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The Power of Us

This week our team had a fabulous day together, utilising the strengths finder framework to mobilise the energy we need as a team, to respond to the ever-present challenge of the Whānau Ora approach.  One of our tasks in the…

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An Elixir for the Soul

Last Sunday night, I travelled up to Motuweka/Motueka to take part in the launch of Waka Whenua.    On my Dad’s side I have ancestors lying in the family cemetery at Lower Moutere Valley, in Motuweka itself and Riuwaka/Riwaka.   The…

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Aotearoa shaken up this week

The images coming over the newswires have been staggering.   The land literally ripped apart.   Pāua and koura stranded on a desolate seashore.   Piles of rubble all that are left of homes.    A group of cows perched perilously on a hilltop…

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Imagine a world better than this one

At dawn on Sunday the 6th of November 2016 the waka Tara-ki-uta and Tara-ki-tai were blessed by Matua Tom Mathews on the shores of Kaiteriteri Beach at the top of the South. The blessing was supported by Uncle Rore and…

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The hungry caterpillar, the incubator and the Medal of Honour

Transformation through Innovation The late composer and musician, Hirini Melbourne, wrote a beautiful waiata Pūrerehua, which is frequently heard sung in our kōhanga and our home. Pürerehua rere runga hau, Papaki parirau, Rere runga hau; (Ka piki, ka piki Runga…

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Moments Anchor You.

So said Dan Flynn, 2014 Victorian Young Australian of the Year; social entrepreneur and keynote speaker at the Festival For the Future last weekend in Auckland.   At the age of 19 Dan and his mates had a crazy idea, “what…

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Build a bridge, and enjoy the journey over it

I came across an image on Instagram that took my fancy this week – in many ways it summed up Whānau Ora; that all-consuming, all-embracing love that our parents gift us.   We can do no wrong, even though on a…

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A fitting sign of spring

And then my heart with pleasure fillsAnd dances with daffodils.~ William Wordsworth ~       Hagley Park in Christchurch was bathed in daffodils this week; a fitting sign of spring for the hui held in the Atrium on Wednesday…

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Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

There’s a phrase that goes, you never really know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.  This week in Masterton, in recognition of World Suicide Day, 564 pairs of shoes were laid out to represent every New Zealand…

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Me he manawā tītī, me tōhona hirika

Me he manawā tītī, me tōhona hirika“With the famed strength and perseverance of the tītī.” This whakataukī, often used as a metaphor for a person with great endurance, came to mind this week through the activities and enthusiasm of two…

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