Learning the legends and legacies of those before us

Last weekend, our leaders-in-training stood in wonder, as the rays of the sun splintered the deep puffs of cloud sitting above Takapūneke, in the land of Onuku.      Takapūneke was the home of the Ngāi Tahu Upoko Ariki; Te…

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Beauty in every stem

The earth laughs in flowers.  It leaps with joy in perky daffodils, haughty tulips look out over the world in splendid shades of red; exquisite orchids demonstrate perfection in every aspect of their design.   Separately they have a beauty in…

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Happy Birthday Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu!

This week we have been celebrating and reflecting on our first three years since we opened a new chapter in Whānau Ora in Te Waipounamu with the birth of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. We have looked back on our…

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No Ordinary Rain

Haramai te kōnehunehu! Haramai te hāuaua, Haramai te tarahī! Haramai te patapataiāwhā! Takataka mai i te kōmanawa o te hei tapu, whāinumia e koe e Waipuna-ā-rangi ka tupu te whenua, ka tupu te tangata! Welcome the misty rain! Welcome the…

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He Hono Tangata

He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pa he taura waka e motuUnlike a canoe rope, a human bond cannot be severed.   This week Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu had the honour of accompanying the Minister for Whānau…

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So many beautiful stories of manaakitanga, innovation and social enterprise

Rēkohu.  Wharekauri.  Chathams Islands.   A land of exquisite beauty, where the dawn rises from behind the shore and sets the world alight.    And in the stillness of its silhouette on the waters, just as suddenly the sun appears to dazzle…

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Our strength does not come from one alone, it is from our collective force. 

Across Aotearoa, whether by lantern festivals or star-gazing, hākari or hui, our whānau, hapū and iwi are celebrating Te Iwa o Matariki, the rising of Puanga / Puaka.   This is the time in days gone by, when the pātaka…

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Hope for the Future

  This week our kura had its preparation for Manu Kōrero.  How proud was I to see our son stand and deliver his speech, ending with the message, ‘Nō reira, ka tū rangatira au hei raukura mō tōku iwi ko…

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Ignite the Fire of Language

Whakatika te Huarahi – Harenga Whakamua Ready the Path and Move Forward – Move Forward Together What an incredible night we all had at Rehua Marae on Tuesday 6 June. That was the night the Three Taua (not to be…

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The Cat in the Hat

“We looked!   And we saw him!   The Cat in the Hat! And he said to us, Why do you sit there like that? I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have…

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