The waterways, the rivers, the streams, and the lakes of Te Waipounamu were used by our tīpuna as a highway.

To voyage safely, transport people, taonga, and resources our tīpuna would build mōkihi which are raupō rafts. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu draws on this indigenuity in our whānau well being workstream. We are committed to providing whānau with resources and safe spaces to explore and develop their own solutions to cross difficult terrain.

Tū Pono

Tū Pono Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau 

The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen the Māori response to family violence, by asserting the whānau voice as fundamental to reducing and ending harm.

In 2016, Tā Mark Solomon called on us to find a way forward in addressing family harm through the prevention of family violence. Tā Mark emphasised the importance of promoting the message of whānau empowerment and action as a platform for change.


“These are extremely difficult issues. We must all hold hands together and take our whānau, particularly our tamariki, to that special place our tūpuna prepared for us. We are born of greatness. Let us live it with pride and strength. While we may acknowledge trauma and reasons for these dreadful statistics, of family violence, we must also stand up and say there is no excuse.” – Dame Tariana Turia.

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