The Whānau Ora Hui 2016 started in song with kapahaka roopu, Tū Kahikatea, welcoming us in with their beautiful waiata. Te
Pou Matakana Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait stepped up to the podium opening the hui declaring: “The current situation should
not determine whānau futures: failure is not an option.” These remarks rang true for attendees of the bi-annual hui, especially
those working frontline. With the current social landscape seeing inequality on the rise amid a housing crises and below
the poverty line minimum wages. The Whānau Ora way is more important than ever. That is, a kaupapa Māori approach to service
delivery with an outlook to whānau futures as well as short term solutions.
Throughout the hui the discussions were passionate,
and the message was strong from all angles: At the moment whānau are struggling and we need to be collectively working
together to visualize a better future. What does that mean? A whānau centric approach is key to break the chain for these
longstanding, challenging and complex issues within our communities.
While our core Waipareira whānau kept the home fires burning at whānau centre. Waipareira, as a leading Whānau Ora partner
for Te Pou Matakana, represented with the kaumātua Roopu in attendance, as well as kaimahi, to share best practices in
Whānau Ora and also acting as the backbone support for logistics running the hui...