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Young at heart

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Whoever said you can’t teach an old Kaumātua new tricks obviously never tangled with Waipareira stalwart Phil Paki.

For most men Uncle Phil’s age (he won’t say exactly how old he is), sporting accomplishments are distant memories and things of the past.

But since taking up lawn bowls less than two years ago, this has kept the Waipareira Kaumātua and Board member young at heart.

If Uncle Phil is not at Hoani Waititi Marae, or the courts supporting the whānau, or the Henderson Police station, where he is also the kaumātua or at the RSA, chances are you’ll find him practising at the Oratia Bowling Club.

His dedication to training was rewarded recently when he won the Junior Singles Trophy, a category for players with less than five years’ experience. He triumphed over opponents with twice his experience. Last week at the club’s prize giving, Uncle Phil was presented with his trophy.

“I’ve always been sporty and like to be competitive, no matter what I’m doing,” Uncle Phil says. “Age should not be a barrier and I’ve certainly never let it stand in my way.”

While there’s no doubting Uncle Phil’s sporting pedigree – he played in the winning Ponsonby Ponies Rugby League team that in 1973 won all major Auckland trophies and also beat the legendary Cronulla Sharks, it’s also his competitive nature that keeps him motivated.

Whether you challenge him at lawn bowls or tiddly winks, he’s a fierce competitor and will always say ‘don’t tell me, show me.’

Add to the mix two shoulder reconstructions, a couple of knee operations, and Uncle Phil Paki could be mistaken as the $6 million Māori.

“I know there are a lot of kaumātua who just want to sit around,” Uncle Phil says.

“I’m not one of them and I like to think participating in sport, is what keeps us young.”

Ka pai Uncle Phil and congratulations on your Singles Trophy.

Spreading the Whanau Tahi gospel around the world

Thursday, May 21, 2015

If Whanau Tahi Director Steve Keung was getting paid by the kilometre, he’d be pulling in Microsoft founder Bill Gates salary.

But the thousands of kilometres travelled by Steve over the past few months is not for money but to advance the whanau and Whanau Tahi, the IT solution developed by Waipareira.

Steve’s travels have taken him to Hawaii, San Francisco, Seattle (for a meeting with Microsoft executives), Nevada, the Yukon and Canada as well as Los Angeles. That’s not including the thousands of kilometres driven throughout New Zealand. And everywhere Steve goes, he’s been sharing Whanau Tahi to like-minded companies and Indigenous organisations.

“I’m confident we are on the right track,” Steve said.

He and Waipareira CEO John Tamihere were fortunate to be part of the 21-strong high level Maori Health and Social Services delegation sponsored by Callaghan Innovation that visited the US in April. Others included New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan, Te Pou Matakana Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait and CEO of Te Kohao Health, Lady Tureiti Moxon.

“The greatest learning was that we are doing things in New Zealand that are ahead of the curve in what people are trying to do off shore,” Steve said.

“Whanau Ora and the frameworks and tools that underpin that - including Whanau Tahi - are certainly ahead of the rest of the world.

“There are solutions that are patient-centric, but the big difference with us is that they spend a lot of time reporting back to funders on how money has been spent on a particular individual, rather than on whether it is supporting the entire whanau and helping them make generational change.”

Steve said the highlight of the US trip was the presentation to the the 2015 Tribal Self Governance Conference in Nevada. It was the first time in the conference’s history that another indigenous nation was invited and presented.

“We were acknowledged at the conference as leaders in the space of Whanau Ora, whanau-centric and family directed models of care,” Steve said.

“It was a marvellous opportunity in the US with the Indigenous peoples because they also recognise culture and families’ importance to healing and wellbeing.

“They acknowledge that they too have fallen into a system focussed on the dollars and not the families.”

Steve said the presentation ‘resonated’ with the Indian tribes attending.

“There’s collaboration to be held.”

While the delegation team headed home after the conference, Steve travelled to Canada for another Whanau Tahi presentation and then back to Los Angeles.

Steve paid tribute to Callaghan Innovation for their support during the trip and their foresight.

Whanau Tahi last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Callaghan Innovation.

“Whanau Tahi is fortunate to have a partner in Callaghan Innovation,” Steve said.

Steve arrived back home this week, where he will spend a few days at home before heading, back to the US. He will link up with Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s delegation in LA in June. Waipareira Chair Raymond Hall is part of the mayoral delegation includes.

“We are working on an agreement with the City of Los Angeles and that will hopefully be in place by the time the Auckland mayoral delegation arrives,” Steve said.

For information about the US trip go to whanau tahi facebook or contact Joseph Lose on 0280007546 or email joseph.lose@waiwhanau.com

Uneducated tamariki doesn’t add up

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nancy Matana is passionate about education and wants to make sure west that Auckland tamariki are given equal learning opportunities.

The mother of two runs Waipareira’s Te Ara Puawai afterschool programme. It is for tamariki aged 6-12 years old who need extra support with numeracy and literacy.

“NZ statistics show that a lot of our tamariki, especially in West Auckland, fall below the National standards,” says Nancy of Te Arawa and Ngapuhi descent.

“We at Waipareira will strive to change this.”

The programme is run from the Waipareira Headquarters in Henderson with two daily sessions – 3.30pm-4.45pm and 5pm-6.15pm. Te Ara Puawai runs concurrent with the school terms.

“The timing of these sessions are to allow parents to get their tamariki to the programme”, says Nancy, who has been working in the education sector for over 12 years. Though most of Nancy’s career has been supporting adults, tamariki is her real passion.

“My passion has always been to help those less fortunate who may not have had opportunities to better education”, says Nancy.

Nancy began with Waipareira in 2010, before taking a short break to have her baby, returning in 2013.

She said whānau can attend the initial assessment to see how best the programme can benefit their tamariki. There is a small cost attached to the programme, “as we want to make it as accessible as possible for whānau whose tamariki are needing support.

“The cost is $15 per child, per session, very reasonable considering the high costs of other establishments running similar programmes, a small cost for your child’s education.”

The buy-in from parents is also a means of support for the children.

“The parents and whanau have got to be part of this journey for their tamariki,” Nancy says.

For further information, contact Te Whānau o Waipareira free call on 0800-924-942 and ask for Nancy.

This could be the solution your tamariki have been looking for.