Our Commissioning Manager, Huata Arahanga recently had the opportunity to visit a number of Wave 16 entities across Te Tai Poutini, making visits to Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika. He came away inspired, saying it was awesome to experience first-hand the aspiration and passion that whānau have for their kaupapa. In Westport Huata caught up with NFM Firewood Limited, a whānau-based business supplying firewood and coal in Westport, Tamāhine Boutique, an amazing young Māmā who is diving into the business of providing unique Māori and New Zealand inspired clothing, décor and accessories that encourage deeper connections to Māori people and culture, and two wāhine who are venturing into creating a business around stone carving.
In Hokitika, Huata was able to learn more about the amazing community involved in the mana-enhancing kaupapa delivered by Te Hono o Ngā Waka, as well as meet with an incredibly talented and perseverant tāne who is building an amazing kaupapa around his passion for claymation. Huata wanted to have a tūtū but decided it was best to leave it to the experts! Overall, he came away inspired by the diverse and expansive range of kaupapa led by our whānau on Te Tai Poutini.
Yesterday our Pouārahi attended the site opening for Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi, a faith-based, kaupapa Māori organisation committed to the holistic development of young people, whānau and communities. It was fabulous to see this longstanding rōpū open their new whare, Te Iho o te Ora, on Windermere Road in Papanui, where they will continue to build relationships with rangatahi and their whānau within our hapori. The opening event was a beautiful occasion of celebration, featuring performances from Papanui High School and Hagley College, tours of the impressive new site and basketball games for the rangatahi in attendance.
Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi is part of a wider network of five centres located in communities across Aotearoa. Formerly Te Hou Ora, it was established in 1983 when it delivered weekly clubs for rangatahi across Ōtautahi. In 1996, the organisation evolved in response to the need for autonomous Māori-led decision making and culturally appropriate practice, becoming a national Māori organisation. Today, Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi delivers a range of programmes that support rangatahi and whānau, including clubs, weekly youth programmes, community connections in and out of schools, an onsite alternative education school and social and community work.