Kōkiri – Hui-tanguru 2014

Issue 30

February 2014

In this Kōkiri edition, follow our journey reflecting the literal meaning of our name Te Puni Kōkiri – a group moving forward together.


  • From The Chief Executive – Michelle Hippolite

    I runga i te hōnore, te korōria ki te atua. Te maungārongo ki runga i te whenua. He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa. Tēnā tātou katoa Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi (King Tawhiao).

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From the Minister of Māori Affairs

  • Ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa

    Welcome to 2014. As this new year is dawning, I expect that many of us have been filled with the joy that comes with spending time with our whānau, with celebrating our relationships, or simply, taking a reprieve from the business that consumes us for most of the year.

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From the Associate Minister of Māori Affairs

  • Christopher Finlayson, Associate Minister of Māori Affairs

    The last year was a busy one for me as Associate Minister of Māori Affairs, and as Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. I don’t expect 2014 to be any different. There is much to be done.

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From the Minister for Whānau Ora

  • Future focus for Whānau Ora

    Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari taku toa he toa takitini The strength is not of the individual, but of the collective

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Oranga Whānau

  • Champions of change

    Whānau Ora Champions Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams, Pati Umaga, Brendon Pongia and Piri Rurawhe are promoting the Government’s reforms as part of the transition to a NGO commissioning model.

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  • Whānau plan for the future

    A young south Auckland family credit Whānau Ora for a new outlook on life.

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  • House of Hope

    A Pacific aiga (family) unable to care for their severely disabled adult son now have a pathway to support his return home thanks to Whānau Ora.

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  • Free at Last...

    A Waikato woman in and out of prison every year for 20 years is breaking the cycle with the help of Whānau Ora.

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  • Stepping UP’, whānau!

    A Whānau Ora provider collective is transforming the livelihoods of Bay of Plenty families through a ground-breaking pilot.

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  • Initiative with employers commended for helping Māori get jobs

    The Te Puni Kōkiri cadetships initiative has received positive recognition from the Government for helping hundreds of Māori get work experience and jobs.

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  • 2013 Census QuickStats about Māori

    Ngāpuhi remains the largest iwi for people of Māori descent; nearly a quarter of all Māori live in the Auckland region; and over a fifth of Māori can hold a conversation in te reo Māori.

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Ngā Rohe

  • Te Taitokerau: Growing māori education success in the north

    In just seven years, a Te Puni Kōkiri Te Taitokerau investment in a carpentry programme for 10 Northland College students has grown into a Māori Trades Academy catering for just over 200 students from nine schools across Northland. And those numbers are set to increase in 2014 to 12 schools plus NorthTec and 240 funded places.

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  • Tāmaki Makaurau: Harvesting relationships through māra kai

    Not only has the Waatea Marae māra kai in Māngere started harvesting its produce but it has also proven to be a catalyst for diverse relationships.

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  • Waikato: Inaugural Māori MBA graduates: a new resource for Māori

    The Inaugural Graduation of the Waikato-Tainui Endowed College Master of Business Administration last November will have direct and indirect benefits for Māori across the motu, says Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Director Gail Campbell.

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  • Te Moana a Toi: The Māori women’s leadership summit

    At the Māori Women’s Leadership Summit in Wellington in December, the Federation of Māori Authorities announced a new award aimed at Māori women leaders in business. The award is backed by Westpac and will be given at the Māori Business Awards in Napier in May.

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  • Te Tairāwhiti: Big dreams in Te Tairāwhiti

    They live in one of the most isolated geographical regions in the country, but that doesn’t mean the rangatahi should be denied the kind of opportunities that city kids often take for granted.

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  • Te Arawa: Skating towards his dream

    In pursuit of a girl, a teenage Dammon Paul went ice skating. In his first attempt, he knocked himself out. In his second attempt, he skated straight into a wall and busted his shoulder. In his third attempt, he skated backwards and knocked himself out again.

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  • Takitimu: Called by our taonga

    When 40 Māori working in museums and galleries around Aotearoa New Zealand gathered in Hawkes Bay for the Kāhui Kaitiaki Hui they brought their rourou of research and mahi to share.

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  • Te Tai Hauāuru: Civil defence

    Late last year – unbeknown to the rest of the country – Mt Taranaki exploded in a major civil defence exercise to test the region preparedness to cope in an emergency.

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  • Te Whanganui ā Tara: Restorative justice panel

    Thirty years ago Neville Baker, Chairman of Te Rūnanganui o Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o Te Ika, was involved in producing a report to government that recommended a new way of engaging with Māori who ended up “in the system”.

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  • Te Waipounamu: Making a splash

    The mid 1980s and Huia Mikara was ‘parent-helping’ when older members of his group observed smaller, much younger, children swimming lengths of the 50 metre pool. Buoyed by this sight they decided they too could swim a length.

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  • You make a difference to Maori boys’ success ̈

    NCEA – the National Certificate of Education, is still a mystery to many of us, but researcher Lisa Davies has a message for whānau who want to help their rangatahi achieve well.

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  • Following the Footsteps of Rewi Alley (1897 – 1987)

    Rewi Alley: The incredible story of a boy from the Canterbury foothills who helped drive the spread of education into the towns and villages of the largest nation on earth.

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  • Working together to get the best for Waikato-Tainui children

    Poukai Pēpi is an early learning initiative giving the youngest children of Waikato-Tainui the strongest start in education.

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  • Tū Rangatahi Māori Mai Young Māori entrepreneurs and scientists

    Te Puni Kōkiri celebrated rangatahi at The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge; and Young Enterprise Scheme.

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  • Young People + Film + Sustainability

    The Outlook for Someday wants us to change the way we interact with Papatūānuku, each other and our environment. It’s a big challenge summed up this way:

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  • Papakāinga - Where Dreams Come True

    Gloria Gardiner is living her dream. In September last year she moved back to her papakāinga on Rangiwaea Island; a 5 minute boat ride off the coast of Tauranga.

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  • Pukaki Papakainga

    It’s been a long and complicated journey for a Papakāinga development opening in Auckland this month. Pūkaki Ahuwhenua Chair Julie Wade says– the results have been worth it.

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  • Heavy Metal

    Seaview’s industrial area at the bottom of the Wainuiomata Hill seems a world away from the British Royal Family and Hyde Park. But these worlds met back in 2006 at the unveiling of the iconic New Zealand War Memorial in London.

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  • Distilling Heaven and Earth in Te Kuiti: Maraeroa C’s Ginseng Plantation

    According to Chinese lore Ginseng is Heaven’s gift to humanity, embodying the three stars of Tautoru (Orion’s Belt): Happiness, Prosperity and Longevity. The sacred plant grows incredibly slowly so it can absorb and distil the essence of Heaven and Earth.

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  • Ngā Tohu Reo Māori Awards

    From individuals to communities, the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Language Awards 2013 held on 15th November in Gisborne acknowledged those who have shown commitment and dedication to the revitalisation of te reo Māori.

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  • Hastings Fire Brigade

    Hastings man Allan Brown walks the talk of the Fire Service’s vision- 'To work with communities to protect what they value'.

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  • Squash Champion with Big Dreams

    Scott Galloway has been playing squash for so long, that he can barely remember when he started.

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  • Māori Basketball

    Basketballer Lindsay Tait has been one of New Zealand’s most consistent performers over the last decade.

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  • Outing Gout

    Gout has not been “outed” in the media but it needs to be! A form of Arthritis, the illness is incredibly painful and debilitating. New Zealand has one of the highest Gout rates in the world while Māori and Pasifika men have the highest rates nationwide.

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  • Ahuwhenua Competition and book launch

    “Ahuwhenua – A History of Māori Farming” by Danny Keenan was launched by the Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples

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  • New Zealand Māori Council to continue unchanged

    There will be no changes made to the Māori Community Development Act 1962 in respect of the New Zealand Māori Council, but further work will be undertaken next year with key stakeholders on future arrangements for the Māori Wardens, including exploring models of establishing a stand-alone entity, Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced in December 2013.

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  • Māori Television, Ready for the Future

    MPs from across the House of Representatives demonstrated their support for Māori Television by passing the Māori Television Service Amendment Act 2013 in November last year.

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  • Proposed Māori Language Strategy

    Strengthening the focus on whānau, hapū and iwi, and consolidating Māori leadership are the key principles underpinning the proposed new Māori Language Strategy which the Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples released just before Christmas for consultation with Māori language stakeholders.

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  • Celebrating 10 Years of Te Kōnohete

    Launched in 2004 as an opportunity for Ministry of Justice staff to celebrate waiata, te reo and tikanga Māori, Te Kōnohete 2013 saw 16 kapa haka rōpū from across the public sector take part in this unique event.

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  • New website for Te Puni Kōkiri

    Te Puni Kōkiri will be launching a new website within the next few months. It will be easier to find information about the many areas of work that Te Puni Kōkiri is involved in, says Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite.

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