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Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu – Whānau Ora Symposium

APRIL 2019

PŪAO TE RĀ! URAMAI TE RĀ!

AS DAWN BREAKS THE SUN BEAMS THROUGH, GIVING LIGHT TO OPPORTUNITY; GIVING LIGHT TO HOPE

I was lucky enough to attend this symposium recently.

For many, it was the first time entering the Christchurch Town Hall following the long period of closure and refurbishments after being significantly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. A moving and memorable moment.

This, the fifth Whānau Ora symposium, was again an opportunity for Te Waipounamu Whānau Ora initiatives to come together and showcase their achievements; Whānau Ora Navigators to gather; as well as to provide a platform for the annual Rangatahi stream – a very important and popular component of the symposium.

The programme was full and varied, including presentations from Whānau Ora recipients showcasing initiatives, success stories and sharing the positive mahi they do; Whānau Ora Rangatira from many backgrounds and organisations working in their varied ways to support Whānau Ora stirring and challenging the audience; Ministers of Parliament expressing support for the kaupapa and promising a better future; a moving international speaker from Nez Perce, an indigenous North American peoples ; and of course, the energetic, wise and inspiring Rangatahi speakers.

After two and a half days immersed in this symposium, we left with a sense of pride and gratitude for the work Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu do- making limited resources spread as far and wide as possible, making a real difference to whānau, to Aotearoa, to the world!

I think too, we left with a sense of hope and with the responsibility to take up the challenges laid down by many of the speakers to be the light and to create the opportunities for whānau.

Jane Clark, Programme Manager

PŪAO TE RĀ! URAMAI TE RĀ!

AS DAWN BREAKS THE SUN BEAMS THROUGH,

GIVING LIGHT TO OPPORTUNITY; GIVING LIGHT TO HOPE


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Farewell Trish Young, Kaihautu CEO Awarua Whānau Services

A friend of Te Wana has retired!

Trish Young has recently retired from her position of Kaihautu, CEO at Awarua Whānau Services, Southland.

It has been a pleasure to work with Trish and we wish her all the best for her long awaited retirement. Although we wonder where we may see her pop up in the future…

Jane and Trish catching up for a farewell coffee in Invercargill February 2019.

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