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Our Whānau Ora Stories

Since 2010, the Whānau Ora kaupapa has been life-changing for thousands of men, women and children. Hear what whānau and families have to say.

  • Having the time of my life

    • Date: 21 December 2016

    At a Whānau Ora 'Measuring What Matters' conference in Auckland, numerous stories were told of whānau successfully designing their own solutions to issues affecting their health and wellbeing. The stories showed Whānau Ora in action! Here is Laddy's story.

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  • Home repairs make life easier for Chatham Islands Resident

    • Date: 31 August 2016

    Life is much easier for Chatham Islands woman Joan Hough, now that she has an affordable and reliable power supply and access to water.

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  • Photo credit: Te Arawa Whānau Ora.

    Whānau Ora - Tane Takitu Ake set for new intakes

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    “Tane Takitu Ake” which means “to stand up together as men” is the focus of this innovative programme. It’s aim is to support Māori men helping other Māori men with high health and social needs to realise their full potential.

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  • Photo credit: Te Arawa Whānau Ora

    Whānau Ora - Creating a path to independence

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    When choosing a path in life, sometimes it’s not one big step you need to focus on, but the series of small incremental ones that lead you to your destination. For Sherina, mum to 5 young tamariki, that big step was moving to Rotorua but the small incremental step was developing her Whānau Plan.

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  • Whānau Ora - Pā Ora, Pā Wānanga at Omaka Marae

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Whānau of Omaka Marae in Blenheim believe in the whakatauki ‘He tangata akona ki te marae, tū ki te ao, tau ana’. If a person is well connected to their marae they will learn all the values and principles needed to participate in the global village with confidence.

     

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  • Jade hands out fresh kai from her Kākano Cafe menu at the opening function.

    Whānau Ora - Café and Cookery School opens

    • Date: 24 February 2016

    Jade Temepara has waited a long time to realise her whānau dream of opening a café and cookery school based on healthy organic living and traditional Māori foods. Now that dream is a reality and Kākano Café is open in central Christchurch

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  • Whānau Ora - Reo Pēpi pukapuka

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Two Ngāi Tahu hākui from Ōtākou have collaborated to create a series of beautiful children's books with hand drawn images featuring both English and Te Reo Māori.

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  • Whānau Ora supports USO Bike Ride initiative

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    USO riders aim is to cycle the length of New Zealand as a challenge to the Māori and Pacific community to focus on Cancer awareness, regular health checks, and lifestyle management throughout all ages.

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  • How the “Ania’s” got their way

    • Published on: 27 January 2016

    In 2015 Minister Flavell announced an annual budget of $14.491 million set aside specifically to assist with Māori Housing.

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    • From Kōkiri 33 Raumati 2016
  • Strengthening connections for farming whānau

    • Published on: 27 January 2016

    The Whānau Ora commissioning agency in the South Island, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, invests in a wide variety of initiatives that build sustainable whānau capability. Through programmes like Whenua Kura, Te Pūtahitanga encourages investment in whānau development with a particular focus on the farming sector and bringing whānau back to the land.

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    • From Kōkiri 33 Raumati 2016
  • One Community, Two Schools, 300 Whānau - Kaiti School and Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri

    • Date: 30 November 2015

    When Kāiti School and Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri identified low whānau engagement as a barrier to education achievement for their tamariki, they evaluated their mahi and investigated various models for whānau engagement – resulting in a hugely successful collaborative approach.

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  • At 58 years old, Barbie Tepnia, a mother to 5 grown children and a nanny to 12 beautiful mokopuna, knew that she was simply too young to submit to the cancer that had invaded her body. Sadly, to focus on her tinana Whaea Barbie had to leave the mahi she was so passionate about.

    Living life to the fullest

    • Date: 30 November 2015

    “I was working at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao when I got my Breast Cancer diagnosis. The whole process was traumatic and it took a huge toll on my body.  It was brutal and I was exhausted but it was during that time I realised what a taonga our health is and I wanted to fight for mine”, explains Barbie.

    Instead of being held captive by fear and pain, Barbie decided to take control of her health and wellbeing. This new focus meant Barbie began to think about the steps she would take to build the strength she needed to battle her disease.

     

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  • Rotorua man Victa Wilson feels like anything is possible after completing the Tane Takitu Ake programme run by Korowai Aroha reports Bridie Watson from the Rotorua Daily Post.

    Health course ‘changed my life’ – A Te Arawa Whānau Ora Story

    • Date: 30 November 2015

    Rotorua man Victa Wilson feels like anything is possible after completing the Tane Takitu Ake programme run by Korowai Aroha.

     Mr Wilson, 47, recently graduated from the 10-week programme and was one of six participants who committed themselves to enhancing their health through exercise and nutritional advice.”I am just happy and it’s given me a springboard to help myself and help others”, Mr Wilson explained.

     

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