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Te Puni Kōkiri - 25 Years


Bros for Change

Creating substantial change for Māori communities is essential to overcome issues for whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities which is the sole aim of the rangatahi programme, Bros for Change. Based on whakapapa and tikanga this programme creates real change for rangatahi in their community by utilising a sense of culture, identity, tikanga and values to install self-esteem, self-awareness, self-respect and self-management and role models for the future.


He Korowai Trust

He Korowai Trust has been working to create innovative housing solutions for whānau and Māori communities within Te Tai Tokerau especially in Kaitāia. The Kōhuhu papakāinga project is a dream that has been realised with the opening of 9 homes, with a plan to have up to 18 homes on the papakāinga, it most recently opened up a puna reo [early childhood centre]. He Korowai Trust also supports a 35-bed emergency accommodation unit, medical centre, community café and provide social services to whānau and Māori communities.


North Drill Limited

Only starting two years ago, North Drill Limited is providing people in Te Tai Tokerau with the opportunity to learn, grown and develop. The company which is owned by Bronson Murray (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Haua) and his wife Ida Jean (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Kahu o Torongare), utilises the concepts of whakapapa and whanaungatanga to recruit and train cadets.

In partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri through its Cadetship initiative has allowed the Māori-owned company to recruit three new employees and identify two existing employees as Māori cadets to train, mentor and provide at least six-month’s employment.


Kākano Cafe

Kākano Café is the first venture of its kind – a social enterprise café, cookery school, and is the largest central city urban farm and garden in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Kākano promotes healthy food and healthy lifestyles, and their ground breaking indigenous contemporary Māori food menu is based on local organic, and fresh ingredients. At night, the café transforms into a hub for workshops, seminars and a cooking class space. The Kākano project is all about the kaupapa of wellbeing that comes with community engagement with the land, with healthy living and knowing that you are what you eat.


Te Kaha o te Rangatahi

Partnering with Te Puni Kōkiri has allowed Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi to support rangatahi suicide prevention through the #talktome 12 week hip hop dance programme. Encouraging rangatahi to reach out and talk to their peers, to their whānau, to anybody they need support from. “We will teach the students different dance pieces that connect to different emotions, like lack of confidence, like depression, which then gives the kids a positive outlet to express these emotions,” said Choreographer, Kevin Tokoa.


My Backyard Garden Project

Te Puni Kōkiri has supported almost 100 māra kai projects in the last 12 months including the My Backyard Garden Project at the Rotorua Youth Centre. The māra kai project has helped whānau of Rotorua to provide themselves with fresh and nutritional kai, and develop the skills to grow and cultivate vegetables. A special focus has also been on increasing knowledge of traditional gardening techniques. My Backyard Garden Project expert, Te Rangikaheke Kiripatea (Ngāti Ūenukukōpako) said that the māra kai initiative has done a tremendous amount of reconnecting whānau to Papatūānuku.


Turner Whānau Papakāinga

From a Whānau Ora plan, the Turner whānau decided that what they collectively wanted was a papakāinga for their whānau. Earlier in 2017 this Ngāruawāhia based whānau realised this dream and moved into their new 8-bedroom papakāinga. Now they aspire to create a business to build financial capacity for their whānau and it is well under way with the establishment of their registered company, Turner’s Mussel Fritters, with the added support of Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Business Facilitation Service.


Te Taitokerau Māori Collective

Te Taitokerau Māori Collective is made up of 10 Māori land entities, and together they plan to replant more than 32,000 hectares of their whenua with forest. An initiative that offers business education and employment opportunities. They have an aspirational focus to develop land and create employment to sustain their people. Māori are significant contributors to Northland’s forestry industry and Northland will see tangible economic outcomes from their work.


Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae is a self-sustainable community hub right in the heart of Auckland. The Māngere based marae grows seven varieties of kumara and an array of fresh vegetables using the teachings of maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). Accompanied by growing and cooking classes, they are equipping their community to return back to the whenua for a more pure, healthier and cost-effective way of living. The team at Papatūānuku Kōkiri aspires to have all marae self-sustainable and able to grow and harvest healthy kai from their own gardens, filtering it directly into the marae kitchen.

Mahi Haumi

International Dancing Kids

Te Puni Kōkiri proudly supported these Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu and Cook Island champion dance siblings to take the number one spot from a number of other international performing artists from 55 countries around the world representing Aotearoa New Zealand on a global platform.


National Māori Netball Tournament

Te Puni Kōkiri proudly supported the 30th National Māori Netball tournament a legacy started and championed by Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora (The Māori Women’s Welfare League). The tournament attracts 50 teams from 10 regions providing 500 young wāhine Māori with the unique opportunity to compete and come together in a uniquely Māori way.

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