Manaaki whenua, Manaaki Kaimahi, Haere whakamua

By: Karen Davidson, Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere (Site Manager) – Whakatū

Mahi - The Whakatū team working in the Cafe

Mahi - The Whakatū team working in the Cafe


Whakatū kaimahi (staff) had a team re-energising day, ready for spring, leaving the old and embracing the new.

Karakia to start of the day then a physical clean of our work spaces, considering health and safety in the tari (office).

Kōwhai - gaining inspiration from Papatūānuku

Kōwhai - gaining inspiration from Papatūānuku

Today was a day for reflection, kaimahi selected a value card from the kete (basket) and as individuals left the site to meditate/ponder what they discovered during their time in response to their value.

On return they shared their experience, many had taken images of the environment around the site and shared what the time had meant to them. Kaimahi daily deal with “the tough stuff” and have challenges within their own whānau. Recently having experienced grief and loss on a very persona level.

We then moved into the physical health and had a session with Lance Andrews on our muscular skeletal wellbeing and how the TIB programme can support whānau and kaimahi who are not eligible for ACC for back pain. Māori and Pacific island represent 60% of this cohort.  

Kai was served in the “Di and Karen’s pop up Café”, sponsored by Justine and Clint the back-yard pig hunters.

After lunch we had time to rejuvenate the Tikanga document for the Whakatū site, good healthy discussion and the document will be finalised for all staff and put unto Whakatū orientation package.

Wairua (spirit/soul) was the afternoon focus and we were blessed to have both Bob Bickerton musician and Nicki Green from Nelson Provincial Museum with the collection of traditional Māori instruments to play, teach and engage with. The rich sounds of our ancestors once again filled Rangikapua, many kaimahi were moved. Peace settled on, there was discussion of how these traditional instruments could have a place in our mahi (work) for providing peace often in the turmoil of life in 2018.

Instruments 2018.jpg

I want to acknowledge Bob Bickerton, Nicki Green for freely giving their time and knowledge to our rōpū (group).

There is a collection of Brian Flintoff /Robin Slow and Bob Bickerton’s music presently at the Sutter gallery, a rich collection to visit.

Instruments - the art and beauty of design and sound