Tangata ako ana i te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society
On Monday this week, the kaimahi and directors of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu came together with friends and family of the Whānau Ora network to formally welcome our new Pouārahi, Ivy Harper. Ivy has been a key member of our Senior Leadership Team for the past four and a half years, and has been sharing the role of interim Pouārahi since May. We are so pleased to officially welcome her to the new role and to share her first blog as Pouārahi.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has grown exponentially since it was established in 2014, with a little over two million dollars in funding, and one funder. Today, we have a much larger budget to invest in whānau aspirations, spanning 16 different funders. We have funded over 850 initiatives in the past seven years, and have valued partnerships with 56 Whānau Ora partners, 10 Mokopuna Ora entities, 26 Kōanga Kai providers, and many others across our extensive network of RUIA, Tai Neke, Tai Ora, Uruora, Aroā, Tama Ora, Tū Pono Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau, Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau, and of course our fabulous NavNation of 122.5 Whānau Ora Navigators.
Into this landscape of vast opportunity, I am humbled to take up the enormous privilege of the role of Pouārahi. I am forever grateful for the strength of the structure and design of our commissioning model – as first given expression through the vision of people like Sacha McMeeking, Cazna Luke, Dottie Morrison, Diane Turner and the late Sandra Cook.
That such a model has withstood the test of constant pressure is a huge tribute to the insight, inspiration and investment of the nine iwi that determined to take a stand for the collective good of all whānau living in Te Waipounamu. I acknowledge the leadership of Ngāti Koata, Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Kuia; Ngāti Toa Rangatira; Ngāti Rarua; Te Atiawa ki te Waipounamu; Ngāti Tama; Rangitane ki Wairau and Ngāti Apa ki te Ra Tō to encourage us all to place our faith in whānau.
So much of the success and stability of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has been shaped by brave leadership; unstinting service and bold principles. In this I am forever appreciative to have worked alongside my predecessor, Helen Leahy; and the brilliant team of talented, tenacious wāhine and tāne she attracted to our workforce, many of whom are still with us today. I continue to be amazed at the quality and commitment of my colleagues, who every day are compelled to do their best to serve the whānau of Te Waipounamu. I promise to do my very best by you; to lead with love; with vigour and with integrity. I will work closely with our leadership team to keep the highest standards of excellence and more importantly I vow to be the strongest advocate for whānau that I can possibly be.
My solemn commitment is to ensure that every whānau knows that they matter; every whānau feels the love that is uniquely theirs. Life is so precious. Let our whānau know we love them every day.
I feel blessed to be able to take up the mantle of leadership for the transformational intent that is Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu. I am honoured to be able to reflect the trust placed in us by eight iwi and to always uphold whānau at the centre. I hope that you will all join me in the journey ahead.
Earlier this week, Māori business network Whāriki launched a new kaupapa alongside Meta. Te Mātātahi is a pilot programme providing fully-funded scholarships for 30 rangatahi Māori (aged 18-25) to embark on their journey as digital marketers and storytellers of āpōpō.
This course will give them the foundational skills to kickstart a career in the digital marketing space, as well as giving them a Meta certification: Meta 100:101 Digital Marketing Associate.
Applications are open now until August 12, and anyone who is interested can jump into an information session about the kaupapa on August 11 at 6pm.