On Tuesday, it was exciting to welcome Dr Nathan McCluskey to the team as our new Outcomes Specialist.
At the whakatau, Nathan spoke of the importance of whānau and briefly shared his life journey in how he found himself at Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. He also spoke of his desire to contribute to the mahi that we do and hoped that with the qualitative and quantitative experience that he has had in life and in work, that it would help to contribute to the wonderful work that we do. He also noted what a privilege it was to be able to work at Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.
Nathan has extensive experience in comprehensive research projects, including the South Island User Needs Assessment of the Agricultural Production Survey; Analysis of the impact of the Government’s 100-day priorities on Māori; and the Māori Social Survey (MSS). He has also been involved in family and youth research; public administration and policy analysis; gathering Māori ‘statistics’ and kaupapa Māori methodologies; and policy research and analysis.
With interests in rugby, softball, speedway, tramping, whānau and community work, we are sure Nathan will settle into the tari well!
Luke Siaki says that working with youth is ‘a calling.’ It’s something he has done for the last five years as a fulltime youth clinician with Enabling Youth. Now, as the founder of Christchurch based The Rangatahi Creative Hub and supported by his wife Shanelle (Te Arawa), he is focussing on encouraging rangatahi to reach their full potential. “There are a heap of talented kids out there, but they often don’t have the knowledge, the resources or the self-belief to know where to start.” With the help of RUIA funding, Rangatahi Creative opens their doors to a dozen rangatahi who visit two nights a week some travelling for up to an hour into the city to take part. Read more about this unique Ōtautahi space here.
When Sachiko Shimamoto, founder and director of Kai Connoisseurs, wants to get things done, nothing stops her. In about a week, Sachiko pulled together a kai and kākahu fundraiser at Kai Connoisseurs HQ in Aranui to support whānau affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
“There are whānau who have lost it all, everything they ever owned, washed away,” says Sachiko. I had a thought as I was adding a top to the pile of stuff I’ve been meaning to give away, why not try sell these clothes, so that someone else can replace their clothes; and at the same time create an opportunity for our community to come get some pre-loved bargains.”
That thought quickly blossomed and on Sunday crowds turned up to tautoko the event. Sachiko said the response had been amazing, with hundreds of clothing and accessory donations as well as some awesome raffle prizes donated. In all, $5500 was raised for Hinemihi Marae in Wairoa – ka mau te wehi!
Growth in the Navigation space brought a restructure and the introduction of the Mauri Ora team last year, with three Powhirinaki working across three regions to support Whānau Ora Navigators embedded in organisations across Te Waipounamu.
Pouwhirinaki ki Waitaha, Carlos Thompson, reports on a busy six months for his team in this space, with a photo diary.