front Maegan Cameron - social worker, behind her Lynette Sollis - Navigator, Shelley Mills - Manager and Huata Arahanga

Photo: Kneeling in front Maegan Cameron – social worker, behind her Lynette Sollis – Navigator, Shelley Mills – Manager and Huata Arahanga



Harnessing Potential with Responsibility 

This week our entire General Partner Limited Board attended the exciting launch of the resource and approach known as Waihiko.

Waihiko is the interpretation of the atua (god) of electricity. An element that has long been with us, but only recently evolving into a space that has weaved into the framework of our modern-day existence. 

Technology has rapidly transformed the world we live in and society as a whole has been propelled into this space with any guidance or true understanding of how any of us belong in it. 

The Waihiko pūrākau (myth) provides a narrative revealing a Māori connection to digital and technological realms, highlighting the power we have to harness unlimited potential. But reminding us that with power comes great responsibility.

Te Ara Waihiko is a New Zealand discovery platform designed to inspire, connect and support Māori into pathways for creative and digital careers. While providing guidance and support to industry leaders to work with young Māori.

Te Ara Waihiko started out as a story written by Hori Te Ariki Mataki after attending a rangatahi focus group in 2016 and realising that cyberbullying was a big part of the conversation. 

“I realised there was no pakiwaitara about how te ao Māori me ōnā tikanga translated to technology.” 



Te Whare Puawai o Tokomairaro

It was an absolute honour to attend the opening of Te Whare Puawai o Tokomairaro in Milton, and to witness the widespread support across the community for a centre where whānau Māori can gather.   The inspirational energy of Tess Potae was acknowledged across the hui, with cousin (and Whānau Ora Navigator), Tia Potae speaking of the dedicated effort Tess had put into creating this place where dreams can be realised.

One kuia spoke to me about having waited for four generations for a place where whānau can meet – to grieve their loved ones; to wananga; just to be.








2020 Whanau Ora Symposium — Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (teputahitanga.org)


To be honest…..I can’t wait – it is going to be fantastic.   See you all soon…..

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