Ashburton or Rangiora. There are approximately 22, 792 Māori needed to be double vaxxed before we confidently say 90% of the Māori population in Te Waipounamu are protected against COVID. In real life, that’s about as many people who live in either Ashburton or Rangiora – not nearly as many as Blenheim or Timaru – but still a lot of people.

That’s why Whānau Ora is pulling out all the stops to ensure that whānau have the information and can access an opportunity to have the vaccine, to have a much better chance at withstanding the rigours of Delta.

It’s about safety, it’s about whakapapa; it’s about keeping all our whānau strong, healthy and confident so that we can do what we need to, to protect our homes and our futures.

Region by region, the number of second doses that are required to reach 90% of the eligible Māori population are:

  • Nelson Marlborough : 3,660
  • West Coast : 876
  • Canterbury : 10,840
  • South Canterbury 1,078
  • Southern : 6,338.

It’s about safety, it’s about whakapapa; it’s about keeping all our whānau strong, healthy and confident so that we can do what we need to, to protect our homes and our futures.

He ipurangi hou

This week we were delighted to launch our long-awaited new website. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has grown so much since we were first established, and our original website was not able to keep up. We’re excited to have a fit-for-purpose space to share information and stories, and most of all we hope that it’s easier for whānau to navigate and find the information they need.

Visit here

Te Huinga Reo

We are proud to fund Te Huinga Reo through RUIA, bringing together year 12 and 13 students from Wharekura Te Aho Matua around the country to develop their reo proficiency. This incredible waiata released this week was birthed at a previous intake of Te Huinga Reo. Some of our Waitaha superstars were part of the studio recording of this waiata, including Hoani Tawhi, Halle Taite-Pitama from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kura Whakapūmau i te Reo Tūturu ki Waitaha as well as Waikahutia Tamati-Tupai and Manu Tawhi from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Whanau Tahi. Both of these pairs were also the kaitātaki for this year’s secondary school regionals where they earned first and second place as regional qualifiers from Waitaha.

Insights on COVID-19

You are invited to a Waka Toa Ora seminar: Insights on COVID – An update for community organisations from Community and Public Health with Drs Ramon Pink and Matthew Reid, Medical Officers of Health, CDHB

What can communities in Ōtautahi learn from the current COVID outbreak in Tāmaki Makarau? Community and Public Health staff have been at the forefront of the pandemic response for the past 18 months and are currently working to support Auckland colleagues to manage their community cases. This hui is an opportunity to hear how organisations and communities across Canterbury might prepare better for future community COVID spread. You’ll also hear how the case investigation and community isolation processes work.

Tuesday 16 November 2021
Online via zoom
Register here

Use the registration form to send your questions in advance. A calendar appointment with Zoom link will be emailed to you following registration.

Choice Aranui # 2

This Saturday the Aranui Community Trust is hosting its second vaccination event. If you live nearby, head on down to get your first or second jab, or even just to ask any questions you might have about the vaccination. No appointment necessary, just head along to the Aranui Wainoni Community Centre, 31 Hampshire Street, between 10am and 3pm.

KiwiKai on the World’s To-Do List

ATUTAHI has been selected as a Venture working on the World’s To-Do List by #SheEO Activators! They are so excited to receive support from radically generous Activators + funding to grow our impact.    Atutahi is a key brand promoted, designed and delivered by one of our Whānau Ora entities in Nelson, Kiwi Kai.   Through our investments, Kiwi Kai has placed a dedicated emphasis on marketing and increasing the number of retail outlets selling their Kawakawa juice.  The pūtea also helped Kiwi Kai grow their capability through employing more whānau.  Congratulations to the stunning Reni Wereta-Gargiulo!

Atutahi is working on the World’s To-Do List through SDG 9, building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. They are also working on SDG 4, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.   Find out more here:

Kiwi Kai he iti kahurangi - He kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea

Cup Day

It was Cup Day this week here in Ōtautahi, and although the usual festivities were pared down thanks to COVID-19, we decided to celebrate at Te Whenua Taurikura. Our kaimahi came dressed in their finest for the theme “formal and fascinating”, and we all contributed to a potluck high tea. It’s been a busy few months and it was nice to take a moment to enjoy ourselves and celebrate the spectacular group of people that make up Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

Kōanga kai Kaingaroa School Chatham Islands/Wharekauri/Rekohu

Meanwhile overseas in Wharekauri/Chatham Islands/Rekohu…..the tunnel house got put up on Sunday !  In the words of Teresa Hutchings:

“Missing from the picture are another half dozen whanau.  The day was blustery and drizzly but that did not stop everyone that could make it pitching in.  There was much discussion and all agreed on the best placement in regards to the wind (it blows REALLY hard here on Rekohu/Wharekauri).  It wasn’t exactly put up the way Philip and I were planning but we were not about to argue with a bunch of fisherman/farmers/hunters!  It is really great to be at the point of readying the ground to plant out our seedlings that whanau have grown and there was excitement in the air about all the goodness and joy that this brings.  Our fruit trees are looking amazing and really healthy.  Some of the whanau had not seen these before so they were pretty impressed”.

Hau o te Ora have recently erected a pataka kai outside the school.  Teresa has registered approximately eight households on the tini whetu platform.  There are likely 8-9 more households to do in the community that it is anticipated will be involved.

It is really great to be at the point of readying the ground to plant out our seedlings that whanau have grown and there was excitement in the air about all the goodness and joy that this brings.

Te Tauihu Māori Business network

This month Te Tauihu Maori Business network hui hosted at Pics Peanut Butter factory in Stoke was attended and supported by many of our whānau business Wave initiatives. In the photo, James Tuhakaraina of Mahana Solution, Chan Colin of Arewa one of wonderful Whānau Ora Coaches and Darney Takao Kaituhono-a-Mahi for Te Kotahi o te Tauihu. This was the first event for new Kairuruku Mareikura Ikin.  The network will be hosting the next Whakatu Makete Po Nelson Night Market next month on 4 December.

He Waka Kōtuia

He Waka Kōtuia is a kaupapa developed for rangatahi and tamariki aged from 4-19 years, to grow the knowledge of hauora through te taha tinana, physical wellbeing. All key messages are around healthy lifestyles, healthy kai, being active and fostering a positive sense of identity as Māori.

This quarter, He Waka Kōtuia had a focus on their tamariki through Waewae Kai Pakiaka and their kapa haka rōpū. A highlight for them this quarter was their kapa haka rōpū winning Te Hautonga, the Otago-Southland Secondary School Kapa Haka Competition.

The kōrero that was provided in their report noted that:

“The success that the kapa achieved has been built on a foundation of physical fitness, and mental strength gained through consistent physical activity.”

This tells us that the level of determination and self-discipline that was embedded into their minds through engaging in physical activity has helped them accomplish a new achievement.

Manu Comp 2021

Finally, let’s hear it for the best manu in town. Do you think you have what it takes to win $1,000?? Gather your friends and whānau on the 27th of November to make a splash.There will be LOADS of spot prizes to give away. Local bands playing throughout the day and awesome kai stalls (minimum age for entry is 12 years old).

Register here