Mihi from the Chair

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Unuhia, unuhia.

Unuhia ki te uru tapu nui o Tāne.

Kia wātea, kia māmā, te ngākau, te tinana, te wairua, i te ara takatā

Koia rā e Rongo, e whakairia ake

Kia wātea, kia wātea, ae rā, kua wātea

Tīhei mauri ora!

Draw on draw on

Draw on the supreme sacredness of Tane

Clear and free the heart, the body and our spirit

Indeed peace rest upon us

Be clear, be clear, yes, be clear, we are prepared

I sneeze, behold, the breath of life!

Ngā mihi nui

Since the implementation of the inquiry ‘He Ara Oranga’, Te Kete Pounamu has found the need to increase its capacity. Te Kete Pounamu sent out expressions of interest to all whānau who have lived experience, locally, regionally and nationally. There was a large number of applicants from which we selected five new members to join our rōpū.

The whakatau for our members was held on Saturday 30th November 2019 at Te Rau Ora Offices, ki Tāmaki Makaurau. We were joined by the Pouwhakahaere Matua (Chief Executive) of Te Rau Ora, Dr. Maria Baker in welcoming our new members and their whānau onboard Te Kete Pounamu. We look forward to moving into the new year in ensuring the voices of Māori whānau with lived experience are heard at all levels.

Ehara taku toa, i te toa taki tahi, engari taku toa, he toa taki tini.

“My strength is not the strength of one warrior, my strength lies in the strength of those that surround me.

Unity is strength.”

 

Wi Te Tau Huata

Chair, Te Kete Pounamu