Last Friday, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu hosted Te Whai Wānanga, Whānau Ora 2023 for our tāngata whaikaha, whānau hauā community.
This was all about giving the opportunity for tāngata whaikaha and whānau hauā to actually be at the centre and lead the kōrero, and not be the add on. The stories shared brought to life the everyday challenges faced that go unseen, unheard, and unnoticed.
Whānau shared their stories about being disabled in an able community and the challenges they face (or have faced) in life trying to get the recognition and support they need. Many of the stories were heartbreaking but also inspirational in the desire of the whaikaha community to continue despite the adversity.
This quote was reflective of so many that were received from those who attended:
“I just had to email you to say thank you so much for an amazing weekend with all those beautiful people. I have a hope that opportunity will come again to us as a roopū and as a whānau we found a new day in this weekend. Not only did I love, love, love it but I also loved hearing the kōrero of those beautiful people. Thank you for all your hard work in organising this hui.”
The wānanga draws on the work that Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has undertaken with members of the Whānau Ora Interface Group and the information gathered will be used to inform the Insights report due to Te Whatū Ora about the commissioning approach that is undertaken by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. The outcomes achieved by whānau as a result of the Te Whai Fund that was made available to tāngata whaikaha and whānau hauā will be a feature of the report.
Omaka Marae Māori Women’s Welfare League are fundraising for this year’s regional conference – which they also happen to be hosting! Take a look at the marae Facebook page to stay up to date on raffles and other League initiatives.