Kāi Tahu ki Otago Ltd/ trading as Tūmai Ora Whānau Services has long had a mantra that motivates and mobilises their whānau to believe in themselves and make the change they need to see in their lives. That mantra is ‘in growing kai, we are also growing whānau’. Their recent project for transformation is called Ruia. It is an initiative developed to engage whānau in Ōāmaru and raise the profile and activity at Te Whare Koa Marae.

The intent of Ruia is to grow relationships by producing healthy kai and healthy whānau within their community. Of course words are not enough on their own. The hard work has gone in to not just establishing a māra kai at Te Whare Koa Marae but also to put the work into consultation to ensure the benefits are available to all. [Read more…]

A new project that explores what’s important to Māori with disabilities and their whānau has been supported by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.

Hei Whakapiki Mauri is free for all Māori with disabilities and their whānau in Christchurch and Canterbury. The concept is to bring together disabled Māori, whānau and support people to kōrero about what was important to them.  Seven workshops will take place before the end of the first term in 2017. A larger hui will be held during the April school holidays, 14-30 April, to showcase what has been achieved. [Read more…]

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was proud to attend a community hui, held by Awarua Research and Development, to share their progress on Whānau Ora ki Awarua. Te Rūnaka o Awarua has supported these developments to be led by the next generation of Awarua whānau, in an effort to support succession planning for Awarua.

The Whānau Ora initiative being pioneered by Awarua has eight long term goals: [Read more…]

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was delighted to recently host Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, the Minister for Whānau Ora, to launch the video promoting the 1000 Days Trust.

1000 Days Trust is an Invercargill based initiative supported by Te Pūtahitanga to invest in the role of mothers, fathers and whānau to help babies thrive. Based in Murihiku, the vision of 1000 Days Trust is for every parent in Southland to cherish the parent-child relationship that buffers a child from adversity and builds resilience. [Read more…]

On 23 February Kākano Café and Cookery School opened at 100 Peterborough Street in Christchurch – a first of its kind. Funded primarily by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island, Kākano Café and Cookery School is proudly whānau focused – whānau learning, whānau benefitting from healthy lifestyles and whānau living sustainably off the land. [Read more…]