Knowing where we are heading.

There is a place I return to in my mind when I am looking for a direction. Punakaiki.   A place where the river meets the sea. It is the place we spent holidays in summer, floating on the lilo, swimming…

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Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. (Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood (introduction), 1982 Mānia Ieremia and Tamairangi Norton, members of the Omaka Honomai kapa haka at the anniversary of the marae…

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If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

This week started off in the beautiful paradisal setting of Koukourārata for the scholarship presentation ceremony for Whenua Kura.  Whenua Kura is open to all Māori, with scholarships available for those aged 16-40. It is a learning partnership between Te…

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‘Ditch the Average’ : Ascend the Heights of Excellence

Last weekend our Taumata (iwi board) and General Partner Limited Board held a strategic hui at Ukaipo, the Rangitane Conference Centre at Grovetown.    The first thing that struck us was the powerful symbolism of the Wairau River flowing as…

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Kai hiku, kai upoko, Tribal Economic Wānanga

Saturday 27 February 2016 Helen Leahy, Chief Executive for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu         I pay my first respects to Ngāi Tahu, the first peoples of this land.   I acknowledge your unique relationship to this…

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Many Rivers to Cross

E te rangatira kua ngaro, e te reo o te iwi kua wahangu, e Ranginui, haere, haere, haere atu ra. E te uri o Te Whakatohea, ka tangi te ngakau ki a koe kua kapohia atu e te ringa kaha…

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A Gem in the Middle of Paradise

We have been so proud this week, to celebrate with Jade and Wiki Temepara, and their five tamariki, the opening of the Kākano Café and Cookery School. “Jade Temepara grew up in Murihiku/Southland until the age of 18. Here she…

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Kākano Café and Cookery School

Speech notes for Monday 22 February 2016; 4pm Helen Leahy, Chief Executive Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu The split second of time, immortalised at 12.51pm this day, will be forever etched in our collective memory, as whānau, as a city,…

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CE Anouncement

Kei ngā uri tōpūranga ariki o te motu whānau, nāia te kupu whakamihi ki a koutou katoa i a mātou e whakamōhio ake nei ko wai tō mātou Tāhūhū Rangapū hou o Te Pūtahitanga. On behalf of the Board of…

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We’ve Got Your Back

  This week, I was privileged to attend the Toi Tangata Hui a Tau at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Otaki.   My focus was on the connection between Whānau Ora and Toi Tangata  – The logo of Toi Tangata represents…

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