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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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Let the arch of the rainbow glisten

This week a whakataukī was shared with me from the Ngāi Tahu publication about the Nine Tall Trees.   In 1986, the late Rakiihia Tau, on behalf of the Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board, filed the Ngāi Tahu claim with the…

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Don’t Focus on the Weeds!

NAN’S GARDEN At the Iwi Chairs Forum at Hopuhopu this week, a young man recounted the story of his Nan teaching him and his cousins to work in the gardens. He said that his Nanny had never talked about weeds….

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Travelling the Southern Roads

This week saw me swept up in the beauty of the Mataura, travelling the Southern roads to Bluff for an incredible community wide hui in the vibrant beauty of Te Rau Aroha marae.   While the winds and rains roared outside,…

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The understanding of whakapapa and tikanga is shared

There is nothing that represents the exuberance of our tamariki mokopuna as a day exploring the wonder of Te Kaihinaki – the mighty Moeraki Boulders.   The Moeraki Boulders are our natural taonga that grace a stretch of Koekohe Beach on…

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Showcasing Whānau and giving hope into Action

Te Aho Mutunga Kore: The Eternal Thread – our inaugural symposium – was all that we had wished for and more.   It was a wonderful celebration of the 76 distinctive initiatives that shape the look and feel of ‘Whānau Ora…

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In growing kai we are also growing Whānau

30th June 2016 The financial reporting year starts on 1 July and ends 30 June.   It’s the time of year when all the reports start flooding in, the stories and narratives telling us of the amazing progress we are observing…

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To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die

Tangi kau ana te ngākau ki ngā mate o te wā, tērā ia te ruahine o Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki me te rangatira o Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi kua riro i te tirohanga kanohi i tēnei wiki…

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