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The time is now

This week we introduce our interim Pouārahi, Ivy Harper and Vanessa Hutchins, and we share some more photos from our poroporoaki for Helen Leahy. We receive an update from Tū Anō and celebrate the launch of Mahara Lane photo booth.
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A thousand moments

This week our hearts are with Murihiku who tragically lost four young men. Moe mai rā, e oki. We catch up with the graduates from Tipu Ora and we hear from Hokonui Marae who held a wānanga to design resources to help tamariki deal with stress.
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This week we join Te Waipounamu in acknowledging the sad passing of Ngāti Tama kaumātua John Tahana Ward-Holmes. Moe mai rā e te rangatira. We welcome Flying Geese to the whare, and we catch up with Sister-Sister and Reigning Downs.
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Doing what’s necessary

This week we look for inspiration to help us get through difficult times. We catch up with the Omicron response in Waitaha and Te Tai Poutini, and receive updates from Wave 14 initiatives, as well as welcoming two new kaimahi.
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Out of the Dark Ages

This week we celebrate Tā Tipene who was awarded New Zealander of the year last night. We highlight details from our Wave 11 evaluation report, and we announce the opening of Tama Ora and Tai Neke, Tai Ora two funds that focus on hauora.
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Telling our stories

This week we are responding to some 340 applications that have come in through Wave 16 or as part of our Omicron response. We drop in on a couple of entities that are supporting whānau with fresh fruit and vegetables as part of Kōanga Kai.
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The Healing Power of Purple Mink

This week we reflect on the comfort and compassion of our kuia, as we look to develop new strategies to combat family violence, promote mental health, and advocate for whānau in front of two select committees.
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The kale that grew

Our beloved Pouārahi Helen Leahy announces her resignation and reflects on seven wonderful years immersed in the magic elixir of Whānau Ora.
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The Greatest Love of All

This week we welcome the new beginnings of Whiro and stay encouraged by the aroha and support that we've seen from our Kai Hub, local businesses such as Atutahi, and all of our wonderful kaimahi and their incredible work throughout Te Waipounamu.
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If you got it going on

This week we're reminded to manifest our strength for all of our whānau. Omicron is rapidly spreading throughout our communities but our busy lives aren't slowing down – our tamariki and rangatahi have been front of mind this week.
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