Whakapapa o te Pare

by Timoti Moran

Our kaiwhakairo, Timoti Moran and son Connor Moran

Our kaiwhakairo, Timoti Moran and son Connor Moran

Tena koutou
No Uawa Te tairawhiti ahau
Ko Uawa nui te Roa te awa
Ko Titirangi te maunga
Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te iwi
Me nga Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Kahungungu me rongomai wahine Ngai Tahu, Ngati Koata.
Nga Puhi, Ngati Porou, Ngati Rangi.
Ko Ngati Hinekura te hapu
Ko Hauiti te Marae
Ko Ruakapanga te whare nui
Ko Frank David Moran toku Papa
Ko Hoana Rata Kahurangi Maioha Moran nee Temepara toku Mama
Ko Timoti Edward Knight ahau
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena katou katoa

Te Pare

This pare is carved in Totara that was gathered by my son and I from the Wairoa Gorge in 2003. These Totara were cut down after WWII when the NZ government created the forestry service to provide work for returning soldiers. Vast swathes of native forested areas were felled and pine trees were planted in their place. The native rakau was simply left to rot between the pine tree plantations. The Totara of this pare was around 800 years old when it was felled.

Te kanohi are made from hydro-grossular garnet (Kapakara). Garnet was used by our tupuna as a hammer stone for flaking argillite and was also ground into a dust to be used as a cutting medium for slicing pounamu. Garnet was one of the two stones that Tane Mahuta brought down from the tenth heaven, with the baskets of knowledge from Io.


Te Patu is made from Pakohe. Pakohe was used by iwi to make a variety of tools for everyday use. Pakohe is taonga o te Ngati Kuia who have been called Iwi Pakohe. Pakohe is only found in the Nelson region and a small field in southern Southland. Pakohe is a cousin to pounamu. When pounamu is present tremolite is leached from pounamu into the surrounding water ways, it then settles into low lying mud areas. After millions of years this mud is compressed and metosomitised into Pakohe(if pounamu is not present it is only compressed mud). This blue pakohe was gathered from the Serpentine tributary of Rakautara valley.

Te toki and the Iris are made from Tangiwai pounamu. Tangiwai are the tears cried by Ranginui when he was separated from Papatūānuku. These tears fall in only two places in the Te Wai Pounamu, high up in the Milford sounds and high up in the Kahurangi national park. Kahurangi and Milford sounds, with their high rainfall and low cloud, are the only two areas of Aotearoa that Ranginui and Papatūānuku can still be close. As Ranginui’s tears continue to flow for the loss of contact with Papatūānuku they become solidified wairua in the form of Tangiwai.

The Design

This pare was designed as a welcoming, loving kaitiaki of our tamariki. His korowai is representative of the 8 iwi in Te Tau Ihu and we have incorporated a snippet of each iwi’s stairway to heaven tokotoko pattern in the korowai. The ninth iwi is included beneath the korowai. The ninth iwi is the combined descendants of all 8 iwi in Te Tau Ihu, and the past, present and future descendants of iwi who have moved into Te Tau Ihu. We used the koru to symbolise the new generations unfurling and growing into the next generation.

The journey of climbing the stairways to heaven is carried through as the maunga in the tokotoko pattern in the glassed area. This tokotoko pattern also includes the tohu and the whakapapa of Te Piki Oranga.

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The tokotoko pattern on the glass panels symbolises Te Tau Ihu and the 9 iwi that reside here. The beautiful mountains that surround Te Tau Ihu are symbolised by the 9 large maunga in the centre of the pattern. Each maunga is made up of 4 parts - The top 2 triangles represent all generations, past, present and future that have descended from each iwi. The bottom two triangles are the husband and wife, representing the male and female lines of each iwi. Both male and female sides are equal and balanced and support the top two triangles. All 9 iwi are represented as the 9 maunga, all equal, all balanced.

In between each maunga you have an inverted triangle, a clear space between the lines, representing the bays and the sounds.

The green represents the forests and parks, the blue all rivers, seas and lakes, the white the valleys, the sounds and the bays.

Whakamānawa te whare Te Piki Oranga Waimeha

by Ra Hippolite, Kaiwhakahaere Kaipakihi (Business Support Manager)

From left: Ra Hippolite, Caroline Sainty, Grayson Nepia, Brittani Beavis, Rossana Rogers, Betty Soane, Anne Hobby and Sonny Alesana

From left: Ra Hippolite, Caroline Sainty, Grayson Nepia, Brittani Beavis, Rossana Rogers, Betty Soane, Anne Hobby and Sonny Alesana

It was a dark morning on the 19th day of February when we arrived in Queen Street Waimeha at 5:15 in the morning. Thoughtfully Sonny had arrived with Aunty Hera cloaked in a yellow vest so we could find him. We were asked to wait for the karanga of the first manu which would indicate the start as the next karanga we would hear would be Aunty Hera as she called to the whare and those tangata that had turned up to tautoko.

As a rōpū we entered and rubbed some of our mauri inside the whare whilst singing waiata and karakia led by Paora Mackie. When we had all returned to inside the entrance, speeches were made by Tangata whenua and Rangatira ki te Tau Ihu. We were also blessed to have the kaiwhakairo Timoti Moran and his son Connor present. Timoti gave us his kōrero on the whakairo and kowhaiwhai pattern on the windows.We finished the speecehes with a karakia and waiata before we went back to the wharekai that was now teeming with parakuihi. Thank you to te rōpū waimeha wahine who had prepared nutritious kai so we could make ourselves and the whare noa. Tu meke Te Piki Oranga!

A big thank you also goes to Aunty Hera, Paora Mackie and the manuhiri who attended this event. We also would like to thank our landlord Network Tasman especially Kerry Haycock and Amy Chetham for choosing our organisation to lease this space and thank you also goes to PC Systems and our Project Manager, Brent Rogers of Rogers' Building Contractors for managing all our building requirements and all the subcontractors (Andrew Lawson - painter, Rob Cooper - plumber, Best & West, Rowan Dron Electrical and Ceiling & Interior Systems). Tu meke ki te mahi.

Snapshots of Stoke Youth Holiday Programmes

by Tanya Tauwhare

The Stoke Youth Holiday Programme has taken the youth to the museum, swimming at Lee Valley, Hydroslide, BBQs at the beach, mini golf, explore at Takaka caves, movies and ten pin bowling. All of them were over the moon and enjoyed every thing.

A big thanks to Fifeshire Foundation for funding all the events and to Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) for the use of their van to/from the trips.

Kaikoura Trip ... A wonderful day had by all

by Marg Crosby, Pūkenga Manāki mō ngā Koroua me ngā Kuia (Navigator - Elderly)

Children and staff at Ward School

Children and staff at Ward School

On Tuesday 11th December 2018, 55 Koroua and Kuia from Wairau & Waikawa boarded a bus at Seymour Square and traveled to Takahanga Marae in Kaikoura for the Koroua/Kuia Kirihimete (Christmas) Lunch.

First, we called in to Ward School, previously organised with the principal, Carey Huria and we provided a big morning tea to include the 43 children & staff at Ward School.  We demonstrated some Noho Pakari exercises & the children joined in, plus they entertained us with some kapa haka items. One of our kuia, Val Hale was an old pupil of the school which added a lot of interest as she is now 83 years old.

Waharoa of Maru Kaitatea

Waharoa of Maru Kaitatea

Karen Starkey met us at Clarence Bridge & gave us a great commentary of the area to Takahanga. At Takahanga we assembled at the impressive waharoa waiting for the karanga of the haukainga to begin the pōwhiri. Bev Maata-Hart, Erana Maxwell & Raria Poko were our kaikaranga and Bill Thomas represented us as the kaikōrero.

This was followed by a delicious hākari. Following our kai & thanking the ringawera profusely, we performed some Noho Pakari exercises & the Kaikoura rōpū joined in too.  There was full volume with the waiata & lots of laughter.

The wharenui Maru Kaitatea is magnificent

The wharenui Maru Kaitatea is magnificent

After leaving Takahanga we went to South Bay & Karen continued her commentary of the history, stories & all the updated information after the earthquake.  Karen got off at Clarence & we sang waiata all the way home arriving back at Seymour Square at 6pm.

Brenda travelled through to Picton in the van & picked up & dropped off a number of the rōpū. It was good having the van with us on the trip for any emergency.  Ala was also a TPO staff member on the trip. All in all-a wonderful day was had by all.

The bonding involved from this type of outing was very obvious to see and reflected in the comments of the kaumātua.  They were all very grateful for the experience and are looking forward to another year together.

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Subsequently, the feedback from Takahanga was very positive and they would now like to bring a van through to either Wairau or Waikawa to learn how to teach their kaumātua Noho Pakari. Occasionally, a number of kaumātua will travel to Blenheim to join in.

Te Piki Oranga staff who were engaged in this memorable and enjoyable event were Ala Ward, Brenda Chilvers and Margy Crosby.

CAMHS BBQ must go on despite the weather

by John Hart, Pūkenga Manāki (Whānau Navigator)

Due to the bad weather, many of the whānau that were meant to come decided not to attend our Christmas BBQ. The decision was made to go ahead as planned, with help from Viveyan, Ricky, Robyn and her husband, we managed to get the food picked up from New World and West Meats, and set up for a very tasty lunch. The whānau that were able to come were well fed and many laughs were had while playing in the light rain. Ricky Carr had a chance to meet some of the whānau that both Robyn and I work with. 

Because the turnout was slightly smaller than expected there was an excess of food of which was all donated to John’s kitchen who were setting up for their Christmas dinner the same day on Redwood Street.

Te Pataka Māori Night Market

by Vivian Tuhimata-Weke, Pūkenga Manāki (Whanau Ora Navigator)

Pūkenga Manāki Viveyan Tuhimata-Weke with the team from Bowel Screening Shaun Wharehoka and Dr Melissa Cragg

Pūkenga Manāki Viveyan Tuhimata-Weke with the team from Bowel Screening Shaun Wharehoka and Dr Melissa Cragg

Te Pataka Māori Night Market was held on Tuesday 5th February at Seymore Square.

Combining the two services of Te Piki Oranga and Bowel Screening, both organisations fielded a few enquiries of the general public.

Te Piki Oranga Pūkenga Atawhai Jessica Hill was kept busy completing physical assessments for those interested.

Overall it proved to be a successful night celebrating all things Māori. 

Passed with flying colours

by Mares Martin, Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinician



Dion is 29 years old and he came through probation on home detention to attend alcohol and drug counselling after facing drugs charges. He had been involved with gangs and the methamphetamine scene in Wellington.

Dion was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and was on medication back then. Dion talked fast and said random “out there things”. My first impression of him was “he looks like trouble”! Although he had given up methamphetamine, he was still using cannabis. Dion was on home detention and had to get absences to leave to go anywhere. To help him reduce his use TPO financed a subscription to the gym as a healthy alternative to drug use. He enjoyed going to the gym and he looked healthier for it.  In the mean-time he applied for a horticulture course at NMIT and was accepted.  Once he stopped using cannabis, I applied through Te Piki Oranga for Dion to do a defensive driving course to gain his full licence, so he had more chance of getting employment. He passed the course, went for his full licence, and got it. I applied for Dion to sit his Fork-Lifting Certificate and he passed with flying colours. He also completed his horticulture course at the end of 2018. Dion saw a work broker at probation and got a job doing road works on the West Coast during the week and coming home in the weekends. He loves his job and the area in which he works. He said, the views are picturesque. I was pleasantly surprised and proud of Dion for his efforts. Everything he did he completed and did a really good job. And thanks go to Te Piki Oranga for the help and support given to Dion.

A great night at Mākete Pō

by Jaine Cronin, Pūkenga Manāki (Whānau Ora Navigator)

TPO nurse Marissa Scott talks with Rayma-Lee Kotu with AOD Clinician Debbie Tauwhare’s support

TPO nurse Marissa Scott talks with Rayma-Lee Kotu with AOD Clinician Debbie Tauwhare’s support

Derek Walker gets a TPO health check from Marissa

Derek Walker gets a TPO health check from Marissa

On 14th of December at 4pm, Nelson held it’s first Mākete Pō (Night Market).   The event was an opportunity to support small Māori businesses.  It was held under the korowai of “Economic Pou” and was sponsored by Ngāti Kuia with collective support from other iwi and organisations.

It was a great night and right in town in Kirby Lane (off Bridge St) with a range of stalls offering Māori Arts and Crafts, rongoa, food and other products.  Local Māori talent provided the enjoyable free entertainment.   Te Piki Oranga had a stall offering first aid, free water, free health checks and information around safe partying in the holiday season, especially for our taiohi (teenagers).

The event was well attended by whānau and tauiwi alike and feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive.

If you would like more information on Safe Partying or tips to delay teenage drinking please visit https://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/campaigns/the-plan-delay-teen-drinking/

Healthy and Economical School Lunches at the KaiFest

by Walter Tia, Pūkenga Mānaki (Whānau Navigator)

Walter Tia with Sonia Hepi-Treanor

Walter Tia with Sonia Hepi-Treanor

Master chef Brenda McQuillan showing children how to make tortilla wraps

Master chef Brenda McQuillan showing children how to make tortilla wraps

Jaine Cronin with Hayley Veatupu

Jaine Cronin with Hayley Veatupu

On Wednesday 6th of February 2019, several kaimahi from the Whakatū Whare, Te Piki Oranga, prepared to once again support the now annual Nelson Community Event Waitangi Day International KaiFest. This co-hosted event by Founders Heritage Park and Whakatū Marae is now in its 11th year.

The day started a little nervously for the organizers, due to a Bush Fire having started and still raging in the Pigeon Valley area the previous afternoon, as well as the weather being quite grey and fickle. Event-goers/supporters trickled through the gates when the event officially opened. The gusts of wind came periodically during the day and blew the stalls around. We were fortunate to have the help of  Karen and her husband to peg and tie-down the rear of our gazebo, to restore everything into its proper order. The volume of the crowd increased into a more substantial and consistant flow, as the event wore on. 

Elly Van der Zwaag dressed up as the Tooth Fairy

Elly Van der Zwaag dressed up as the Tooth Fairy

Our Health message for this event was... “Healthy and Economical School Lunches”. We’ve set up a table at interactive Demonstration Station with all the requirements, to allow children to ‘make their own’, ham/egg filled Tortilla Wraps.  A small info sheet was also provided for parents/caregivers, informing them the overall cost of having such lunches for their tamariki/whānau.  Kaimahi were present to facilitate and answer any queries.

 Elly van der Zwaag our Oral Health Educator, promoted her services to the community, by dressing up as the Tooth Fairy, giving out info hand-outs and chilled bottled water.

Our Demonstration Station, was reasonably patronised by our target market throughout the event. Our Tooth Fairy had a blast interacting with a lot of families, especially the tamariki in promoting our Oral Health services in the area. 

The kaimahi, who had worked the day, all had a fantastic time in performing their first aid roles and promoting our services to the event-goers.  It was especially great for the kaimahi  to converse and interact with a lot of the whanau that they had worked with previously and currently working with that attended this event. Thankfully, there were no serious incidents, that required our first aid assistance.  

All in all, our presence and participation in supporting this annual event was wonderful success! Several stall holders were also successful having sold out signs, well before the closure time of the event.   

My personal gratitude to all those kaimahi, who sacrificed their whanau-time to be an active participant in supporting this annual event, held on Waitangi Day.  Especially those amazing administrators, who aided in the processing of purchase orders for the station equipment etc...  You guys are absolutely amazing!   

A special thank you to Karen Davidson our Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere at Whakatū, who had enough trust in my own abilities, to allow me to volunteer, to be the lead kaimahi, for this project. 

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou

Walter Tia

Waitangi Day

by Anne Hobby, Tumuaki (General Manager)

February 6, 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

February 6, 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi


Te Tiriti o Waitangi was first signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British crown and Māori chiefs of the North Island. It then travelled throughout the country where many chiefs or representatives signed in various locations. As Māori  organisations we celebrate this document as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand and Te Piki Oranga participates in these celebrations throughout the rohe on Waitangi Day.

We routinely ask whānau applying for jobs with us, what relevance Te Tiriti has to the work of Te Piki Oranga?  We are hoping they will understand there is a clear relationship between Te Tiriti and health, as first championed by Māori  Womens welfare league and Dr Irihapeti Ramsden .The concept of “cultural safety” recognises the need for protection in all realms.  A major determinant of health is socio-economic status and no one needs me to regurgitate the  unacceptable employment, beneficiary or justice statistics for Māori  as compared to non-Māori . The lack of protection, the power imbalance and poor resourcing that has resulted in this inequity is a breach of treaty rights and needs to be redressed, not just nationally, but in our communities.

Kaupapa Māori  services are one strategy towards removing inequity. While we hold mainstream qualifications we support our indigenous knowledge that looks beyond the biomedical model, recognising the interconnections of whānau, wairua, hinengaro, and tinana (Durie, 1998a). We are committed to building a well trained Māori workforce who can challenge the institutional racism faced by our whanau on a daily basis, while providing practical treatment and support.  The Waitangi Tribunal is presently hearing Wai 2575 – The health Services and Outcomes inquiry concerning grievances relating to health services and there will be much for us to learn from this kōrero.

Moko kauae

by Jane du Feu, Board Chair

Jane du Feu, photo courtesy of Miraka Norgate

Jane du Feu, photo courtesy of Miraka Norgate

The kaupapa of the moko kauae was driven by my whanau whakapapa with a contemporary twist. My whanau has 2 Tupuna kuia who wore moko kauae. I had photos of both Kuia with me which the Kai Tā Rangi Kipa of Taranaki used as inspiration for my moko kauae. Both Kuia were of Taranaki Tuturu, Te Atiawa and Ngati Tama descent who also link to Tupuna in Kaakati at Whakatu, Te Ao Marama  Onetahua.

A surprise massage and lunch for our Kaumātua Whakatū rōpū

by Jaine Cronin, Pūkenga Manaaki (Whānau Ora Navigator)

Kaumātua lunch

Kaumātua lunch

The kaumātua of Te Piki Oranga Whakatū rōpū celebrated Kirihimete (Christmas) with a lunch out and a massage.  The massage was a surprise for the kaumātua and it occurred a week before the lunch as it would not have been appropriate to hold it at the lunch. 

The massage was given to the kaumātua at the hui on Wednesday 5 December 2018 at the Jaycee Room, Founders Park.  Sara, the massage therapist, had a massage chair and Jaine provided a privacy screen.  The feedback from 15 kaumātua and one staff member was very positive enjoying a 10-15-minute massage.   Many of them wanted Sara’s number so they could arrange massages with her privately.  One koroua mentioned that after the massage he had movement in a shoulder that he hadn’t been able to move for years.  Another attendee, who suffers a brain injury, and usually doesn’t let people touch his head, asked for (and received) a head massage from Sara.

The lunch was held at the Anchor Bar and Grill down at the marina.  Tables were decorated with tinsel, honeysuckle and Christmas Crackers. Meals were pre-ordered from a set menu.  Kaumātua started arriving just before 11:30 a.m. and lunch started at 12. They all received a certificate with a comment personalised to them regarding an achievement or positive personality trait observed at our hui.  The feedback from all of them was positive and that they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Kaumātua lunch at Anchor Bar & Grill Restaurant

Kaumātua lunch at Anchor Bar & Grill Restaurant

Car wash fundraising for Whenua-Iti

by Emz Schwass, Pūkenga Hauora Hinengaro ō ngā Tamariki me Rangatahi (CAMHS Clinician)

Waimaria doing car wash fundraising at Whakatū Marae

Waimaria doing car wash fundraising at Whakatū Marae

Waimaria was successful in securing funding from Whenua-Iti, Nelson City Council and Oranga Tamariki, however one of the conditions was to participate in fundraising to pay it forward and give back to Whenua-Iti, so that they can continue to help others. Waimaria feels very privileged to have this opportunity and wanted to thank everyone to make this possible and couldn’t wait to help give back.

So, last Friday 11 January 2019, Waimaria woke up early, came down to Whakatū marae and started from 9.30am to fund raise for her Whenua-Iti trip next week. She set her price to: $5.00 – to wash outside of the car or $20.00 - to wash outside of the car, vacuum, clean window and polish the dash and doors. She worked right through till 4pm as more and more people kept turning up to get their cars washed. Waimaria had a long, but awesome day, out in the sun.

Waimaria donating the $150 car wash money she raised to Whenua-Iti

Waimaria donating the $150 car wash money she raised to Whenua-Iti

Waimaria washed 14 cars and made a total of $150 today and she is very proud to help support Whenua-Iti and other kids to have an opportunity like her! She is looking to donate the $150 back to Whenua-Iti, next week when she arrives.

Waimaria also wanted to thank the kaimahi at Te Piki Oranga and Whakatū Marae who brought in their cars to get cleaned for the new year and help support her cause! She is excited and a little nervous to attend Whenua-Iti next week, but can’t wait to tell us all about it when she returns!

Waimaria showing off her hard earned cash from car washing

Waimaria showing off her hard earned cash from car washing

Dear sponsors,

I just want to thank the sponsors (Whenua-Iti, Nelson City Council, Oranga Tamariki, Te Piki Oranga) for giving me this great opportunity, It was an amazing experience that I had enjoyed so much and that it will always be an unforgettable experience! Thank you all so much for your help and making it so much fun and thank you again for helping me out with the money, I am so thankful for the support.

I wanted to attend this trip because the last Trip I attended involved Whenua-Iti and it was so much fun. It felt like home, I gathered good relationships with others I kind of knew and we all treated each other like whanau. It was too good of a time so I asked if there was any holiday camps or other programs, I could do involving Whenua-Iti again, and surprisingly there was, so I was happy. I love being in the outdoors and I love meeting new people.

I had done 3 days of rock climbing, sea kayaking and tramping. I also had been a leader for a day, like everyone else and I supported everyone whilst everyone was supporting me through the good and bad times. They all also supported me through the challenges I felt was hard and I was so happy about it all and how it turned out.

My all-time favourite highlight was meeting everyone that attended and getting to know each other and working with everyone as well as communicating. My other good highlight was getting through the rough waves on the Sea Kayaking trip and that we were all safe and also I was so challenged and happy that we all made it to the top of Gordon’s Pyramid, but in the end I came back with huge blisters and many battle scars.

I learned a lot on this trip. (1) How to rock climb with the safety gear and equipment, (2) How to kayak in difficult sea conditions with high winds. This affected our ability to kayak as many found it too difficult to fight the wind, (3) I learnt about different cultures, (4) Good communication skills, (5) Where to tramp in new areas within the nelson area, (6) How much this city has to offer and how much more there is outside to life, (7) More about myself, I never knew I could do things like Rock climbing, (8) How to cook with others on a budget, and also (9) How to bond quickly with others and trust the people I’m with.

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone for this opportunity, and if I got a chance to do something like this again in the future it would be amazing. Here’s a few pics I thought I’d like to share.

Nga Mihi


Kirihimete at Kaiteriteri for Motueka Kaumātua rōpū

by: Larry Bailey, Pūkenga Manāki mō ngā Koroua me ngā Kuia (Navigator - Elderly)

Thank you Waka Abel Tasman for allowing TPO to take our kaumātua for a paddle!

Thank you Waka Abel Tasman for allowing TPO to take our kaumātua for a paddle!

On 13 December 2018. we picked up the kaumātua who were needing transport and we went to Kaiteriteri for the day. There were around 50 whanau whanui and Tamariki from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia te Matangi passing that we invited to attend and shared kai. We had nibbles and a BBQ.

We were lucky enough that Waka Abel Tasman team allowed us to take kaumatua for a paddle. This was enjoyed by a small rōpū which was supposed to be for an hour long but had to cut short because of the pouring rain. We got invited to join them again in the New Year.

Despite the rain putting a stop to the whole thing, the kaumatua so enjoyed the trip around the bay and they all have smiley faces on them.  Following this and during kai a round of waiata and jokes were also enjoyed.

In closing, there was a presentation of appreciation from some of the kaumatua that has been swimming this year. The groups that participated were from the Rōpū Kaukau, Te Oranga Pai, a contingent of the Raranga group. Our monthly movie that we provide will also

Some of the kaumātua from Rōpū Kaukau and Te Oranga Pai, a contingent of Raranga group doing a presentation for their appreciation

Some of the kaumātua from Rōpū Kaukau and Te Oranga Pai, a contingent of Raranga group doing a presentation for their appreciation

continue again next year. We were lucky to have Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia te Matangi join us with waiata and kai.

Thank you to the staff who helped to prepare, cook kai, entertain and clean up.

Thank you Te Piki Oranga for providing a very worthwhile program. We do our best to care for whānau who need us. Looking forward to a very interesting 2019.

Concelebrated Christmas for Motueka Adult Mental Health whānau

by Alice Adair, Pūkenga Manāki (Whānau Navigator - Adult Mental Health)


Twelve of Te Piki Oranga Adult Mental Health whānau together with two kaimahi joined with The Shed to celebrate Christmas. Our enrolled whānau were introduced to The Shed where everyone can participate in a variety of activities and outings. We were part of 35 people.

The day began with whakawhanaungatanga and mihi for those who were comfortable to do so. This was followed by a quiz and pass the parcel, where the person who got the

Nick Harding preparing the BBQ

Nick Harding preparing the BBQ

answers right opened a layer of the parcel and received a gift. 15 layers later we all got to share the final treat – happy Hana Kōkō (Santa Claus) bar. The Pressie Man aka Richard, called out each person’s name. One by one we all went up and received a Christmas surprise.

Before long the bbq was prepared ready to be booted into action. Our whānau Nick Harding prepared, cooked and cleaned up. We all shared a sumptuous kai.

Many thanks Nick, Te Piki Oranga and The Shed.

Self-testing for cervical cancer could save Māori women


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A new study has found self-testing for cervical cancer screening could save Māori women’s lives. The study found Māori women were more receptive to self-testing, citing whakamā (shyness/embarrassment), lack of time and fear of discomfort as the current barriers to screening.

Conducted through hui and a survey, the study, led by Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Tātai Hauora o Hine Centre for Women’s Health Research, involved more than 500 Māori women and health practitioners.

Researcher Anna Adcock says, “Hui participant responses to the idea wwere generally very positive, with women using terms such as ‘easier’, ‘more comfortable’, ‘less intrusive’ and ‘brilliant’.

“Our findings suggest that, implemented in a flexible and culturally sensitive way, HPV self-testing could be very acceptable for Māori women who find current screening unacceptable.”

Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of death for Māori women aged 25-44 and Māori women are more than twice as likely as New Zealand European women to be diagnosed with, and three times more like to die from the disease.

Researchers say three out of four study participants reported very likely to do a self-test for the cancer causing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) with nine out of ten reporting very likely to attend a follow-up if they tested positive.

HPV screening is more effective at preventing cervical cancer and its associated premature death than the current smear test and the new technology enables women to screen themselves.

Nau mai, haere mai ngā Kaimahi hou!

by: Caroline Sainty, Kaiawhi Tumuaki (PA to General Manager)

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Returning back to work and service delivery we have welcomed several new kaimahi and NETP nurses to our service across all our sites. Our offices are overflowing with kaimahi, refreshed and ready to deliver our service to whānau. As well as integrating into our organisation several of our kaimahi who have moved themselves and whānau to the area will have the pleasure of finding all the delights our region offers.

At Whakatū we have welcomed Elly van der Zwaag who has located to Nelson from the north island. Elly has vast experience working with tamariki through her time at Plunket as a Community Karitane (parent educator). Elly will be supporting tamariki with their oral health.

Jaimee Hiku has returned to Whakatū having completed her nursing placement in 2018 at our site. This year she returns as a registered nurse on the NETP programme for one year. Jaimee has worked well with the team during her time last year and we are pleased to welcome her back as a qualified nurse.

The Waimeha team welcomed both Brittani Beavis and Grayson Nepia. Brittani has also relocated coming up from Dunedin to enjoy the sunshine in Nelson. Brittani is a registered dietitian and has a huge interest in human nutrition and food service management and comes to us from a health promoter role. Our kaimahi can look forward to better understanding food choices and options and how these work for our body and our health.

Grayson will be the first face seen when the new office is opened in Waimeha. Grayson will be supporting the administration team at Waimeha, meanwhile being the friendly helpful receptionist for those that come into the new office.

Motueka welcomed Kim Tipene from the deep south. Kim’s preference for kaupapa Māori services means we were successful in securing her for our team. Kim is a registered nurse with a specialty in Māori mental health but will be providing maternity cover for the team as a Pūkenga Manaaki.

Wairau have added NETP nurse Hannah Morgan to their team. Hannah is a Blenheim girl so has the advantage of knowing her community well, this will be an asset as she works in the community with our whanau.

There are still several vacancies being recruited particularly in Blenheim. We are looking forward to adding to that team in due course.


Ko Ngongotaha te maunga
Ko Awahoe te awa
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Tuwharetoa, Tuhuorangi ōku hapū
Ko Tarimano te marae
Ko Grayson Nepia tōku ingoa

Kia Ora, I’m Grayson. The new receptionist/admin support based in the Waimeha Office alongside the management team.

Born in Rotorua and moved to Whakatū in 2005 with my whānau. I studied at Garin College, and then went on to study a Diploma in Business at NMIT.

In 2016 I continued to study part time and work full time with ASB Bank as a Customer Service officer.

I’ve always had a passion to work alongside our Māori people, to assist in increasing the quality of life, Mana, health and wellbeing of our whānau. I am involved with a few initiatives and groups in the community that have the same values and goals that align with what I am passionate about that I really enjoy being a part of.

I also love to keep up with my fitness and always look to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 I’m very excited to be a part of the Te Piki Oranga whānau and look forward to working alongside people who share the same values.


Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Ohau te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti pareraukawa te marae
Ko Beavis tōku matua
Ko McIntyre tōku whaea
Ko Brittani tōku ingoa

Kia ora koutou, my name is Brittani and I’m a registered Te Puna Kai Ora/Dietitian (not to be confused with pirihimana kai/food police) based at Te Piki Oranga Waimeha.

I was born in Palmerston North, raised in Levin, and completed high school in Whanganui. I moved to Ōtepoti, Dunedin in 2012 where I studied a Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition) and a Master of Dietetics. Following this I worked as a Health Promotion Specialist for WellSouth Primary Health Network based in Dunedin.

I’m passionate about kai and supporting whānau to make healthier choices to improve the health of themselves and others around them. I am looking forward to being able to work with the kaimahi at Te Piki Oranga and explore the amazing things food has to offer us.


Ki te taha ō tōku Mama
Ko Tarakeha te maunga
Ko Opepe te awa
Ko Opape te marae
Ko Mātaatua te waka
Ko Ngai Tamahaua te hapū
Ko Whakatōhea te iwi
Ki te taha ō tōku papa
Ko Motatau te maunga
Ko Taikirau te awa
Ko Motatau te marae
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ngāti Hine me Ngāti Te Tarawa nga hapū
Ko Ngā Puhi te iwi
Ko Kim Tipene tōku ingoa

Kia ora Koutou, I am Kim Tipene a Registered Nurse born in Auckland, raised in Invercargill and recently moved to Nelson. 

I whakapapa to Motatau in the Bay of Islands and Opape in the Bay of Plenty.  In 2017 I graduated from the Southern Institute of Technology with my Bachelor of Nursing.  In 2018 I was employed by the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) as a Case Manager for Te Korowai Hou Ora (Maori mental health team).  Whilst employed by SDHB I completed my new graduate year under the Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice program, completing and achieving my Level 2 Portfolio, RN competent PDRP and obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Mental Health).


Ko Tapuaeouenuku te maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Nō Waiharakeke au
He nēhi au
Ko Hannah Morgan ahau

Kia Ora, my name is Hannah Morgan. I am a NETP Pūkenga Atawhai with Te Piki Oranga in Wairau. I have recently graduated after studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University in Wellington and I am excited to start my nursing career with Te Piki Oranga.

I have spent most of my life living in Blenheim until moving to Wellington to study for three years and have just moved back home in January. I am looking forward to being back home with my whānau and being able to work within the community I grew up in.

The team at Te Piki Oranga have been very warm and welcoming and I am looking forward to being a part of the Te Piki whānau this year. I am grateful for this opportunity and am excited to see where this area of nursing will take me.


I was born in the Netherlands in a small village called Uithuizen in Onderdendam in the far North. My father wanted a better life for his young family, so we soon moved to Rotterdam a bigger city further South. Shortly after this my family of 4 children which included a little baby were travelling on a cruise ship to the land of “milk and honey” called New Zealand.

Dunedin in the winter did not feel like “milk and honey” and learning to speak English when I was eight filled me trepidation at school.

I did however come to appreciate the magnificent beaches and rugged nature that NZ has to offer and did a lot of exploring around the country.

Like most people living in NZ I eventually decided it was time to do my OE and after travelling for 2 years I ended in the Netherlands again to find and reconnect with my own whānau. It was there that I met and married Frank and I came to love the multitude of flowers and plants that were for sale everywhere you looked. After gaining my Floristry qualifications and work experience, I eventually set up shop for myself for several years.

My next career path led me to do an Art Degree as my aesthetic sense had been nurtured by floristry.

As I always spoke fondly of New Zealand, Frank and I decided to come back to NZ where my one and only daughter Monique was born. She has been a true blessing for me as I also have a real passion for Natural Therapies and shortly after her birth, I studied Homoeopathy and other Natural Therapies to maintain Monique’s health in the most gentle and natural way possible. This passion still lives strong in me today.

Unfortunately, my marriage was not destined to last and when I ventured forth to establish a new life for Monique and myself, I eventually accepted a position at Plunket as a Community Karitane supporting first time parents of various ethnicities in their parenting practise at the Family Centre (a vulnerable baby support centre) on the North Shore of Auckland.

It was fast paced environment with a lot of hands on experience as I would be home visiting vulnerable families and holding group sessions in a large catchment area, so I certainly learned a lot but also loved every minute of it working at the centre for 15 years.

My personal bucket list wish has always to come to Nelson to live, and my passion for Natural therapies, art, and the desire to be productive in any capacity to help one another has become a reality for me now.

 I feel very privileged to be part of Te Piki Oranga as this is the first organisation, I have ever worked together with that truly works as one, incorporating the Māori values in everyday life and enabling me to truly feel at home.

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 Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa
Ko Pūhunga Tohorā te maunga
Ko Waimaa te awa
Ko Ngātokimatawhaoroa te waka
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Ngai tūteauru, ngati hau ngā hapu
Ko Pukerata, Te Piiti ngā marae
E whakatipu ahau ki ōtepoti, kei whakatu toku kainga inainei
Ko Simon Hunt toku hoa tane
Ko Jesse, Ko Sammy aku tamariki
Ko neehi ahau
Ko Jai Hiku toku ingoa

 Originally from Dunedin, Simon and I moved to Nelson in 2008 to be closer to whānau. After a bit of life experience, administrative jobs and having babies I began my journey into nursing at NMIT in 2016. 

It was a privilege to complete my transition placement at TPO Whakatu in 2018 so I am especially pleased to be back here this year as a NETP Pukenga Atawhai. My nursing passion lies in primary health with a focus of holistic care.

I am looking forward to growing as a nurse but also contributing to the team with the skills and knowledge I have gained so far.


 Ko Tuao Wharepapa te Maunga,
Ko Motueka te Awa,
Ko Fifeshire te Waka,
Ko Te Awhina te Marae,
No Motueka ahau, Ko
Debbie Capatina tōku ingoa

I am Debbie, a registered nurse of many years, married to Ciprian (from Romania) with 2 Tamariki, Stefan (13) and Emma-Rose (24, still in the UK).

We have recently returned to my home town Motueka, having spent the last 3 years living and working in London.  Whilst there, I worked initially in Emergency Medicine (my forte) but wanting a better work life balance worked for the last 2 years in private practise. 

With my aging father and Stefan about to start college we decided it was time to return home.  We haven’t looked back!

In my spare time I like to spend time mountain biking with my son, or at the beach to swim or kayak.

I started with Te Piki Oranga, Whakatū, in December.The kaimahi have been both welcoming and supportive. I am looking forward to developing further within my role as a Pūkenga Atawhai. I am blessed to be part of such a great team. Thank you all.


Ko Tū Ao Wharepapa, ko Pukeone, ko Maungatere, ko Maunganui ngā maunga
Ko Motueka, ko Riuwaka, ko Arahura, ko Rakahuri, ko Karoerua ngā awa
Ko Tainui, ko Tokomaru, ko Takitimu, ko Ngātokimatawhaorua, ko Kurahaupōtuatahi, ko Māmari, ko Tinana ngā waka
Ko Ngāti Rārua, ko Te Āti Awa, ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Ngāpuhi nui tonu, ko Te Roroa, ko Te Aupōuri, ko Ngāti Hine ngā iwi
Ko Te Āwhina, ko Onetahua, ko Tuahiwi, ko Te Whakamaharatanga, ko Pakanae, ko Omapere, ko Kokohuia ngā marae
Ko Allanya tōku ingoa
Nō Motueka ahau
Ko Jas Misiepo tāku hoa tāne
Ko Isaiah rāua ko Josiah Walters āku tama
E ki an ate whakatauki: Hurihia to aroaro ki te ra tukuna to atarangi kia taka ki muri i a koe.

Kia ora, my name is Allanya. I was born in Nelson Hospital and was raised in High Street, Motueka with my three older sisters and one older foster brother. Mum and Dad still reside in that whare, and it is the epicentre of our large whānau. Te Āwhina Marae is my tūrangawaewae.

Prior to my employment with Te Piki Oranga I have worked in family social services, mental health support work, and in Legal Aid with Ministry of Justice based at Manukau District Court, Auckland. I have also volunteered with Victim’s Support, Habitat for Humanity, and Red Cross. The past five years I have been engaged in study in counselling skills, social work, and Māori studies. I will continue my studies this year in tikanga Māori, performing arts, and weaving.

I am based at the Waimeha site as Kaitiaki He Tangata - Driving Instructor. Late last year I qualified as an I-Endorsed Driving Instructor through New Zealand Automobile Association (AA), and I am also in the process of qualifying as a Defensive Driving Course Trainer. My role falls under the mantle of the New Zealand Police’s pilot project, He Tangata, which has been implemented to improve the licensing status, driving ability, and road safety of Māori whānau and the wider community. This project is designed to work alongside the Iwi Community Panel, Te Pae Oranga, to address low-level offending for traffic-related offences as an alternative to those charged having to appear in JP Court. A high percentage of the first charges that we see Māori appearing in our Courts for are traffic-related offences. So, the bigger goal of this project is to reduce the likelihood of our people entering the Justice and Corrections system, increasing their chances of securing employment, and the ability to interact socially through access to transportation.   

“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.