Te Anga Mua – the Whānau Ora Research Seminar was held in Wellington on Friday 23 November 2012 at the newly-opened Wharewaka on Wellington’s waterfront. The theme of the Seminar was Whānau Stories. Its aim was to present ‘real-life’ stories about whānau who are moving to a better space in their lives with the help of Whānau Ora, as well as presenting some of the research approaches that support them, in order to share this knowledge with the Whānau Ora sector.
‘Listening to Whānau presenting their stories by using PATH – they were real – made the hair on my neck stand up’ – Audience member
‘It confirmed my hope that that whānau whānaui infrastructure was becoming a real part of the social responsibilites of government and that Maori had been able to find pathways within which to step forward into a hopeful and fulfilling future.’ – Audience member
‘Everything I heard on the day was such an upliftment for my spiritual wellbeing. My sister and I were buzzing for days after the Whānau Ora hui – amazing people, amazing korero.’ – Audience member
‘I got to learn more about what Whānau Ora was actually all about, how it was being operated, who was involved, what could be achieved through it.’ – Audience member
The Seminar featured a number of speakers and workshops including:
Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon. Tariana Turia
Launch of Whānau Ora Research Website
The Minister launched the Whānau Ora Research website, expressing her hope that it would be about sharing tools and experiences, and whānau stories.
“Today is about the stories that are the springboard for our success… This is about our survival, on our terms.” Whānau Ora is about success driven by whānau, for whānau, and it’s about bringing comfort, security and care to whānau.
Professor Sir Mason Durie
IN his address, Professor Sir Mason Durie described how outcomes for whānau will be about when we come back to this place in 2037 and see what difference we’ve made, as we can “get a better picture of what’s happened in a generation… Whānau is about generations.” And Whānau Ora is about looking back and planning for future generations.
We can’t ignore the problems, but neither should we be blinded by them. Measurement is therefore about the reduction of adversity and the improvement in whānau achievement.
Download Sir Mason Durie’s Keynote Address Presentation Slides .PDF 741 kB
One of the highlights of the Te Anga Mua Seminar were the whānau stories that were featured.
Kim Whaanga Kipa and Kipa Whānau, Palmerston North
A Whānau Recovery Story
Kim gave us a korero about using the PATH planning process introduced to them by Kataraina Pipi. Graphics used in the PATH mean that whānau don’t have to be able to read or write to be involved in the planning. The kaupapa of the whānau planning is whānau being able to dream. This was an opportunity to try something different. Each of eight Whānau did their own PATH and then they did a collective one.
“A big part of it was giving ourselves permission to dream.”
Chatham Islands Whānau
Tawnee talked about her life before her involvement in Whānau Ora – a life of “drugs, chaos and lies”. Whānau Ora and the facilitator have enabled her to plan and for the first time in a long time to dream. Most importantly it has strengthened the bonds between her and her children.
Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri a muri ake nei – Planning For The Next Generation
Planning has given the whānau of Moana-o-Hinerangi the rare opportunity to all be in one room, at the one time. Technology is important for this – virtual hui. They’ve been planning for past 18 months now, and its about creating the best future for their mokopuna.
Some of the key presentations of the day included:
Trish Young and Tracey Wright-Tāwha, Invercargill
Te Poha Oranga – A Kaupapa Māori Service Model
Trish and Tracey represent two Māori providers wanting to deliver services to whānau who were wanting a one-stop shop. They offer different services (health and social services), and deliver a community nursing service together. The Poha model they use is about autonomy and whānau making their own decisions. “Aroha must be at the centre of everything.”
Hera Edwards, Whaiora Trust, Masterton
A Whānau Ora Assessment Tool
Hera set out to cover the who, what, how and when of the Tool for assessing cardiovascular risk among whānau. It was important in developing their model of care that whānau were in the middle. The Kia Rite Kia Ora Model of Care was therefore developed. The learnings Hera presented were about whānau being motivated to change, and the service providers building a relationship with whānau and listening to them.
Ruth To’omua, The Pasifika Way
The Pacific Way to good community and whānau-based research
Ruth’s background is in education and literacy. Her presentation highlighted that the Pasifika way is driven by the love of family, relationships, and the desire for things to always be better. She talked about her father’s comb and the value of it in understanding research and “knowing why you do the things you do.”