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  • Papakāinga: Whenua blessing in Whāingaroa marks start of construction

    • Date: 16 September 2021

    Whenua Māori near Whāingaroa (Raglan) that has been sitting idle for decades will soon be home to local Waikato whānau and bring those from afar who are yet to experience living on their ancestral whenua.

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  • Papakāinga: Bringing whānau back to Maungatautari Maunga

    • Date: 14 September 2021

    Under the gaze of Maungatautari maunga near Cambridge lies a 10-home papakāinga that has been years in the making for Ngāti Korokī Kahukura iwi.

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  • COVID-19: Drive-thru clinic sees hundreds of whānau vaccinated in Gisborne

    • Date: 13 September 2021

    As Tāmaki Makaurau continues to stay safe at home and the rest of the country moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 2, the vaccination mahi continues in Tūranga-nui-a-kiwa.

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  • Waka Kōkiri mobilised in Te Arawa vaccination effort

    • Date: 10 September 2021

    A drive-through vaccination clinic established in Rotorua last week is set to be a permanent fixture until December, with the iwi determined to get whānau protected against COVID-19.

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  • Find the best vaccine centre for you with new mapping tool

    • Date: 03 September 2021

    A new digital tool to support Māori communities get vaccinated against COVID-19 is now available as part of the “Be a doer! Karawhiua” campaign. Whānau can find the most suitable COVID-19 vaccine centre in their area.

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  • Support for Māori businesses through uncertain time

    • Date: 03 September 2021

    Minister for Māori Development Minister Jackson attended a webinar for Māori businesses hosted by NZ Māori Tourism last week to show his support during a difficult time for businesses.

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  • Te Tairāwhiti whānau pull together to keep COVID-19 out

    • Date: 03 September 2021

    A predominantly Māori community on the East Coast hopes to inspire others to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with their story of achieving community immunity.

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  • Empowering taitamariki to make informed decisions about vaccine

    • Date: 03 September 2021

    Māori-led youth organisation, Mā Te Huruhuru Charitable Trust has been empowering and educating rangatahi in Tāmaki Makaurau to make informed decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • Papakāinga benefits amplified in COVID-19 lockdown

    • Date: 03 September 2021

    Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in Waipatu Hawkes Bay, the Apatu-Wilson whānau are happy and safe spending lockdown in their whare that lies within their whānau papakāinga.

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  • Ngā Tini Whetū: Lessons Learnt

    • Date: 20 August 2021

    Ngā Tini Whetū is an innovative prototype using the Whānau Ora commissioning model to decentralise early support. AIKO, the evaluation provider, has worked with the four partners to develop an evaluation plan. The first step is the Lessons Learnt report.

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  • Drive for Māori businesses to get bid-ready

    • Date: 16 August 2021

    Māori businesses from across the motu are gathering in towns from Kerikeri to Dunedin to hear what progressive procurement is and what it might mean for them.

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  • High-tech industrial futures for Māori Cadetship leaders

    • Date: 13 August 2021

    Gisborne’s Pultron Composites is an industrial technology firm and exporter, which has found Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships to be a ‘game changer’ for business growth.

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  • Embedding Whānau Ora

    • Date: 09 August 2021

    Whānau ora continues to grow, as Te Puni Kōkiri works alongside other government agencies to invest in the kaupapa.

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  • New Frontier for Māori leadership in the public service

    • Date: 06 August 2021

    Te Puni Kōkiri has partnered with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission to deliver the first Ngā Ara Whakatupuranga- New Frontiers programme, a pathway to get NZDF Māori leaders into public sector roles.

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  • Kirikiriroa office officially opens

    • Date: 26 July 2021

    The relationship between Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples was strengthened when both Hamilton offices recently co-located. Associate Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, and Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Aupito William Sio, opened the new shared office space on July 22.

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  • New Māori Wardens Qualification to be offered next year

    • Date: 23 July 2021

    The mahi Ngā Wātene Māori do to support whānau in the community is on track to be recognised by a new tohu in mid-2022. The nationally approved qualifications  could also open doors for new career opportunities.

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  • Wardens History project underway

    • Date: 23 July 2021

    Springbok tour protests, the occupation of Bastion Point and the Queen’s visits to Waitangi. Throughout the decades, Māori Wardens have been first-hand witnesses to major events in the history of Aotearoa. However now it is the turn of Ngā Watene Māori to have their own history recorded.

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  • Paiheretia Launched in Te Tai Tokerau

    • Date: 23 July 2021

    Tāne from Northland Regional Corrections Facility (NRCF) welcomed manuhiri and challenged officials in Te Tai Tokerau at the Māori Pathways programme announcement.

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  • Conference updates Wardens on Modernisation progress

    • Date: 23 July 2021

    Over 400 Wātene Māori from around the motu gathered in Te Papaioea (Palmerston North) at the end of May for the 2021 National Māori Wardens Conference.

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  • Ngāti Toa Cadets are helping to empower their iwi

    • Date: 04 July 2021

    Ngāti Toa Rangatira have partnered with Te Puni Kōkiri to deliver a successful Cadetships programme for 38 cadets that focuses on developing the iwi and the skills of its people. 

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  • Next steps for Declaration plan on indigenous rights

    • Date: 01 July 2021

    Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has today announced the next steps in developing a national plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration).

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  • The Māori Purposes Bill 2021

    • Date: 25 June 2021

    A Māori Purposes Bill is an omnibus bill that amends one or more Acts relating to Māori Affairs or deals with authorisations, transfers, and validations in respect of Māori land and property.

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  • Re-shaping the future of Māori housing

    • Date: 24 June 2021

    Māori housing received a major boost in this year's Budget. The Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga $380 million investment allows iwi and Government to expand existing programmes and look at new models for delivering Māori housing.

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  • Te ao Māori gardening book for communities launched ahead of Matariki

    • Date: 10 June 2021

    As part of community resilience building, Te Puni Kōkiri has supported the publication of a book for whānau Māori about growing food by Dr Nick Roskruge.

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  • National Strategy Engagement: Eliminating family violence and sexual violence

    • Date: 09 June 2021

    Te Puni Kōkiri is one of 10 Government agencies working with tangata whenua and communities to create a new national strategy and action plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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  • Working their way to the top with Cadetships

    • Date: 01 June 2021

    In a smoko room in Hawkes Bay hang a series of framed staff achievements. Plenty more certificates have been proudly added to the walls of this Māori owned contracting firm in the past year, due to the Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships programme.

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  • Jessica Smith appointed Regional Director Te Tai Hauāuru

    • Date: 27 May 2021

    Jessica Smith was appointed the Regional Director of Te Tai Hauāuru in 2021, having been Acting Regional Director since October 2020.

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  • Significant boost for Māori Housing in Budget 2021

    • Date: 20 May 2021

    Ensuring Māori have access to warm, dry homes is important for health, social and economic reasons, Associate Māori Housing Minister Peeni Henare said.

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  • KiwiRail’s leadership programme just the ticket for kaimahi Māori

    • Date: 14 May 2021

    A Māori leadership course run by KiwiRail is just the ticket for both the company and its employees. It’s so successful that it has been fast tracked to become KiwiRail’s number one development programme.

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  • Shift to support both whānau and tāne in corrections system

    • Date: 12 May 2021

    Rows of barbed wire and the cold clang of gates are a stark contrast to the warmth of the people and Māori art decorating the Te Ara Māori Unit office at Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison.

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  • Māori businesses identified through NZBN option

    • Date: 12 May 2021

    More information about the Māori economy will result from businesses able to self-identify as Māori on the digital New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) register, according to Deputy Secretary Hamiora Bowkett.

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  • Be a doer! KARAWHIUA National campaign encourages Māori uptake of COVID-19 vaccine

    • Date: 08 May 2021

    In a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign launched on Mother’s Day, Ruthie a young mother who contracted the virus while she was hapū encourages whānau to inform themselves about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • Kaiarataki navigators support whānau in Corrections system

    • Date: 27 April 2021

    Building on the strengths of the whānau ora approach, a new kaiarataki navigator workforce, in partnership with Ngāti Kahungunu, will begin working with tāne at Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison and their whānau, to support them to live healthy positive lives.

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  • Te Hononga: Connecting NZ Post’s Māori leaders through Cadetships

    • Date: 21 April 2021

    NZ Post is known for connecting people with what they care about. But it’s also connecting Māori staff with their full potential thanks to a partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri.  

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  • Young whānau writing their own narrative on home ownership

    • Date: 31 March 2021

    As a young person today, Aaliyah Armstrong says you don’t have to listen too hard to hear a recurring narrative about the housing market.

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  • Te taiao (nature) inspires young Ngāti Toa hearts and minds

    • Date: 30 March 2021

    Porirua rangatahi are sitting in a class clapping each other’s achievements – one has passed their license, another’s in final year nursing, a 15-year-old’s returning to college and someone else is off to polytech.

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  • Working ‘on’ the business instead of ‘in’ it

    • Date: 16 March 2021

    ‘Making gains in the gym’ is the challenging goal set by the owners of a holistic health centre in Waikato. But the ‘new year, new you' goal isn’t just for clients, it is also for the business itself and staff. To grow into their future, the team joined up with Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships.

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  • Government supports Bros for Change

    • Date: 04 March 2021

    Dozens of rangatahi will build positive futures thanks to a major government contract awarded to the Bros for Change charitable trust, which is supported by Whānau Ora commissioning agency Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

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  • Iwi radio station grows homegrown media production

    • Date: 04 March 2021

    The South Island’s only iwi radio station has had to adapt to new ways of telling stories online, on-air and on the ground. To support the upskilling of its kaimahi, Tahu FM has reached out to the Cadetships programme run by Te Puni Kōkiri.

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  • Turuki Whānau Ora provider leads vaccine roll out

    • Date: 26 February 2021

    Staff at South Auckland Māori health provider Turuki Health Care were the first in Aotearoa to receive and administer a COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • Papakāinga hīkoi showcases whānau aspirations

    • Date: 25 February 2021

    Streams of people filed off busses, into the heat and on to the whenua of the Kurupo-Kaukau whānau in Moteo, Heretaunga. It was the third stop on the papakāinga hīkoi that showcased local papakāinga developments Te Puni Kōkiri has supported since 2015, as a warm up to the National Māori Housing Conference 2021.

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  • Fixing up the whare for a further 50 years

    • Date: 04 February 2021

    Sitting outside the house her grandfather bought more than 50 years ago, Muri Rata smiles in the morning sun.

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  • Te Ōhanga Māori contributes to wellbeing data

    • Date: 28 January 2021

    A new report on the size and scope of the Māori economy will contribute to Māori wellbeing by continuing to build the picture of Māori employment, economic activity and assets.

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  • Housing and hope in the future of Taumarunui

    • Date: 18 January 2021

    Five new emergency and transitional homes in Taumarunui are ready to welcome whānau who need a chance to find their feet again.

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