Last November at the Hui-ā- Iwi in Dunedin Town Hall, Tā Mark told the hui that he wanted us all to start having meaningful conversations about how we deal with violence in a Ngāi Tahu way. He suggested that he would work with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu – our Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency – to consider how our own whānau leadership can be mobilised. And so Tū Pono was born.

Tū Pono has been formed from a consortium comprising representation from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu; Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Te Whare Hauora; Te Puna Oranga and He Oranga Pounamu.

The consortium have initiated a community engagement campaign to create momentum across whānau, community, marae and papatipu rūnanga to prescribe a way forward in the family violence space.

The campaign has been particularly topical in that an Integrated Service Response pilot will start 1 July in Christchurch. The response team will bring together Police, Child, Youth and Family, Corrections, health, specialist family violence NGOs and Māori service providers. Te Pūtahitanga has been invited to sit at the governance table alongside of two representatives from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Tā Mark Solomon and Lisa Tumahai).

The next hui will be held:

  • Thursday 21 July in Blenheim
  • Tuesday 26 July in Dunedin.

The momentum has been inspirational. The hui to date have focused on the prevention and elimination of harm to our whānau; leading to the aspiration to consolidate strong, healthy safe homes for all our tamariki/mokopuna/whānau to thrive.

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The countdown is on! Over 3,800 children are in rehearsal for the 30th Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival to be held at CBS Canterbury Arena from 4-7 September. Seventy groups from Canterbury – including over 50 kapa haka groups – will perform at this year’s celebration.

Te Puni Kōkiri is proud to be associated with the festival, also known as Cultural Festival 2012. Multicultural performances representing over ten cultures will be featured, together with a Visual Art Exhibition and Wearable Art Pageants. Popular MC’s Matai Smith and Sheree Waitoa will co-host the festival again.

Featured in this showcase are traditional and contemporary performances by a record 60 of Canterbury’s most accomplished primary and Intermediate schools. Seven concerts will be held over the four days.

The festival seeks to celebrate and promote cultural diversity and instil in children a sense of pride and excitement in their culture and performance. Tickets are available from Ticketek, adults $15, children 13 years and under $8. Conces sions to participant schools; service fees apply.

Cultural Festival 2012 is a great opportunity to experience an authentic, vibrant celebration of the many different cultures in Aotearoa. Don’t miss this year’s showcase! Check out for more information.