‘Judge [X] looked at the young man from the bench and said “I have been seeing you come before me for years and although I said that you would be looking at yet another jail term, I can see from the planning that you have done with Whānau Ora, that you have changed some things”.’

Last month, Rehua Marae was rocking with mass laughter, stories to bring a tear or two, presentations, waiata, and the buzz of busy minds as the team of Whānau Ora navigators from across Te Waipounamu came together for a two-day wānanga. [Read more…]

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 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…]