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  • Stitching whakapapa together through quilt-making in Otautahi

    • Date: 15 August 2019

    Whakapapa and quilt making is being combined to help transform and heal whānau.

    Recently Te Puni Kōkiri supported Ngāti Porou artist Ron Te Kawa to run a whakapapa quilt workshop in Ōtautahi over two long and and very creative weekends at the Stitch-o-Mat Centre in New Brighton.

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  • Art and sisterhood bring Soul Sistas together for Matariki celebrations

    • Date: 14 August 2019

    Sisters both in spirit and by birth have joined together to celebrate Matariki in the Soul Sistas exhibition at the Arts in Oxford Gallery , North Canterbury.

    Of the nine wāhine Māori artists there are three pairs of sisters, however there is an undeniable bond of sisterhood which unites them all.

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  • Matariki celebrated by Ōtautahi community at Rehua Marae

    • Date: 14 August 2019

    Whānau and community joined together recently to enjoy a week-long celebration of Matariki at Rehua Marae in Ōtautahi.

    The focus of the celebrations was a Whānau Day attended by more than 600 whānau and members of the community which got underway with a whakatau and karakia.

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  • Housing improvements keep whānau warm and provide independence in Invercargill

    • Date: 14 August 2019

    Myra Clarke is warm, dry and safe living in her small two bedroom Invercargill home thanks to improvements from the Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network and local provider, Awarua Synergy.

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  • Murihiku Kohanga and Kura celebrate Matariki

    • Date: 13 August 2019

    Matariki has brought the kohanga reo of Murihiku, Gore and Mataura together with the region’s only kura kaupapa for the first time.

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  • Resilience and sacrifice behind papakāinga build in Taupiri

    • Date: 31 July 2019

    “Punakai had to sell his Harley and we had to move in with my parents. Building has been such a long, drawn out process, and we’ve had heaps of setbacks. But finally, after two years, we are in our own whare, on the whānau block behind the marae, ready to start our new life with our babies.”
    - Sally Waikai, Homeowner

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  • Ngāti Ruapani - Draft Deed of Mandate

    • Date: 27 July 2019

    Te Arawhiti - The Office for Māori Crown Relations invites submissions on the Ngāti Ruapani mai Waikaremoana Negotiating Group’s draft deed of mandate to negotiate the settlement of the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Ruapani.

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  • Bends of the awa bring regional manager Nancy Tuaine home

    • Date: 23 July 2019

    E rere kau ana ngā tikanga o ōku tipuna i rō i ngā riporipo, i ngā ngaru o te awa o Whanganui.

    Nancy Tuaine has been warmly welcomed home by iwi and hapū as she assumes her role as Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Manager for Te Tai Hauāuru.

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  • Tainui Tamati is proud of the taonga his whare has become, which will be a legacy for future generations. Photo by Te Rawhitiroa Bosch.

    Waikato whānau living their best life

    • Date: 16 July 2019

    Warmer, dryer, more efficient homes enable better life outcomes for ten whānau across the Waikato. We feature two of the whānau here.

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  • Māori Wardens supporting rangatahi to access higher education

    • Date: 09 July 2019

    Nearly a third of youth aged 15-24 not in education, employment or training are Māori. That includes 7,400 rangatahi Māori in the Waikato-Waiariki region. Katikati Māori Wardens are supporting local rangatahi on their learning pathway.

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  • Māori Development Minister Mahuta, Rehua kaumatua Ruawhitu Pokaia, Prime Minister Ardern and Civil Defence Minister Henare. Photo by Phil Tumataroa

    Boost for marae at the centre of communities

    • Date: 05 July 2019

    Marae around the country will benefit from boosted initiatives to upgrade their buildings, bolster their emergency kits and expand their work to preserve Māori culture, Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta said.

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  • Whangaruru residents Paerau Ted Morehu and Miriama Matene one whānau who has received housing repairs through Ki A Ora Ngāti Wai Trust

    The whisper of hope: repairing whare, restoring hauora

    • Date: 28 June 2019

    Warmer, drier homes enable better health outcomes for whānau in Te Tai Tokerau. We feature one of the whānau and the Ngātiwai community service provider.

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  • Ngāti Rangatahi Whanaunga Association - Draft Mandate Strategy

    • Date: 15 June 2019

    The Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti invites submissions on the Ngāti Rangatahi Whanaunga Association’s (the Association) draft mandate strategy.

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  • Peter Cordtz from the Commission for Financial Capability with Helen Algar. Photo by Big Mark & Co.

    Māori Housing in the spotlight at housing awards

    • Date: 11 June 2019

    The Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network was acknowledged at the recent Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing Awards where two Te Puni Kōkiri led initiatives won top awards.

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  • Mere and Ngaro Pita. Photo by Te Amokura productions

    Whānau housing repairs lead to intergenerational wellbeing

    • Date: 05 June 2019

    Four generations of the same whānau live in Karen and Moke’s two-bedroom whare.

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  • Helen and Cynthia Kiri. Photo by Adrian Heke

    Breathing new life into old whānau homes in South Auckland

    • Date: 05 June 2019

    Lifting living standards for whānau sets a platform for better intergenerational wellbeing. We feature two whānau in South Auckland.

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  • Paiheretia te Muka Tangata - improving outcomes for Māori in Corrections

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    This initiative aims to use the Whānau Ora approach to support Māori aged under 30 in the New Zealand corrections system. It aims to build and maintain strong relationships between the individual and their whanau and provide support to lower reconviction rates and the Māori prison population.

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  • $80 million to expand the Whānau Ora approach

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    This initiative aims to increase support for whānau to achieve their aspirations and lift overall wellbeing. This will be done through funding the expansion of the Whānau Ora commissioning for outcomes approach to reach more whānau. It will include an increase in the navigator workforce, targeted tamariki support, and support to build financial capability.

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  • Exploring how a whānau-centred approach can improve Māori and Pasifika wellbeing

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    This initiative will enable exploration into how a whānau-centred approach can be used to raise health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, including how to reduce avoidable hospitalisation rates, and to develop an investment proposal to test such an approach.

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  • Damon Khan (Te Arawa), former Cadet, with rangatahi at a Code Avengers Bootcamp. Photo courtesy of Code Avengers.

    Growing Māori leaders in the ICT sector

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    ICT is integrated in all sectors and rapidly advancing. Statistics show that Māori fall behind other New Zealanders when it comes to access, usage, employment and education in the ICT sector. With Māori making up less than six percent of those working in the sector, ICT still remains an unopened door of opportunities for Māori.

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  • Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the opening of the wharekai at Waipapa marae in March. Photo by Te Rawhitiroa Bosch

    $12 million over four years for whānau- led development of marae

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    As part of the Government’s approach to whānau-led development of marae, $12 million over four years has been set aside in Budget 19. This funding will expand the existing Oranga Marae programme for marae development planning and implementation. There will also be additional support for individual marae to be prepared for disaster and other emergency responses.

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  • The new wharekai at Waipapa Marae was opened in March. Photo by Te Rawhitiroa Bosch

    Ngāti Hikairo whānau open new wharekai at Waipapa Marae

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    Ngāti Hikairo in Kawhia have traversed a long journey to complete the build of their new wharekai and kāuta at Waipapa Marae. The new wharekai will provide the space to feed the people that visit their marae each year.

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  • The Maori Kitchen Cadets (Tyler, Tina, Harrison and Trey) Photo by Te Puni Kōkiri, May 2019.

    Cadets champion hāngi as New Zealand’s national food

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    Four Māori cadets have been given the wero (challenge) to prove authentic Māori hāngi as New Zealand’s national food.

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  • Māori housing to receive $40 million more

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    Māori housing will receive a further $40 million over four years from Budget 2019 to allow more whānau access to healthy, affordable, secure homes. Whānau wellbeing is at the heart of this year’s Budget announcements for Māori.

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  • Investing in the continued revitalisation of te reo Māori

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    $33.84 million over four years has been secured in Budget 2019 for the continued revitalisation of te reo Māori.

    This funding will support the aspirations of Te Whare o Te Reo Mauriora, a partnership model developed as part of Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016. This whare acknowledges that both Crown and Māori have a part to play in revitalising te reo Māori - sustainable change can only be achieved in partnership with iwi and communities. 

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  • Laurae Blake and Thailah Vlaardingerbroek have sorted their housing aspirations after attending the Sorted Kainga Ora programme.

    Sorted Kāinga Ora: Empowering whānau to realise their housing aspirations

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    Laurae Blake and her whānau have changed the way they think about money since completing the Sorted Kāinga Ora programme. The solo mother of two daughters, aged seven and 13, has spent eight weeks gaining tools to help realise her housing aspirations.

     To view the video on Sorted Kāinga Ora click here.

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  • Hawaikirangi whanau at their new Papakāinga in Heretaunga.

    Te Piringa Papakāinga the journey home

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    A beautiful new Papakāinga in the rural Māori community of Waiohiki, located 10km south of Napier is an excellent example of whānau wellbeing.

    Te Puni Kōkiri supported a whānau-centred approach by recognising the needs, strengths and diverse aspirations of this whānau to be self-determining in their desire to live in a healthy home, develop their whenua and live as a community according to kaupapa Māori.


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  • Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust Mandate Vote

    • Date: 29 May 2019

    The Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust is seeking a mandate to represent Mōkai Pātea in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown and invites the Mōkai Pātea claimant community to attend mandate voting hui throughout the country. 

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  • Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Ratification Of Post-Settlement Governance Entity

    • Date: 28 May 2019

    Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust seeks the agreement of its members to accept the proposed Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) to receive the Ngāti Rangitihi Settlement Redress once the Settlement is enacted.

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  • Helping to build a brighter future

    • Date: 24 May 2019

    Kat grew up in Auckland living the life portrayed in the movie Once Were Warriors. She experienced things children shouldn’t and these experiences have left a dark mark. She has seven children from two relationships but only two live with her. She is working with agencies including Tāmaki ki Te Tonga District Māori Wardens to build a brighter future.

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  • Induction of New Māori Wardens for Te Aroha

    • Date: 19 May 2019

    A group of locals willing to support this vision met at the Te Aroha RSA to start the process of being inducted as Māori Wardens.

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  • Rangatahi reo initiatives announced today

    • Date: 16 May 2019

    Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Māngai Pāho and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to launch a series of rangatahi-focused reo initiatives.

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  • Historic abuse in state care - Government sets out how it’ll respond to inquiry

    • Date: 08 May 2019

    The Government has agreed on a set of principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown responds to the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions.

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  • Nancy Tuaine appointed Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Manager for Te Tai Hauāuru

    • Date: 07 May 2019

    Iwi from Te Tai Hauāuru welcomed Nancy Tuaine as the new Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Manager for Te Puni Kōkiri at Whangaehu Marae, near Whanganui today.

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  • WhenuaViz upgrade an important first step

    • Date: 03 May 2019

    The launch of the upgraded WhenuaViz website marks an important milestone in the rollout of the new Whenua Māori Programme. The Whenua Māori Programme, co-led by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Justice, aims to stimulate new opportunities for whānau to realise their aspirations for Māori freehold land.

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  • Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki

    • Date: 18 April 2019

    A cheaper power bill and a sweet-smelling bathroom were the immediate positive impacts for the Goldsmith whānau after completing their housing repairs.

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  • Māori Wardens photographed at Waitangi 2019 from left to right – Louise Dovey (North Shore MW), Mary-Anne Vogt (Hikurangi MW), Paea Haurahi (North Shore MW), Haki Wihongi (North Kaipara MW), Peggy Hughes (North Shore MW).

    Māori Wardens are here to help our people on the right path to a better life

    • Date: 01 April 2019

    Joining the Māori Wardens in 1984 was a key step towards Haki becoming the kind of leader he thought his people needed.

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  • Successful visit to Chile concludes

    • Date: 27 March 2019

    This was the Minister’s first official mission to Chile following an invitation to be the keynote speaker at an indigenous women’s workshop in Santiago, where she spoke about Māori economic and social development and the leadership role that wahine Māori have played in addressing indigenous rights and interests in Aotearoa.

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  • Whānau Development Summit 2019

    • Date: 22 March 2019

    Te Puni Kōkiri will be hosting the Whānau Development Summit at Te Papa in Wellington on the 25th of March 2019.

    The Whānau Development Summit is a forum that Te Puni Kōkiri has created to promote whānau development investment and whānau centred policy across the public and philanthropic sectors.  In this respect it is sponsored jointly by the Minister of Māori Development and the Minister of Whānau Ora.

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  • Feedback welcomed on final mandate strategy for remaining Waikato-Tainui claims

    • Date: 20 March 2019

    The Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Negotiator released a final mandate strategy on 19 March 2019. Te Arawhiti are welcoming feedback now. 

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  • Rangatahi plays new virtual reality game Puni Reo Pāhekoheko - ASB Polyfest 2019.

    Virtual reality game developed to activate te reo Māori in sports

    • Date: 14 March 2019

    Puni Reo Pāhekoheko is a Māori language virtual reality game aimed at encouraging the use of te reo Māori in sports.

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  • Tikanga Māori at the heart of Te Tau Ihu fires response

    • Date: 07 March 2019

    Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta travelled to Nelson last Tuesday to meet with Te Tau Ihu iwi leaders, first responders, local council representatives and whānau involved in the Nelson/Tasman Fires.

    “I’m blessed that the team in Te Puni Kōkiri and the regional footprint have deep relationships into our communities and it has long been a ministry that has moved to the aspirations of the people and we want more of that to happen," Minister Mahuta said.

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  • Crown launches commitment to te reo Māori

    • Date: 21 February 2019

    Minister Mahuta attended Te Matatini with the Prime Minister today to launch the finalised Maihi Karauna strategy. This strategy is the Crown's commitment to revitalising te reo Māori. It will work with the Maihi Māori to help make te reo Māori accessible everywhere, every way, for everyone, everyday. 


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  • Providing a Māori perspective on wellbeing

    • Date: 12 February 2019


    Te 12 o Hui-tanguru 2019 | 12 February 2019

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  • Nelson Fire Information Page

    • Date: 11 February 2019

    If whānau are seeking more information or updates on the current Nelson Fire please use the links below or call the number provided.

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  • Waikato-Tainui remaining claims

    • Date: 05 February 2019

    The Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Negotiator released a draft mandate strategy on 1 February 2019.

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  • Investment to deliver better connected marae and communities in the regions

    • Date: 04 February 2019

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that the Government will invest $21 million to ensure even more New Zealanders in the regions can access modern and reliable digital services in their community. 

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  • Horouta Waka Hoe Club Water Babies-Midget Women at the NZ National Waka Ama Sprints. Photo credit: Mrs Walker.

    Waka ama programme promoting wellbeing for Tairāwhiti rangatahi and whānau

    • Date: 29 January 2019

    The six-week wellbeing programme provided 18 waka ama teams and their supporting whānau with nutrition, training, and wānanga activities that promoted healthy living, eco-living and cultural connectedness.

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