New report from Te Puni Kōkiri – Understanding whānau-centred approaches

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Te Puni Kōkiri report on Whanau Ora (2010-2016) focused on strengthening provider capability to design and deliver whanau centered approaches. Click here to access this report The following is an excerpt from their Executive Summary: The terms ‘Whānau Ora approach’ and ‘whānau-centred approach’ refer to a culturally grounded, holistic approach focused on improving the wellbeing of whānau [ Continue Reading ]

Participatory Leadership Facilitation and Evaluation Workshop Series

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Join Rita S Fierro, Ph.D and Kataraina Pipi for a day of experiential learning. Learn how engagement processes can be combined with evaluation knowledge for original data collection, increased community contributions, and productive and well-documented conversations. Rita S. Fierro, Ph.D. is a social researcher, program evaluator, organizational development consultant, activist, and trainer who [ Continue Reading ]

Extra Budget support for Whānau Ora navigators

Budget 2014 commits new operating funding of $15 million over three years from 2015/16 for the Whānau Ora navigators’ work with whānau and families, Whānau Ora Minister Tariana Turia says. The extra funding will help whānau and their engagement in a range of services. “The navigators, who support engagement with whānau and families to achieve their goals, have been crucial in helping [ Continue Reading ]

Whānau Ora Commissioning agencies


Whānau Ora Commissioning agencies:          Te Pou Matakana for North Island whānau,         Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu for South Island whānau          Pasifika Futures for Pasifika families. Te Puni Kōkiri has led the procurement process with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Treasury and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs. Te Putahitanga [ Continue Reading ]

Publications discuss future of families in the International Year of the Family

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Families are the corner stone of society, their futures are critical to us all. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is honoured to have published two prestigious publications providing perspectives, insights and research to ensure the health and wellbeing of families in future. Contributing to the 20th  Anniversary celebrations of the International Year of the Family (IYF) is a major UN landmark [ Continue Reading ]

Ora Nui- Special Edition 2014


‘A collaboration with the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network, this special edition of Ora Nui celebrates the indigenous identities of the Antipodes.’ The second edition of New Zealand’s Māori literary journal Ora Nui showcases a range of poetry, prose and short fiction from the Indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Read new work from 50 Maori and Aboriginal writers [ Continue Reading ]


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The grounding of the MV Rena on Ōtāiti, 5 October 2011, had significant environmental impacts that were experienced in anthropocentric terms as impacts upon social, economic and cultural well-being. The Rena Long-term Environmental Recovery Plan goal is to “restore the mauri of the affected environment to its pre-Rena state”. The stated goal of mauri restoration is significant as this positions [ Continue Reading ]

Publication: Delivering Social Services Every Day

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Social services are working more and more collaboratively to deliver services to New Zealanders. This occurs throughout the sector, from frontline NGOs delivering services on behalf of multiple agencies, all the way to agencies and Ministries in Wellington working together to find new solutions. This is based on the recognition that addressing complex social issues is rarely the responsibility [ Continue Reading ]

Funding for Māori Centre of Research Excellence


A Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) will be funded as part of the Government’s increased investment in research excellence, Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples and Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Tariana Turia say. Vote Tertiary Education provides about $5 million a year to establish a Māori-focused CoRE. This will start on 1 January 2016, when the [ Continue Reading ]

Clark Tuagalu on Reciprocity


Researchers must ensure that the research process should be equal and balanced in the exchange and interaction of gifts, goods and services (HRC, 2004). For instance, researchers could provide opportunities for the participants to increase their knowledge about a subject being researched. Reimbursing the costs of participation in research is another example of demonstrating reciprocity, such as a [ Continue Reading ]