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Waitangi@Waititi

Monday, February 16, 2015

Whānau arrived in droves to West Auckland’s Hoani Waititi Marae to celebrate Waitangi@Waititi - our national day.


Babies were buckled up in their prams, with mums, dads, nannies and koro’s all carrying mats, chairs, umbrellas and anything else that they brought for what would be an epic day ahead!


An official powhiri paved the way for whānau in attendance alongside David Cunliffe and many of the local Council board members to be welcomed on to Hoani Waititi.


Once the formalities were over, it was time to start the entertainment on stage and it was fitting that Te Roopū Manutaki kick off the amazing line up of artists.


The excitement amongst the masses was electrifying and you couldn’t help but become part of the buzz!


Our kaumatua and kuia were treated to the best spot of the event, perched up on the hill where the view of the stage was full frontal! Their smiles and laughter lit up their gazebo as they bopped and boogied along to the wonderful sounds of some of the most amazing national and international artists!


Waipareira’s theme of the day, “It’s all about whānau” certainly shone from the gleaming faces of all who attended this awesome event. Roars of cheers screamed out as each artist was announced by the very comical and entertaining, dynamic duo hosts, father and son combo, Dale and Lewin Husband!


The sweet sounds of Abbie-Lee, Thomas-Rose and Hollie Smith wooed the crowd with their soulful ensemble of sound. Then it was the hard rocking sound of Jack Kaka and Mantra lifted the crowd to their feet, bopping heads and jumping to the hard rock beats. Sid Diamond got up, close and personal with the crowd, as he jumped down from the stage using the huge speakers as his performance platform! The cultural sound of Moana and the Tribe, was fitting with the kaupapa of Waitangi. Well-known local artist, Sweet & Irie, blasted the stage with their reggae sound, paving the way for a crowd favourite, JGeeks! The main attraction stormed the stage with their timeless reggae sound, The Original Wailers representing reggae king, Bob Marley, or better known to the masses as Uncle Bob! Che Fu, wrapped the day up singing many of his classics well-known by many, finishing the line up in style!


It was a very successful day, honouring the kaupapa of Waitangi amongst the thousands, leaving the question on many people’s minds. Who will next year’s Waitangi@Waititi celebrations bring?





Annual Report 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Chief Executive Officer Report

Once again prior to passing comment on this year’s Operations I pay tribute to our Kaumātua Uncle Dennis Hansen who passed away 4th September last year, he is acknowledged in last year’s Annual Report and again specifically in Page 9 of this year’s Report. We have a number of sayings in our culture one is “You do not know what you have lost until it is actually gone” and we miss this large in life elder immensely. The second saying we have is that “so long as we speak of our Ancestors that have passed on they are never dead” and so in our own cultural style whenever we start any hui not only do we express our faith we also express an acknowledgement for those that have gone on and have played a significant role in our whānau.

The stand out event for Whānau Waipareira this year was being part of the Executive of the National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) that ultimately won the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency. 

We bid for this in September 2013 and finally signed a Contract confirming that NUMA as the winning Tenderer for the provision of this Service to the North Island. 

The National Urban Māori Authority in turn contracted the Administration and the Back-Office Services to administer this Contract to Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust. We are delighted with this opportunity on many fronts. For the first time it allows us to design our own Policy and our own programmes in endeavouring to lift the performance of our populations across the whole of the North island.

Whilst the Dollar values provided to our Agency are not great in servicing 560,000 Māori and others in the North Island it presents us with a platform to build rigger integrity and credibility in all our Communities delivering Services across Health, Welfare, Education and Justice designed and delivered for us, by us and to us.

For too long too many have designed programmes for them delivered to us by them and have continued to fail. Their attempts have been well intentioned but after 3 decades this new approach has seen the light of day.

We will report on this company named Te Pou Matakana as it continues to roll out a range of services Research and Advocacy upon our behalf driven by our Communities, to our Communities and for our Communities. 

The second major achievement has been to focus on measuring and placing evidence to our Board in advancing our 25 year Strategic Plan which was launched last year. The years 2013-2018 were defined in that Plan as preparing Waipareira for the future. 

We were tasked to ensure that over this first 5 year period Waipareira will fully develop and implement its model of working with and for whānau. We were tasked to determine a high standard of Service to whānau and to develop a Workforce that was able to work within an environment that demanded constant change by them because of the constant change involving in our Communities and in our whānau. This Strategic plan set out four (4) Goals and four (4) Objectives to be achieved over this period. Firstly we have designed, developed and implemented a nationally defining IT programme, Whānau Tahi that not only allows our workers to navigate their daily whānau work contacts, it allows our Funders, our Managers, our Workers and more importantly the whānau we are working with to follow the logic behind the number of interventions we either deliver or broker on their behalf for them from External agencies.

Secondly we have enlisted the support of external workforce development specialists in teaching and supporting key capacity and competencies uplifts in our Team Leaders and Practice Leaders.

Thirdly we have sought to restructure Whānau Waipareira around all activities we have been contracted to achieve regardless of the Funder. This brings greater networking, greater productivity, greater efficiency and a common sense approach to our Frontline staff who now talk about activities they must undertake with their whānau rather than a messy number of Contract outcomes to be delivered to several different Contract Agencies.

Consequently we believe we are well in advance of meeting our 5 year commitment to future proofing our whānau workforce in the way in which they conduct themselves with mana with the whānau that we serve.

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Diploma in Whanau Ora Graduation

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Five Waipareira kaimahi are the first students in the country to graduate with a Diploma in Whanau Ora.


At Whanau Centre in Henderson, Western (Willie) Tahuri, Khadine Topia, Vivian Cope, Annette Seakins and Aunia Forsyth, received their official parchments – qualifying them as Whanau Ora Practitioners. They are the first to complete the two year Level 5 diploma.


Acquiring a tohu through the Whānau Ora Diploma allows the kaimahi acknowledgement for the mahi they do for the community.


Waipareira designed and rolled out the Whanau Ora Diploma as a pilot in September 2012. Six kaimahi from Wai-Health, Wai-Educate and Wai-Social were enrolled.


The students were presented their parchments today by National MP Alfred Ngaro.


He said the graduating students should feel proud of what they have achieved and it was an honour for him to present the parchments.


“I congratulate you on this special day and encourage you to continue along this journey,” he said.


As each student was given their parchment, whanau performed Waiata and haka to acknowledge their achievements.


Vivian Cope, who spoke on behalf of the students said their goal now was to empower whanau.


”We must offer on-going support to allow them to take ownership of their past, live to decide their present to enable them to become decision makers of their own futures,” she said.


The Whanau Ora Diploma is supported by workforce development funders, such as the Ministry of Health (MPDS).