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Taking the First Step

OMAKA MARAE MĀori women’s welfare league pink ribbon breakfast. 8am Monday 30 May 2016; Omaka Marae Helen Leahy, Pouarahi / Chief Executive,  Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu   I want to firstly acknowledge the significance of being here today, as…

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The long term vision, super power babies and budget announcements!

When I was in Timaru a couple of weeks ago at the South Canterbury Primary Health Care Symposium, I came across the most beautiful book, the Super Power Baby Project.   The book features the most dazzling portraits of children with…

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Māori females can do it

  Māori females can do it This Friday night, we are accompanying Whenua Kura to the BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming awards dinner for the Ahuwhenua Trophy, in Hamilton.      This year, two of the three finalists for the…

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Friendly New Faces

Ko Hine-tītama koe matawai ana te whatu i te tirohangaYou are like Hine-tītama, a vision at which the eyes glisten The Roman statesman and scholar, Marcus Tullius Cicero, had a good point.  He once said, “The face is a picture…

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“I didn’t choose the skuxx life, the skuxx life chose me”.

I love hearing new words.   This week, at a hui of Māori entrepreneurs the phrase ‘Genetic Maorification’ was dropped into the conversation.   It draws from the concept of whakapapa;  genealogy being passed from one generation to the next and…

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What does our history hold?

OK, I have to admit it, I do love the shimmering harbour of Whanganui-a-Tara.    This was our view on Tuesday this week, when I attended the meeting of the national council of Family Works; the child and family services…

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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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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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