When Johnno Winther, Delane Mackie and Evan Wilson were invited to a Friday night function, not one of them suspected it was to honour them.
Johnno, Delane and Evan are Waipareira's Fitness Gurus responsible for the success stories of at least 100 West Auckland members as part of Waipareira's community fitness group. We had a great surprise presentation for the boys on Friday evening with about 60 people who attended, all there to express their appreciation for the boys' aroha, commitment and support. Whānau of all ages came to Waipareira's Whānau Centre in Henderson to pay tribute through korero, kai and whakawhanaungatanga (the process of building relationships).
It was a splendid evening full of whānau love, laughter and joyous tears. Evan was unable to be there as he was celebrating his mum's 60th birthday but says he is truly overwhelmed and honoured to have been acknowledged by Waipareira's community fitness group. Johnno, Delane and Evan received beautiful taonga from the group - special displays for their walls containing 3 kete representing the 3 baskets of knowledge, to depict the wealth of knowledge and tools they have shared with the community fitness group.
Te Whānau O Waipareira acknowledges all members of the fitness programme. Thank you for sharing your respective journeys with us. We applaud your transformations and will continue to support you and your pathways to become happy and healthy whānau. Waipareira's Community fitness programme has been running for a number of years and attracts whānau from all over West Auckland.
FREE community fitness programme for all whanau of all ages,
whether you’re fit or unfit, big or small, we want you! For more info
contact Jonathan Winther: Jonathan.Winther@waiwhanau.com
Whānau Waipareira Kaumātua/Kuia Roopu like to get around.
Their latest trip was to an exhibition showcasing Māori taonga from Sir George Grey - a former Governor General's - Special Collection at the Auckland Library, Waipareira Roopu secretary Jim said it was an honour to have been part of the exhibition to embrace all the taonga which have been left behind in this realm.
Manatunga is an exhibition of rare manuscripts, early published materials, photographs, maps, drawings, newspapers and other objects, many of which have never been on public display before. “It was a very humbling experience, which all kaumātua and kuia would agree, has empowered us by lifting our wairua.”
Ka mau te wehi!
General Health Manager Airini Tukerangi
presenting award to Anahera Hare, recipient
of the overall Whānau Whānui Award.
An entourage of whānau from Waipareira and Hoani Waititi had a ball when they attended the Tāmaki Makaurau Youth Awards 2013.
As part of Atamira Māori in the City, the awards look to acknowledge leadership among rangatahi aged between 13 and 18 years of age. Established 5 years ago, the awards were originally known as the South Auckland Youth Awards but evolved to recognise rangatahi all over the motu throughout Tāmaki Makaurau.
There are 8 categories which aimed to identify youth making positive contributions within their community. Whānau Waipareira sponsored a table at the event for rangatahi in our community to attend so they could support the kaupapa. Having our tauira from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi at the awards provided great tautoko for the recipients who received awards, with a strong Haka performance.
It was a good opportunity for our young people from Waitakere to be part of the awards and hopefully they’ll strive to aim high so that they too can become recipients at the next awards. We’d like to acknowledge all tauira who came to manaaki: Taniora Tautari, Hone Paraha, Cheyzan Tautari, Berry Makaira, Hinerapa Rupuha, Piripi Houia, Anahera Pono Tutangehe, Sally Motu, Rehia Rupuha, Te Reo Iriaka Tahuri, Destiny Reuben, Te Whetumarama Peipi and Chrissy Hilton. Also nga mihi nui ki nga kaiako and Whānau Waipareira kaimahi who escorted our rangatahi: Tat Mahuru, Mukai Hura, Paula Parkin and Airini Tukerangi.
We would like to acknowledge all rangatahi who received awards and especially Anahera Hare who received the overall Whānau Whānui Award.
Tauke whānau mā!
(Western leader, 19 September 2013)
A new programme is being launched this week to get youth off the streets and back into school.
The Operation Back to School scheme is a joint initiative between Waipareira Trust's Whanau & Support Services programme, Child Youth and Family and Henderson Police. It encourages youth to attend school through organisation representatives visiting popular Henderson hotspots including Parrs Park and Westfield Shopping Centre where they tend to hang out instead of attending classes.
They will then have a chat to them to see why they're not attending and will follow up with schools or families if needed. Whanau & Support Services programme practise leader Anaru Barton says West Auckland has one of the highest truancy rates in New Zealand and it's important to have extra support offered from Henderson police officer Jason Clarke.
"It's about working with schools and the community to address the issues and talk with pupils and their families about why they're not at school. "Maybe they're dealing with something and through home visits, going to schools and checking out popular hotspots we can check out what's going on," he says.
The programme was launched this year and it's the first time youth workers and police will patrol the streets. Call Henderson police on 839 0600 if you notice any youth who should be in school.