The best love

Is the kind that awakens the soul 

and makes us reach for more

That plants a fire in the heart

And brings peace to our minds……


This week our hub wished our beautiful Anastasia Zaharioudaki all the best for her wedding day to fiance Kaleb Hapuku.    Ana is a member of our PUNA team, but also proudly part of our rangatahi team – those fresh young spirits who create new ideas and design grand plans to lead us into the future.

We wish Ana and Kaleb all the best – to be forever young – to have a love that is ever-growing, ever-learning and to cherish every moment.


Back row: Mihi-Rose Tipene; Hora-Kairangi Nicholas; Hikairo Te Hae; Anastasia, Tanita BidoisFront row: Toihi Mahuika-Wright; Katarina McLean-Nutira; Jahkaya Tukaki

Back row: Mihi-Rose Tipene; Hora-Kairangi Nicholas; Hikairo Te Hae; Anastasia, Tanita Bidois

Front row: Toihi Mahuika-Wright; Katarina McLean-Nutira; Jahkaya Tukaki

Launch of Pūrākau Takatāpui

Come and join us we celebrate the launch of pūrākau takatāpui from Aparima, Waihopai and Ōtautahi. We will screen six video stories celebrating the lives of our iwi takatāpui.

Tickets available from:…

Ron Ball Studios, Christchurch Town Hall

31 July 6.30pm

She is not your rehab

This week at the Majestic Theatre in Christchurch Matt and Sarah Brown launched their book, She is not your Rehab.   (She Is Not Your Rehab)

Matt (Samoan) co-founded She Is Not Your Rehab with his wife Sarah (Ngapuhi) and launched the concept in his 2019 TEDx talk. He says the movement is simply an invitation for men to acknowledge their own childhood trauma and to take responsibility for their healing so that they can transform their pain instead of transmitting it on those around them.   He sees the barbershop as a ‘cornerstone of the community’ and barber chairs a safe place for men to change not only their looks, but their lives.

The red carpet was out as everyone came to support this dynamic duo and to celebrate the launch of this incredible resource – a manual for the prevention of violence; a life journal; a celebration of love.

 Mihi-Rose, Gina-Lee, Hora, Tanita, Toihi, Helen and in front – the lady in red – Dame Taua Aroha

 Mihi-Rose, Gina-Lee, Hora, Tanita, Toihi, Helen and in front – the lady in red – Dame Taua Aroha

Sarah and Matt Brown; She is not your rehab launch; Monday 12 July 2021

Sarah and Matt Brown; She is not your rehab launch; Monday 12 July 2021


Helen with Ihi evaluation founder and director – Catherine Savage


Dame Taua Aroha Reriti-Crofts being escorted in by Mihi-Rose Tipene

Taonga Puuoro workshops

Christchurch Town Hall

CSO Ron Ball Studio

July Fri 30 – Sat 31st, 2021.

Matariki with ngaa Taonga puuoro and Mahina…

Introduction to our beautiful singing taonga puuoro (traditional Maori instruments) and an opportunity to bring your own taonga puuoro for a jam. It’s a great space that was made for music, fun and laughter too. This is open to the public and your koha is kai please, to share. However, there is limited room and chairs, so you may need to bring a mat, better still, a cushion. 

The start time is 10.30am – 12.30pm Workshop 1

These workshops are supported by Creative Communities NZ and the CSO (Christchurch Symphony Ōtautahi Proud!) KiiKau Production Ltd. 


Welcome to Dale Wairau

The team from Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu are all thunderbirds go, according to Founder and Chief Executive Tracey Wright-Tawha.   They have recently welcomed a new Whānau Ora Navigator into their arms : Dale Wairau who will be continuing to support whānau in Te Anau within the support of Nga Kete.   Dale has moved from the Fiordland Community House to Nga Kete – but still continuing in his role as a Whānau Ora Navigator.



Te Arateatea : 

Ruatau and Hannah Perez

Te Ara Teatea want to train quality kaimahi to be empowered and confident practitioners of romiromi/mirimiri and other traditional healing modalities so whānau can heal from the impacts of COVID. 

This is a pathway to wellbeing to support and develop kaimahi to serve their own whānau and community. By using and embodying Maori traditional and customary matauranga to address healing on a wairua level whānau can focus on long term and intergenerational healing, knowing when whānau come back into balance they are able to contribute and have a positive impact in their own whānau, hapū and iwi or communities.

During COVID they experienced a huge surge in whānau reaching out, seeking ways to connect to the wānanga. Te Ara Teatea Trust have a Te Maurea Facebook community of approx. 7500 followers and have run clinics in Tamaki-Makaurau and Ōtautahi prior to the COVID restrictions.   Te Ara Teatea discovered the spiritual and mental health of whānau was severely compromised through the prolonged periods of isolation.   For some, it triggered aspects of their past and intergenerational traumas in their whakapapa and their detrimental impacts of current lifestyle choices. 

Many whānau recognized their wairua and emotional states were unbalanced and were turning to Te Ao Māori mātauranga for restoration.

It was through this online engagement with whānau they identified that whānau have a strong desire, now more than ever, to re-establish connections with mātauranga Māori as a way of navigating Te Ao Hurihuri.  

Te Ara Teatea started this journey of traditional healing in Otautahi over 12 months ago, developing their reach which has grown not just nationally but internationally and been in demand, providing support and healing within their own space (Home).




Successful Wave 14 recipients of funding


Jared Riwai Couch and the whānau of Whero Services (MENgineering), working with young Maori dads on driver’s licence education and parenting skills.   MENgineering will support and build young Māori fathers by running hui/wānanga which will inspire, connect, upskill and/or support young Māori Dads to be better dads and partners.  


Robert Owens and whanau – Urban Fades and Cuts, developing rangatahi by way of a barbering training course leading to further training and business opportunities.

Robert is an entrepreneur looking to establish his small barbering business in the community.   The key focus of the business Urban Fades n Cuts is to provide affordable and quality haircuts for all whānau including those in the lower income range, with a client pool of approximately 200-300 people. Urban Fades n Cuts has a goal of showing rangatahi (youth) there are opportunities for all of us.  

Through the concepts of whanaungatanga (connection) and manaakitanga (support) this kaupapa (initiative) hopes to provide a 4-week development mentorship programme that helps prepare rangatahi for the ARA course, and to implement philanthropic aspirations through providing free haircuts to the community for those with disabilities. 


Isley Tipene and whānau of the Rukiwai Collective, working with wahine Māori who dive for kaimoana as well as ngā toi māori 

Nga wahine rukumoana o Otautahi is a community of like minded women who have gone through their own journeys of trauma, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse and many other lifestyle factors that has drawn them to each other.  

They use tangaroa to learn how to collect kai moana to feed their whanau.  They turn to tangaroa to cleanse their hinengaro, wairua and tinana. This process awakens their mauri, that for some has been missing for a long time.  They lean on each other for healing, through their stories, love and support that they have for each other.  


Rawiri, Ngaoma and whanau of Mokopuna Maori Art Gallery and Tamoko

Mokopuna Māori Arts Gallery and Tattoos Ltd wants to involve kids in schools and run wānanga to teach arts to rangatahi and teachers. The pūtea from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu will go towards procuring arts tools, gaining resources, and paying the teachers who can then be involved and help with the teaching. The initiative will offer a safe platform for rangatahi and tamariki to express themselves through creative arts, build friendships and learn skills in a positive and friendly environment.  

Programming Māori Potential


Our kaimahi, Kiri Williams, was delighted to attend the Programming Maori Potential final presentations last Saturday 10th July where rangatahi pitched their final MVP/prototypes after 2.5 days of hacking (post 6 weeks development and design).   The digital start up accelerator uses hackathon and design thinking methodologies.

Kiri was a Judge – she loved hearing their well-thought out solutions to the very real challenges that Aotearoa face.  Initiatives like the Concussion App and Mārū Bear gained investment, internships, and awhi to assist them in growing.

We know there is particular opportunities for wider impact with the concussion App especially with the likes of ACC and NZRugby or other community sporting bodies.

Green Party Spokesperson for Whānau Ora, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere

Finally this week, a privilege and a pleasure to catch up with MP and Green Party spokesperson Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, to share our progress on Whānau Ora.