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…]

On 26-28 May we had the marae pumping with about 40 tamariki excited to re-connect with friends and whānau at the start of their three-day hui.

Tuia Te Tai Poutini is a locally-based programme that works alongside West Coast schools to support and encourage senior Māori students. The aim of the programme is to promote a positive sense of self-worth and cultural identity as Māori, as well as improving achievement in NCEA to ensure students make the most of the opportunities available to them. We are looking forward to seeing all your faces again in the near future. [Read more…]