Listening to the aspirations of whānau and supporting the realisation of whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori-led solutions and initiatives is what drives Whānau Ora and underpins everything we do at Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. It is not about us, it is about those we have the privilege to work with.
It makes sense that when it comes to rangatahi, they, too, are supported to test their own ideas and pave their own way, and it is this notion that led to the creation of RUIA in 2019.
Delivered in partnership with Rātā Foundation, RUIA has supported hundreds of rangatahi Māori in Te Waipounamu to realise their aspirations in the areas wellbeing, intergenerational leadership, succession planning and cultural development. We have seen some incredible RUIA initiatives come to life over the past five years and we are excited to see more. Applications for 2023 opened this week and we encourage you to help us share the word. From Hokitika to Temuka, Te Hoiere to Murihiku, we want to hear from rangatahi in every corner of Te Waipounamu, Rakiura and Rēkohu/Wharekauri.
The same goes with Tama Ora, which also opened this week for applications.
Tama Ora is a partnership with Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa and funds kaupapa that enable tamariki and rangatahi Māori to stay active. It is open to both individuals and groups in Te Waipounamu, Rakiura and Rēkohu/Wharekauri and can support an event, project or programme with grants up to $20,000.
These opportunities can be the difference. Please help us ensure our whānau know about them, and remember we are here to help answer any questions about the application process.
Meanwhile, we have had an overwhelming response to the reopening of Te Kīwai, with more than 680 applications in the first week alone. This reflects the very real need in our communities. If you know of whānau Māori, particularly in our rural communities, who are in the position of having to choose between kai or paying for their activities for tamariki, please encourage them to apply. Although please be advised that there may be delays in application processing times, due to the high demand (and thank you to the kaimahi who are working hard to get through these).
Kia pai tō wā whakatā. Enjoy those weekend sports!