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Published: 30 January, 2019

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Wave 9

Opening date: Monday 21 January 2019

Closing date: Sunday 10 March 2019 at 12noon


Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is pleased to announce that applications for Wave Nine ORA funding open on Monday 21 January.


Whānau Ora is about understanding ORA in its widest meaning – supporting whānau to be in charge of their destiny; to lead healthier lifestyles, to create the future they want for all our mokopuna to thrive in.


Ora also means Opportunity to Realise your Aspirations. 


All initiatives must be based within the South Island, the Chatham Islands or Stewart Island and must align with seven pou designed to achieve specific Whanau Ora outcomes, such as ‘whanau will be responsible stewards of our living and natural environment’ or ‘whānau will lead healthy lifestyles.’  


We are calling on whānau to put forward their best ideas to invest in the future of all their whānau members, so that they may flourish.


Over the past four years, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has invested in whānau initiatives that include an organic garden and cookery school; maara kai; cultural tourism; a low-cost health village and land-based initiatives. Examples include resilience approaches for whānau, Pa Kids – an afterschool te reo programme for tamariki and caregivers; Koha Kai - creating meaningful employment and education opportunities within the disability sector and Reo Pepi – beautifully illustrated bilingual books for pēpi among other storytelling initiatives that are helping to build cultural connectivity and capacity.


We encourage whānau to head along to one of our workshops across Te Waipounamu. Details for the workshops are on our events page on Facebook or our website. We will also be hosting weekly Facebook live question and answer sessions so follow us on Facebook to find out more!  


We will provide a workbook and ORA application that needs to be completed and returned to us with supporting documents by the closing date.    Keep an eye out on Facebook for updates.



All you need to know will be available on our website from Monday 21 January


*This year we’re asking for written applications to be completed on the application form that can be downloaded from our website. Applications will then need to be submitted via email, couriered or delivered to us kanohi ki te kanohi.


*Applicants have until Sunday 10 March at 12 noon to email applications.


*If you are delivering your application in person or via courier it needs to be at our office at 10 Show Place, Christchurch, by Friday 8 March at 5pm.


Wave Nine Workshop Roadshow Dates
(*Please share events near you with your networks - Facebook event links included below).










  • Motueka Community, Monday 18 February, 5.30-7pm,
    Te Awhina Marae, 133 Pā Street, Motueka



For more information:


Facebook: @teputahitanga

Freephone: 0800 187 689


Published: 30 January, 2019

Māori Education Trust 2019 Scholarship Round is Open


Māori Education Trust 2019 Scholarship Round is Open


The Māori Education Trust 2019 Scholarship Programme is open and offers scholarships to Māori secondary school and tertiary students who meet the respective scholarship’s criteria. 


The 2019 Tertiary Scholarship Programme is made up of the following scholarships:



  • Frances Irwin Hunt Art Scholarship
  • Māori Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship (New)
  • Nicholas Irwin Hunt Writing Scholarship
  • Norman Kirk Memorial Scholarship
  • Rose Hellaby Bursaries Scholarship
  • Roy Watling Mitchell Bursaries Scholarship
  • Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship
  • Sister Annie Henry Scholarship
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Scholarship



  • Eric Hall McCormick Scholarship
  • Māori Education Trust Postgraduate Scholarship:  Hapū or Iwi Development (New)
  • Māori Education Trust Postgraduate Scholarship:  STEM (new)
  • Pae Tawhiti Scholarship (to open early 2019)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Postgraduate Fellowship
  • Rangiriri and Mātene Te Whiwhi Winiata Scholarship
  • Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Roy Watling Mitchell Prestigious Professions Scholarship
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Prestigious Scholarship


Certificates, National Certificates and Diplomas:

  • Regina Rudland Memorial Scholarship


We would appreciate it if you would pass the attached flyer to your staff, students, and those within your community who would benefit from a scholarship. 


While applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at, applicants can download an application form and guideline from the site, or contact us and we will forward copies by email or post.


If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 04 586 7971,

text: 027 262 8046, or email:

Māori Education Trust 2019 Scholarship Round is Open 2019 Tertiary Scholarship Flyer2 - (297 KB Adobe Acrobat PDF file) »

Published: 30 January, 2019

Submissions open on possible changes to the family justice system

The Independent Panel considering the 2014 family justice system reforms is seeking feedback on their ideas for reform from today (23 January 2019). Submissions close on 1 March 2019.

“Following our initial round of consultations, the Panel has some suggestions for change,” says Rosslyn Noonan, Panel Chair.

“We want to hear from the people who submitted to us, from people who work in family justice services, and people who have used those services. We want their views on the proposals we are developing.

“We are open to the suggestions being challenged and there are a number of issues we are still considering. It’s therefore essential that we hear from people with a wide range of experiences across the family justice system. The final report will be strengthened by the responses we receive.”

The Panel undertook its first round of consultations between September and November 2018.

“Across New Zealand, parents, grandparents, caregivers, children and young people and their whānau told us about the difficulties they experienced in the Family Court and with related services.”

“Many of the professionals we met, or who made submissions, spoke of significant barriers to timely, fair, long-lasting resolutions to those disputes. Early evaluations of the effect of the 2014 changes and current research support these concerns,” says Ms Noonan.

The Panel considers that the Family Court and related services should work in a joined-up way that is accessible and responsive to families’ different needs.

“We envisage a network that brings together the Family Court and a range of services. This Family Justice Service, would form a korowai, a cloak for separating parents, caregivers, and whānau who need help making decisions about their children,” says Ms Noonan.

“The Service must be visible, informative, accessible, responsive, and cohesive. It should encourage and support people to agree on decisions about their children and mokopuna at the earliest time and in the least adversarial way. The Panel agrees it is in the best interests of children if arrangements for their care and decisions about them can be decided without having to go to court, which is inherently adversarial”.

Specific proposals include:

  • making targeted counselling available
  • allowing people involved in care of children disputes unrestricted representation by a lawyer
  • allowing people to make an application to the Family Court at any time and without pre-conditions
  • establishing an effective triaging system when applications are filed in court, so cases needing urgent judicial attention are referred directly to a judge for directions
  • introducing new roles to improve how the court deals with applications, and to support joined-up family justice services.

The Panel is also working, amongst others, on proposals to ensure:

  • recognition of Te Ao Maori and integration of tikanga Maori in family justice services
  • systematic accommodation of people with disabilities
  • children can take part in a meaningful way and that their voices are heard
  • strengthening children’s safety and the way family violence is dealt with.

The Panel will be submitting its final report to Justice Minister, Andrew Little in May 2019.

You can add your submission here:

Submit your views on strengthening the family justice system(external link)

More information about the Panel’s consultation document can be found here:

Family Court rewrite

Strengthening the family justice system - Q and A [PDF, 330 KB]

Published: 30 January, 2019

Ministry of Justice

In August and September 2018, the Ministry of Justice sought feedback on a draft version of information sharing guidance for the family violence sector. The guidance document seeks to clarify the rules around information sharing that are introduced under the Family Violence Act 2018.

Today, we have released the report, Sharing information safely - Summary of Feedback: Guidance on sharing personal information under the Family Violence Act 2018. A copy of the report is attached to this email, and you can access it online at:

In general, feedback on the draft guidance was positive. Many accepted that information sharing that is done well, safely and appropriately, can benefit the people the sector works with.

Many of you suggested ways the draft guidance could be improved, including ensuring it is easy to use and relevant to the sector. It was clear that the guidance should focus more on victims, ensuring that they are involved in decisions related to the sharing of their information, where it is safe to do so. These views are reflected in the summary report.

Case studies

Throughout the submission process many people recommended that we further develop and improve the case studies used in the guidance. The case studies aim to provide real-world examples of how the information sharing process could work in practice.
If you were one of the generous individuals who offered to assist us in refining these examples, or would now like to volunteer, please let us know by replying to this email by 1 February 2019. We will be in touch to discuss the process for updating the case studies.

Next steps

We are updating the information sharing guidance, drawing on the comments made during the submission process. The updated guidance will focus on enabling safe, appropriate, and consistent practice across the sector.

The new information sharing provisions will come into force on 1 July 2019. The updated final version of the guidance will be released when the new provisions come into force.

Thank you again for taking the time to make a submission.

Ministry of Justice Ministry of Justice Information sharing guidance summary of feedback FOR RELEASE - (370 KB Adobe Acrobat PDF file) »

Published: 29 January, 2019

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Wave Nine is driven by the whakatauki : Hurihia to aroaro ki te rā, tukuna to atarangi kia taka ki muri i a koe  (Turn your face to the sun and let the shadows fall behind you).

 This week’s blog takes a look around the motu – from Mapua to Otautahi, from the land of Makaawhio to Paremata – seeing how the sun shines on all our whānau in their various initiatives.

 Have a read!

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