Ngā mihi o te tau hou Pākehā ki a tātou katoa! On behalf of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, I am wishing whānau across the motu all the best for the new year, and hoping that you have all enjoyed a happy and relaxing holiday period.
As our kaimahi return to the office after the holiday break, we are filled with a sense of opportunity and potential as we set our intentions for the coming weeks and months. Not only is it the beginning of a new calendar year, it is also the beginning of application periods for two of our most significant funds – Wave and Tai Neke Tai Ora.
Wave 17 is opening next week, and we are looking forward to welcoming a new wave of applications as the Whānau Ora movement continues to spread across the motu. Our Wave funding rounds always bring in a myriad of innovative and imaginative ideas, and we love seeing the creativity of whānau as they dream of new opportunities. If you’ve got an idea for a kaupapa that will benefit your whānau and community, Wave funding is for you – a new kaupapa, a wānanga or event you want to get off the ground, and everything in between.
At the end of last year we worked with the teams at Ariki Creative and NAIA to put together this beautiful promotional video for Wave 17. It tells the story of Little Shop of Taonga, one of our Wave entities who ended 2022 by opening a physical shop in Kaiapoi.
This is the realisation of a long-held dream for business owners, Dion and Jade Hancy, who first applied for Wave funding to support their online business selling tools and taonga created using natural resources. As their business has grown, so too have their aspirations and they are now proud to welcome customers to the Little Shop of Taonga store for a unique, tailored shopping experience. We are so proud of Dion and Jade and everything they have achieved through their vision, dedication and hard mahi, and we hope they serve as an inspiration for whānau throughout the motu who are dreaming of creating a different way of life. Wave 17 will open next Monday – visit our website to learn more, download the application form and check out the dates for our upcoming roadshows!
For those whānau who are passionate about hauora, and interested in running a kaupapa that supports whānau to stay healthy and thrive, Tai Neke Tai Ora might be the right fund for you. We will be welcoming applications for this fund the following week, and we’re looking for passionate and enthusiastic people who want to make a difference to the wellbeing of whānau across Te Waipounamu.
Between Wave 17 and Tai Neke Tai Ora, we are hoping to fund a new generation of kaupapa that will support whānau and uplift wellbeing across the motu. Whatever your dream is, we are here to support you.