Being strong for our people

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.


By Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki / Cultural Advisor

Te Piki Oranga kaimahi and Board members recently undertook a two day Te Pumaomao Indigenous Nationhood Building workshop facilitated by Takawai Murphy and his wife Chris Murphy.

Based on Māori tikanga, the completely immersive course allowed us to explore the ongoing effects of colonisation on Māori and other indigenous people, while reflecting on the misunderstandings of the past and ways to build pathways forward.

The team gained much deeper understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and pre-European history as well as critical analysis of delivery models. Although the course covered some obviously challenging issues, it was delivered with humour and passion by Takawai and Chris through a range of techniques including role-play, multi-media displays and audio visuals.

They were a great couple of days of open and honest collective discussion about Māori and Pākehā relationships and gave us real insight into the social, political and cultural landscape of Aotearoa.

What our kaimahi thought:

A hard topic to tackle, but made easy by Chris and Takawai.
Emotional training that brought me to tears many times and left me wanting more.
Recommend this training to all people working with Māori and other ethnic communities.
It was a great way to learn about the history of NZ that we weren’t taught in school.
As a non-māori I was apprehensive before attending Te Pumaomao, but the way it was delivered made me feel so welcomed. I would recommend the course to all!
I enjoyed the support I received during the training.

Tāne Ora at Whakatū - Going from strength to strength

By Blair Carpenter, Toitu Te Ora a Waipiro me Tarutaru Kino / Alcohol and Other Drug Cadet

It’s Tuesday 2 May on a cool sunny Autumn morning at Whakatū Marae and a group of Tāne of various ages and abilities are beginning to arrive for their fortnightly Tāne Ora group. A collection of bikes, wooden pallets and other materials lay ready to be fixed, repaired, reconstructed and given back to whānau in need. Some might ask what relationship this group has with a Māori health service, yet those in the group will tell you there are very few things better for their health and wellbeing than being active with peers and giving back to the community.

Moetu, a foundation member comments:

For a lot of us Tāne, this is the only time we catch up with peers and spend time at the Marae.

It also enables a lot of the Tāne to have a catch up with their Pūkenga Atawhai/Community Nurse for a health check.  

The group began in early 2016 predominantly for physical health. It was nurse led, however, after discussion with kaumātua it was agreed that Tāne should be facilitating their Tāne Ora group. So, we asked them what direction they would like to take and how they wanted to steer the waka. They decided on an activity based focus for the group, with an emphasis on giving back to the community. Since the changes, activities have included waiata/Christmas carols for kaumātua, gym workouts, guest speakers and barbecues. 

The group has grown from three to 12, with many more whānau expressing interest. For more information on Tāne Ora, please contact Blair Carpenter on 0274058327 or

For rangatahi, by rangatahi – at Waimeha

By Sheridan Duncan, Kai Whakatuarā Rangatahi / Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Coordinator

With Māori suicide rates nearly double those of other New Zealand ethnic groups, Te Piki Oranga developed a plan to involve rangatahi in a competition to promote health and well-being to their peers.

The idea was to develop something “for rangatahi, by rangatahi” and to guide youth to a greater understanding of their own perspectives on well-being and mental health.

In May, we launched a Rangatahi Wellness competition in schools and alternative education providers to gather rangatahi’s suggestions on the best way to raise awareness of suicide. Five student groups worked for two months on their wellness plans, which included a leadership camp, a youth oriented fair that involved a clothes swap and a glow in the dark dance party complete with a DJ and a hangi. Unable to choose a winner from these fantastic proposals, we decided to put all the options to the vote on our TPO Facebook page.

The clear winner was… drum roll please… Motueka High School, for their all-ages Music Festival concept, an event for all ethnicities showcasing dance, performance and musical acts. Currently planned for September, we’re hoping the Music Festival will become an annual event that will encourage some open and honest discussions among rangatahi about suicide, well-being and mental health.

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Wairau - Whakakorikori Tinana / Sit and Be Fit

Nā Sharlene Maniapoto rāua ko Margy Crosby, Ngā Pūkenga Manaaki - Wairau

Kia mau ki te hoe, o te waka nei….he waka eke noa.
We were particularly blessed recently to be able to share in the celebration of Coralie’s 95th birthday… not the norm at classes!

We were particularly blessed recently to be able to share in the celebration of Coralie’s 95th birthday… not the norm at classes!

Wairau Te Piki Oranga’s Sit and Be Fit programme is flourishing with whānau – with a total of 125 participants of all ages taking part in the Tuesday morning sessions and around 30-50 participants in each class.

Initially started as a Maataa Waka project, Te Piki Oranga currently delivers the programme to promote the benefits of regular exercise and healthy eating in a tikanga Māori setting, enhancing the wider aspects of wellbeing.

Sit and Be Fit is also delivered on Wednesday mornings at Waikawa Marae for 32 participants and growing.

In each class, some people exercise standing up but most choose to stay sitting. The exercises incorporate several movements that utilise left/right hand brain, hand/eye co-ordination, rhythm, singing, arm/leg movements, hand weights, titi torea and a whole lot of singing and laughter!

Everyone undertakes a health assessment before the programme starts and participates in the 1 hour exercise session, moving to the rhythm of both waiata Māori and Tauiwi. The participants also sing enthusiastically during the exercises, which is of added benefit to their tinana, hinengaro and wairua.

Whānau say:

I really enjoy it, It’s great. I love the singing! I enjoy coming here, I haven’t missed one yet.
Waikawa Sit n' Be Fit participants enjoying 'Tītī tōrea' to music

Waikawa Sit n' Be Fit participants enjoying 'Tītī tōrea' to music

But wait…..Shhhhhhh!!!   Something is going on. There are about to be some changes! We are looking to re-launch this programme around Matariki with a new name, new look and new additions to the programme. It’s all under wraps for now but stay tuned!


Motueka - Tangata Whaiora korero

By Alice Adair (AA), Pūkenga Manaaki - Motueka

Here is the beautiful story behind this tangata whaiora’s amazing artwork. Ka mau te wehi!

AA: “Where did the inspiration come from to create The Tiger?”

Tangata: “Memory of my stepdad he loved Tigers. When I was 16 I played rugby for the Mot Tigers and I know a lot about the Nelson Tigers Stock cars.”

AA: “Tell me about your creation.”

Tangata: “It’s on a concrete tile. You have to sketch on the tile very carefully and figure out where to put the glass. Then you cut the glass. I had help with the glass. Glass is laid on the tile with sticking material then grouting to keep it all together.”

AA: “Sounds like you worked very hard and thought things through.”

Tangata: “I found it hard going because I wanted to finish before everyone else. But I didn’t. It took me another two weeks.”

AA: “What was the hardest task for you?”

Tangata: “Cleaning it all up and polishing the tile. That took some time. “

AA: “How do you feel, now, that you have finished your tile?”

Tangata: “Awesome. Really rapt. Happy I have achieved something and I feel good.”

AA: “Congratulations for achieving a milestone.”

Tangata: “Te Piki Oranga and The Shed helped me. The Tiger shines in the sun and the eyes follow me.”

AA: “What’s next for you?”

Tangata: “Bone-carving. The print is still in my mind.”

AA: “Thank you for the privilege and your willingness to share your korero today.”

This tangata whaiora had been very unwilling to be enrolled at Te Piki Oranga, attend or participate with, alongside other whānau. Other agencies withdrew or were asked by the tangata whaiora to ‘take a hike.’ I have walked alongside whānau for over 12 months. This is the first time our tangata whaiora has been able to stay focused and complete a task.

Teaching through Ngā Manu Kōrero

By Alice Chisnall-Kalouniviti, Pūkenga Mātauranga Whakapakari / Health Promoter & Nurse Educator

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Ki te āmaimai koe i mua i te whakaminenga kātahi whakaarohia te whakaminenga i te kiri kau!

“Just picture everyone naked,” some of our best and brightest rangatahi were probably thinking as they nervously took to the stage at the regionals for Ngā Manu Kōrero 2017 (a secondary school speech competition) in Waimeha, where Te Piki Oranga’s health promoters were on deck to share the latest health advice with competitors and whānau.

The TPO booth was inundated with youngsters in between speeches, as they entered competitions and chatted to our nurse, social worker and Te Hā / Stop Smoking Pūkenga Manaaki.

Keen to brush up on information about HPV vaccines, oral health and diabetes, it was also a chance for Whaea Miraka Norgate to show young mums how wahakura (baby pod for sleeping) plays a large part in raising healthy pepe.

With a large crowd of whānau supporters of all ages attending, the TPO team also used the opportunity to get the message out about healthy kai and the dangers of sugary drinks.

Marlborough Girls’ College took home the Senior Māori, Junior English and Best Female Speaker trophies for 2017, with Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi taking out the Junior Māori title. Nelson College won the judges over for both Senior and Junior English and Best Male Speaker.


Individual winners:

Rawhiti Ihaka (Junior Maori Section)
Sonaia Beard - Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi
Sir Turi Carrol (Junior English Section)
Lucas Baker - Marlborough Boys College
Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Senior Māori Section)
Kiri Pounamu Nepia - Marlborough Girls College
Korimako (Senior English Section)
Abel Johnson - Nelson College

Kaimahi Profiles

" Ko Tākitimu me Korohupu Te Waka. Ko RuaWhero Te Tohunga. Ko Tamatea- Arikinui TeKaihautū. Ko Kahuranaki Te Maunga. Ko Te PoPote Puke. Ko Ngaruroro te Awa. Ko Te Awa O TeAtua Te Puna Wai Tapu. Ko Korongatā me
Rongomaiwaihine nga Marae. Ko Nukanoa TeWhare Tupuna. Ko Te Whakaapiti, ko NgātiKahungunu me Rongomaiwahine ngā iwi "

Flo has been with Te Piki Oranga since 1 July 2014 and has an extensive working background in mental health including assessment and treatment for mental health, alcohol and drug addiction, psychology, grief counselling, family violence awareness training as well as clinical practice and supervision in a Māori environment. She says her life experience has helped her to understand how people handle stress. Living in rural and isolated areas can make this even more challenging with a greater understanding needed for our whānau and their wellness.

One of Flo’s current roles as Emergency Response Navigator is to assist with responses to the Kaikoura earthquakes, working alongside affected whānau for positive outcomes. She also works closely with other agencies such as the Marlborough District Council, primary health organisations and other Māori organisations. Flo’s rohe covers Blenheim, Ward, Seddon, Kekerengu, Clarence and surrounding areas.

In what is often a difficult time, Flo encourages whānau to think about resilience, planning and delivery, and supports them to independently manage their health and social needs.

"Ko Sonia Hepi-Treanor taku ingoa. Te Arawa te waka, Tūwharetoa te iwi, Tongariro te maunga, Taupo-nui-a-tia te moana, Te Heuheu te tangata, Ngāti Te Maunga te hapu, no Taumarunui ahau."

Sonia lived most her life in Taumarunui working with community-based services and has recently moved to Nelson for another challenge, Smokefree Aotearoa 2025, as our Te Hā / Stop Smoking Pūkenga Manaaki.

 Sonia is enjoying working in a Māori organisation and fully embraces the infusion of tikanga Māori within Te Piki Oranga’s internal processes and service delivery. She says she is looking forward to working with all Māori, Pacific Island, hapu wāhine, vulnerable whānau and refugees to provide support to quit smoking along with a highly-motivated team of quit coaches.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Ma te whakaatu, ka mohio - By discussion comes understanding.
Ma te mohio, ka marama - By understanding, comes light.
Ma te marama, ka matau - By light comes wisdom.
Ma te matau, ka ora - By wisdom comes wellbeing.