This month, it is our great honour to bring the Whānau Ora network across Te Waipounamu together once again for Whānau Ora Symposium 2023.

After a break last year, we are looking forward to seeing everyone in one place, celebrating your respective work and being inspired to think anew for the future.

This year’s theme, ‘Tēnei te Pō, Tēnei te Ao! – from the dark, to the light’, gives us time and space to reflect on the cyclical nature of life and the importance of continual realignment.

Like the fresh snowfall of winter provokes the tender shoots of spring, with each new season comes the call to restore.

In much the same way, after the interruption of COVID-19, comes the opportunity to look anew, to realign and to strengthen our central purpose of believing in whānau; investing in whānau; being inspired by whānau.


We are excited to welcome an inspirational lineup of whānau, whānau initiatives, entities, speakers and panellists, including Hon. Peeni Henare, Minister for Whānau Ora; Dame Valerie Adams; community leader Dave Letele (AKA Buttabean); sustainability advocate, Panapa Ehau and poet and scholar, Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Tickets for the Symposium and celebration dinner are available to purchase here. This is a great opportunity to hear about a wide array of initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of whānau and hapori Māori and I encourage you to join us.

Kia pai tō wā whakatā


Pop-up clinic at Omaka Marae

Nau mai, tauti mai! Calling all wāhine Māori and tāngata Māori aged 25 years, due or overdue their cervical smear and living in Marlborough … if this is you, we welcome you to join us at a FREE cervical screening pop-up, to be held in Blenheim on Friday, September 29, 2023, as part of the Kia Ora e Te Iwi (KOETI) event day hosted by Omaka Marae.

To register your interest in attending, please fill in this form and we will be in contact with further details. Expressions of interest close on Friday, September 22, 2023.

Stop workshop

Last week kaimahi and Whānau Ora Navigators in Waitaha took part in Stop training to learn how to respond effectively to sexualised play and behaviour between tamariki. Lyn Jansen, Prevention Training Lead, at Stop, was a wealth of knowledge and support and we mihi to Lyn for her work in this area. Stop first took shape in 1988 and has evolved to become a world leader in this field. It provides whānau-centred support and therapy to adults, adolescents and children who have engaged in, or are demonstrating concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.

School holiday events

Nearly that time again. Need something for the tamariki and rangatahi to do in the school holidays? Check out this Your Corps gaming kaupapa happening throughout Te Waipounamu in the next school holidays. There are tamariki events (8-11 years old) and rangatahi events (12-15 years). To find out more and register, see here.