Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the South Island Commissioning agency was formally launched at six whānau event days held simultaneously throughout the rohe on Saturday 26 July, at Murihiku, Ōtākou, Tai Poutini, Whakatū, Wairau and Ōtautahi. The day was designed to be a celebration with whānau.

The six Te Pūtahitanga whānau days were designed to:

  • promote and build awareness of Te Putahitanga
  • launch the DVD and new website www.tepūtahitanga.org
  • grow registrations of interest for our database
  • promote applications for funding opening 1 August and closing 1 September
  • engage directly with whānau
  • bring whānau together for a celebration

Fine weather on the day resulted in over 3000 whānui attending the events. There was an array of entertainment. We had over 11 Kapa haka rōpū perform at our launch events across Te Waipounamu. They came from Te Ahikaroa and Te Pao a Tahu, two of our Te Matatini qualifiers from Waitaha, from tamariki rōpū Omaka Juniors in Wairau and Te Rōpū o Murihiku Kapa Kaumūtua.

This really reflected the generations who represented and participated in our day. There were taiaha displays, traditional games and dance competitions – all providing a huge range of entertainment; plus games and fun for the whānau to either watch or participate in. In addition there were awesome whānau kaikōrero from whānau members who had their own businesses to those who now have better wellbeing outcomes.

Minister Tariana Turia attended the Ōtautahi launch. Minister Turia arrived at 10am and left at 1.30pm, so participated in a large part of our day. The highlight was her lunchtime address at Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae, to over 400 whānau.

“In effect what you are doing is encouraging people to believe in their ideas. You are investing in the most powerful opportunities to back your whānau to create the change they seek. I am so excited by what you are intending to do here. The clear, principled way in which you have planned for whānau transformation fills me with pride, with hope and delight. Quite simply you’ve got it. You’ve got what it takes to inspire whānau to be bold, to be courageous. You’ve got what it takes to support whānau to see their own ideas through to fruition.”

“I can’t wait to see what will come out of your determination, within Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to focus on boosting whānau well-being through fostering innovation by whānau, entrepreneurs and providers to provide the solutions and opportunities our communities are looking for. I have to tell you, this is exactly what I hoped commissioning would achieve.”

The turnout and presence of whānau at all events surpassed our expectations. The huge range of fun activities made the day one to remember for all who attended. The six launches were a huge undertaking in a short amount of time but it demonstrated the ability to mobilise communities from each of the areas.

The success of each launch event requires acknowledgement to our directors, Te Taumata representatives and iwi partners in each rohe, who activated networks, resources and whānau to make the launch celebrations a real success within each region. Applications for funding close on 1 September 2014. For more information go to www.teputahitanga.org

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