Futurist Alvin Toffler once said: “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
I’ve been thinking about the ‘great growling engine of change – technology as my team achieved the sweet victory this week of dragging me out of the dark ages into the days of Docusign. Their powers of persuasion were well-honed: “whānau have the ease of signing their documents from any device,” “the documents are encrypted so a comprehensive audit trail is achieved,” “it can be immediate – no delays while we wait for the courier to deliver.”
Call me old-fashioned, but I just like the sensation of signing in my best blue ink; initialling each page; investing in each word that has been so carefully negotiated. To me, it’s the difference between a quick text “happy birthday” and a lovingly crafted message on a Hallmark card. It’s how we show we care.
I was spoilt this week with a gorgeous lunch with Dame Taua Aroha Reriti-Crofts, and Nicola McGrath. There is nothing better in the world than the sumptuous delicacy of a dozen Bluff oysters to sup on at our leisure. But when that is combined with stimulating kōrero, hilarious anecdotes and sharp political analysis, well, simply put, it was all divine.
I met Nicola a few years ago through the leadership she was driving in an initiative called One Sista 2 Anotha. Nicola, through her role in the Police, wanted to support those women who left situations of family harm with nothing to their name. One Sista 2 Another collects nighties and PJs; toothbrushes and toothpaste; deodorant and soap, underwear and colouring books for the kids. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has always tried to help such a worthy cause.
In our second symposium, in June 2017, Tā Tipene O’Regan and his daughter Dr Hana O’Regan were the keynote speakers to open our forum. The theme of that symposium, Wahia, Haea, Rotua, challenged us to clear the decks to bring a spark back to our lives. It was a call to action in every sense.
Last night, Tā Tipene was awarded the ultimate honour – New Zealander of the Year. His legacy work as leading the chief negotiator, Te Kerēme (the Ngāi Tahu Claim), was ground-breaking, culminating in the Ngai Tahu settlement. He served on the Ngai Tahu Māori Trst board for 22 years, and was chair for 13 of those years. He was the founding chair of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission; he served on the New Zealand Geographic Board for 28 years. If you ever travel with Tā Tipene it will be a rare privilege – every corner in the road, every stream a landmark to an incredible personal archive of history and ethnology.
This week our independent assessment panel has been meeting to consider the applications that have been put forward for Wave 16. It has been fascinating to see the composition of the application group – of the 238 applicants, 117 come from across Waitaha; with numbers fairly evenly spread also across Murihiku; Ōtākou; Wairau; Whakatū and Te Tai Tai Poutini. Have a look.
What we have been seeing in the past ten days is a significant spike in cases in Te Waipounamu, particularly in Waitaha. Within the increase, the number of tamariki Māori aged 5-11 years still to receive either a first course or second dose of vaccination in Waitaha is significant:
We are delighted to announce a new funding opportunity, Tai Neke, Tai Ora, that will run from Monday 4 April until Friday 22 April 2022, and the application form will be available on our website.
This is an opportunity to build upon the heroic work that Navigator Tinana entities have been doing over the past six years, and to ensure the future of this funding stream through a robust and inclusive application process and reporting to Te Puni Kōkiri.
Tai Neke, Tai Ora will be open to all of our existing Navigator Tinana partners and the wider Whānau Ora community. We are seeking applications that will continue to deliver the amazing outcomes of Navigator Tinana, as well as expand further into all areas of Te Whare Tapa Whā.