In a highly fractured and polarised environment, division serves no purpose. Our world needs people who can heal the harm; who can nurture the soul; who can listen to those who want to be heard. We need people with robust skills; flourishing talent and just the right mix of qualifications and life experience to get us through. Those people are you.
There is too much at stake to not step up now
Ma te kotahitanga e whai kaha ai tātau.
In unity, we have strength.
We need to protect life and wellbeing; we need to build natural immunity; we need to nurture resilience. And we need each other to do that.
We must always challenge ourselves to look for more innovative ways and opportunities to connect and engage whānau in Whānau Ora pathways. To protect our whānau from the harsh realities that life can throw at us – we have to invest in the possibility and hope of champions; survivors for whānau.
Each of us has someone special in our lives. Someone who encourages us to reach higher; to dig deeper; to stretch and grow. In graduating today, I hope you remember all those who placed their faith in you – who encouraged you to step up; who showed the way.
This is their day. This is your day. This is our day.
Last Saturday Te Pā o Rākaihautū hosted a Waitaha Kōanga Kai event at their whenua māra space at Pohoareare. This site is just off Gayhurst Road, not far from the kura. The event was attended by kaimahi and whānau from He Waka Tapu, Cultivate Christchurch and Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, all of whom contributed skills and knowledge to sustain their kaupapa of growing kai. The section has a no-dig approach to planting kai, and has every stage of organic processing – from whānau dropping green waste from their homes, to the natural breakdown of composting, to planting taewa, corn and many more vegetables that are able to gain nutritional value with as little disturbance as possible.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu celebrates local talent announced this week as semi-finalists in these awards. We are delighted to congratulate some of amazing individuals across Te Waipounamu.
While many of the challenges experienced by the Mokopuna Ora entities have been a result of COVID-19, many also shared barriers and learning opportunities outside of a lockdown context. Challenges for entities this year have included:
These challenges highlight the added stresses of lockdown for whānau as well as the restrictions imposed on the entities when trying to respond. Into this context, the work of our Mokopuna Connectors are simply stunning.
This week I want to celebrate a recent graduate with a Diploma in Whānau Ora, and long-time Mokopuna Ora kaimahi Kathy Campbell (Kāi Tahu; Waihao). In her recent report to us Kathy shared some of the key highlights of her work at Arowhenua Whānau Services: