The South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is not sitting in its Christchurch office waiting for action, it’s taking to the highways on a regular basis engaging with people and spreading the word about the innovative nature of Whānau Ora and what is being achieved with public funding.

In August, the entire team of 13, the majority whom are normally based in Christchurch, immersed itself in Murihiku, travelling the highways from Queenstown and Dunedin to Hokonui, Awarua and Waihōpai. For Te Pūtahitanga Chief Executive, Helen Leahy it was an opportunity to build on the staff hīkoi to Te Tau Ihu (Picton, Nelson, Blenheim) early in 2016. [Read more…]

In wave three of the Whānau Ora commissioning of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, a specific fund was introduced targeted at increasing the health and wellbeing through a medium of physical and cultural activity. The intent of the ‘Move our Motu’ event held in early May was to bring together stakeholders to encourage collaboration and innovative ways to increase whānau physical and cultural activity. The event was focused on generating initiatives which are driven by the Whānau Ora outcomes, and in particular Pou Rua: living healthy lifestyles and Pou Whā: Whānau in Te Waipounamu are confidently participating in Te Ao Māori. [Read more…]

Te Kākano Māra Kai launched at Araiteuru Marae in Dunedin on a sunny Sunday in late September.

The overarching goals of the Māra Kai project are to advance Whānau Ora through a variety of objectives including ensuring healthy food choices are affordable, available and accessible; increasing the consumption of vegetables in the kāinga; promoting healthy eating and physical activity and reducing the impact of poor physical health and nutrition on whānau.

Along the way, the māra kai initiatives also enable an intimate connection between kai, whenua, wellbeing and connection. [Read more…]

Te Pūtahitanga had an amazing response from whānau who decided to harness the spirit of Māui-tikitiki-a Taranga and chose to submit an application. As a result we received over 201 applications in our first-ever funding round. We were so excited by the response from whānau, providers and businesses and of those applications received, 138 came from within the Ngāi Tahu rohe.

On 12-14 September, we held our inaugural Hot House event with Minister Tariana Turia in attendance.
“I was utterly blown away to learn there were 201 applications received by Te Pūtahitanga – this is tangible proof that our people are generating solutions at the flax roots, they are experimenting, experiencing, developing amazing ideas and Te Pūtahitanga is helping to bring them into life,” says Hon Tariana Turia. [Read more…]

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: [Read more…]