Wearing our love on our sleeve

  The serene beauty of Te Rāpaki-o-Te Rakiwhakaputa was the landscape for which a beloved husband, father, Pōua, coach, umpire, cousin, friend and brother was sadly laid to rest this week. Damon Ruki, (1972-2021) was celebrated by the masses; mourners…

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Preparing for Winter

     Ka kitea a Matariki, ka rere te korokoro ‘When Matariki is seen, the lamprey migrate’  Koinei tētahi o ngā whakataukī maha e hāngai ana ki te ahunga mai o Matariki me ngā mahi e tika ana kia tutuki…

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Counting the difference

     “The Government recognises that in many instances social service, community, iwi and Whānau Ora organisations are best placed to provide vital support to the communities impacted by COVID-19”. That was the heartfelt statement from the Minister for Social…

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Going Forward

   In 2013 the village of Owaka a small town in the Clutha District, just 35km out of Balclutha, established the Owaka Going Forward campaign. The town’s population was 303 in the 2013 census, a decrease of 24 from 2006….

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The Courage to Act

  This week the nation watched a community of courage. A community that came together, to act – not to react. A community that confronted their fear and saddled up for the journey anyway. It was all about Axle. For…

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Ka Koroki Te Manu

Ka Koroki Te Manu Presentation on Whānau Ora – Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu; Nga Hau e Wha marae; Christchurch Helen Leahy, Pouārahi / Chief Executive Wednesday 27 September 2017   Presentation PDF Presentation pptx   It is our honour…

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The best dumplings in the world

  Sachiko Shimamoto has a dream. A dream to be the best producer of dumplings in the world. An aspiration that people will come from all over to sample her wares; to bite into the succulent tender package of goodness…

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He waka eke noa

  The whakataukī, he waka eke noa, is often used to represent the concept that ‘we are all in this together’.   Waka, in fact, are frequently drawn on to help us focus – where is our waka heading (what…

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Te Puna Waimarie

  Te Puna Waimarie, Te Puna Hauaitu, Te Puna Karikari –  The pools of frozen water; The pools of bounty; The pools dug by the hand of man There is a particular whakataukī of Ngai Tahu which inspired us when…

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Building your own whare

  A simple pull-down banner can say a lot.   So it was that at the education symposium, Kā au Kahuraki, we learnt about the vision for self-determination being signed up to by the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand…

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