By Anne Hobby, Tumuaki / General Manager
There are four Pou that underpin the work we do every day at Te Piki Oranga.
Pou Tuatahi focusses on consolidating our business structures. A recent audit for the Ministry of Health showed that we have robust governance, human resource and financial systems. We have also started the accreditation journey with the Designated Audit Agency (DAA Group) to become an accredited provider of quality services. To be strong continually we need to improve continually, so we welcome your feedback on our services. Either tell us here, or ‘kanohi ki te kanohi' with Te Piki Oranga kaimahi.
Pou Tuarua is focussed on governance. Jane duFeu is our chairperson representing Whakatū Marae, Aroha Bond - Ngāti Apā, Myra Dick - Te Korowai Trust, Keith Palmer - Te Āwhina Marae and Kereopa Ratapu, Laurie White and Cathleen Walker are independent appointed directors. Ngāti Koata have become shareholders and are yet to appoint a director. The Board has robust processes and have guided the organisation through establishment to consolidation, and recently undertook additional governance training with the NZ Institute of Directors.
Pou Tuatoru is all about the strategic vision and direction for Te Piki Oranga. Shortly we will evaluate the progress we have made towards our goals and identify what we want to change or build on for the next plan. Kia Korowaitia aku mokopuna ki te korowaitanga hauora - Tamariki Ora is our greatest priority and investment in the future. We are actively looking for ways to bring rangatahi into our service and have established two cadetships, one in AOD Whakatū and the other in administration in Wairau. Te Puni Kokiri funded a rangatahi resilience coordinator, Sheridan Duncan, who is doing some exciting work with our rangatahi. Collaboration, joint ventures and ensuring that the voice of whānau is heard is part of our success. Our communications plan works to ensure that whānau and stakeholders know who we are and what we do. Our website, e-pānui, Facebook presence and printed brochures are part of that plan.
Pou Tuawhā, focusses on developing, consolidating and enhancing the tikanga of Te Piki Oranga. Our strength lies in our people, and building a skilled Māori workforce is a priority. Everyone must have a knowledge, understanding and respect for the tikanga of local iwi and we will ensure that “te reo me ona tikanga” is embedded in our organisation and service delivery.
We are a kaupapa Māori service, based on Māori values and Te Ao Māori, a Māori world view. This is healing.