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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Ngaire Te Hira

Waipareira is hosting the Te Tohu Huanga Māori Business Development Series 2014: Investing in Māori business

The series features relevant kaupapa, interesting debates and informative sessions for Māori who are interested in investing in Māori business leadership.

It is being held to promote Auckland University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Māori Development) - a two-year part-time course specifically geared for Māori leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, business managers and administrators of tribal assets.

This event will start at 5.30pm, Tuesday 23 September 2014. Seating is limited so don’t wait.

Speakers will include Waipareira Pou Tikanga Whaea Ngaire Te Hira, Dr Manuka Henare and Dr Chellie Spiller - Pukenga Māori and Lecturer, Management and International Business, University of Auckland.

This is a unique opportunity to look at ways to invest in your own future as a Māori business leader. The Postgraduate Diploma in Administration (Māori Development) can help you gain a distinct competitive advantage to develop your current career or begin a new path. The Huanga Māori Development Programme is also an entry portal into other executive development programmes, including master’s study.

This event brings together a diverse range of speakers with a wealth of experience in a variety of industries. They are successful management practitioners who bring their own knowledge from a Māori perspective and who have been successful in business within their respective communities.
To register for the event, you can use the e-registration link below or email Ngaroimata.reid@auckland.ac.nz

register here

A mother’s love and battle with cancer

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A mother’s love and battle with cancer!

stephanie and david harawira

David Harawira is battling cancer. Sitting in the Mana Office with his mum Stephanie, you can immediately sense the warm whanau vibe humming throughout the underground complex in Henderson, west Auckland. Accompanying Stephanie and David is Jen, who I assumed was waiting to Hui with Stephanie but I’ll later learn is there for moral support. In the room next door is Stephanie’s tamariki and husband Tai – brother of Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira. David’s battle is still very raw for Stephanie - as if her little boy was diagnosed just yesterday. Tears rolling down her face, you can sense a very real feeling of pouri… fear… but also a mother’s love for her boy. Stephanie and David talk to Kelly Pohatu about their journey.

Stephanie Harawira and her son David embrace and celebrate each day as if it’s his last.

David (13)  was in his second year at Liston Boys’ College, west Auckland, when his routine changed dramatically.

That’s was in October, 2013 when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).

It’s been 10 months since David complained of a swollen neck and Stephanie took him to the doctor. David was sent home with antibiotics, for what appeared to be the flu.

But when his condition worsened, Stephanie took him back to the GP and they carried out a full range of blood tests. With no explanation, they were sent to Auckland Children’s Hospital Starship for even more tests.

“We were frustrated and I was infuriated because no one could tell us what was wrong with my boy. We were left in limbo for about a month,” Stephanie said.

When the news finally came, it was not good. David was diagnosed with an acute form of leukaemia (cancer of white blood cells), caused by an overproduction of cancerous immature white blood cells known as lymphoblasts.

David admits he was scared when told he had cancer.

“I didn’t know what it was and had never heard about it before. But I knew it was serious,” said David, who has an 80% chance of beating the cancer.

For Stephanie, its that high percentage of survival that keeps her going.

“We’re taking 80% and running with it," Stephanie said. “People have lived to tell the tale of their battle with cancer, so we remain positive.”

Stephanie’s passion has always been her whanau and community. A mum of five, Stephanie’s work has been recognised with a Local Hero award and she was also a New Zealander of the Year finalist. She is a Justice of the Peace and a marriage celebrant, and an executive member of Ezekiel 33 Trust and Ngapuhi ki Waitemata Takiwa. She’s an administrator of the New Zealand Maori Council and a member of Hau Wairua. She also happens to be the Secretary of the Waipareira Trust Board.

David’s challenge has meant a change of lifestyle for Stephanie as well. From being an active mum in the community, most of her time and energy is now focussed on David’s care and wellbeing.

“David can have a seizure at anytime, so he needs around-the-clock supervision,” Stephanie said.

“He’s also at risk of getting quite ill if he caught a cough, so we remain quite isolated from the world, to protect him.

“No more hui for me!” she laughs. “Well, not as often I used to attend our community Hui anyhow.”

David receives chemotherapy, so he and his mum make regular trips to Starship.

“It can be painful sometimes and I will always get tired after going through chemo,” David said.

Stephanie admitted she and her whanau initially struggled with chemo, because they felt powerless.

“We didn’t have any other treatment options for my boy and so that was a real challenge for us as a whanau,” Stephanie said.

“By law, he was to receive chemotherapy treatment. And this made me angry!”

David is taking a break from school while he undergoes treatment, but plans to return next year.

“I want to be an architect one day because that’s my passion,” David explains.

David has one more cycle to complete the 12 months of intense chemotherapy. He will then have three years of maintenance, which involves monitoring and smaller doses of chemotherapy.

“I miss being a normal kid, going to school and playing sport,” David said.

“But most of all I miss my friends. “

Stephanie and her whanau went through stages of emotional grief while coming to terms with David’s illness.

She said families are offered support services including counselling.

“We’ve been angry, sad, fearful but most importantly we’ve been joyful,” Stephanie said.

“We’ve come to terms with David’s cancer and it’s shown us a whole new level of love.”

She says it has made them truly grateful in life.

“It has given a whole new meaning, a different perspective in our lives!”

“We are thankful for each day so we have fun! We take him out for lunch almost every day. We go to the movies a lot, my husband tells me don’t you deny him anything,” she laughs.

“We’re grateful the chemotherapy treatment is working and we’ll continue to be there for him and each other; and of course we’ll continue to spoil him,” she laughs. “But most of all we’ll continue to love him and we’ll celebrate each and every day with him.”

“Ma te atua hei manaaki.”

Whanau Waipareira offers support to whanau who have been diagnosed with cancer, supporting them with GP and specialist visits.

The Norman’s conquest

Monday, August 18, 2014

Brad and Lance Norman

Lance and Brad Norman are the first of our Waipareira whānau to be profiled. It’s not because of the positions they hold in the organisation, but because they were the easiest targets. Lance is Director of Funding & Contracting for Outcomes, while the younger Norman Brad is Director of Business Solutions. While Lance has been mistaken as Brad’s father, one question asked of the brothers is, ‘Are you Jerry Norman’s boy?’

If you ask Lance what he does, it will take five minutes to explain where he fits within the many organisations and Boards he is part of. The same goes when you ask Brad his whakapapa (5 iwi affiliations). The lists are endless. But also endless is the mahi these two talented brother’s churn through on behalf of Whanau Waipareira.

Both were brought up on the North Shore and attended Glenfield College before going to Auckland University to gain Bachelor degrees of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Marketing. Not sure if they are copy cats but as the picture above shows, they also like to dress the same.

Lance’s CV would sit comfortably with a director of any of the top 10 companies in the country. A Senior Auditor with Ernst & Young, Financial Controller for Black & Decker NZ, Business Manager for DeVere Textiles, Business Manager and later CEO for Waiora Healthcare, Deputy CEO of Waitemata PHO, Senior Advisor for NUMA and also CEO of Hapai and the role he has with Waipareira.

Not to be outdone, Brad also has an impressive skill base having worked for Carter Holt Harvey as an assistant accountant, in London as a Treasury Accountant of Product & Controls Accountant for Europe’s leading investment bank, Finance Manager for Waiora Healthcare and now Waipareira.

But it’s their down-to-earth nature from their parents which is one of their most outstanding assets.

And being accountants, they like routine. Every Christmas growing up was with their Mum’s whānau in Matakohe (toward Dargaville) and New Years with Dad’s whānau at the top of the island (Hauhora/Rarawa).

Brad is married to Mel and they have two boys Jesse (3) and Ben (1).

But it’s not just the academic field where Brad excels.

He was a 1st XV rep with Glenfield College, North Harbour Māori Colts rep and represented Harbour and New Zealand in gymnastics and Harbour in touch rugby. Lance is married to Trish and they have four children, Jada (12), Andre (10), Marcus (8), and Luke (6).

While Lance’s sporting pedigree doesn’t quite match his younger brother - 1st 15 Glenfield College, North Harbour Maori Rugby & Touch, Massey Maulers (presidents Rugby), their commitment to Waipareira and the whanau is unwavering.

So Brad, what’s it like working with your older brother?

“It’s great. We have a good relationship ‘on and off the field’. It’s always good to have an older bro you can look up to and learn from, particularly in the professional arena but not so much in the sporting arena these days. I’m still undecided on whether being on 20 different Boards like Lance is the healthy way to go.

“Plus there is always room for a bit of whānau rivalry. I think that is one of those things that underpins being brothers! We’ve also had a couple of ‘Whānau Olympics’, where we paired up against our other cousins and that can be dangerous when we combine! Mind you, we’re talking 10+ years ago, so with us both being accountants, I think we can acknowledge that there’s been quite a bit of “depreciation”..!”

But Lance sees the rivalry differently.

“Working with your brother is good. There is no competition as I'm generally better at most things. Sometimes I let Brad run around me when we play touch rugby to build up his confidence. Likewise at work, I let him take credit for our work projects so he feels part of the team.

As for being Jerry Norman’s son?

Brad: “It’s better than being Lance Norman’s son... which some people have mistakenly thought. I guess as a son, you take pride in the accomplishments of your parents, and with a father like we have to look up to and still learn from we can only be proud. We also need to acknowledge our mother Fay who has done so much for the Māori and Pasifika communities where she has taught for over 35 year and just hope that they will be as equally as proud of us in our respective journeys.

Lance: It's good having me as a son. Quite often I am introduced as Jerry's son or Brad’s brother. Some Kaimahi thought I was Brad’s dad. I had to raise a QIF on the last one, but its good working with and for Whanau.”