Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Tariana Turia: Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority PHO

The Hon Tariana Turia
Maori Party Co-Leader | MP for Te Tai Hauauru

Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority PHO

Thursday 24 November 2011; 10am

[Delivered by Te Ringa Te Awhe, on behalf of Minister Turia]

No record of Te Oranganui could begin without cherishing the legacy of our Morehu kuia o te awa, Te Manawanui Pauro, our beloved Nanny Nui.

Whether she was tending the soil in her lush gardens of home at Kaiwhaiki or paddling the lengths of te awa tupua, Nanny Nui was the epitome of the guiding principle she gifted to Te Oranganui – absolute wellness for the people.

She lived a rich and stimulating life until the ripe old age of 103; she nurtured our souls with her knowledge of ancient karakia; she sustained our spirit with her staunch presence at Pakaitore and her advocacy in setting up Awa FM; and she would remind us all to come together; to be proud of the very essence of who we are.

She would tell us, ?kaua koe e korero mo te awa; engari korero ki te awa’ (don’t talk about the river; talk to the river).

And so today, as we celebrate Te Oranganui, let us spare some time to reflect on Nanny Nui and the values and traditions she expressed as the marks of a life well lived.

There is no greater work that can be done, than to strengthen our tinana; nurture our wairua; stimulate our hinengaro; uplift our whanau. What you are doing here at Te Oranganui is fundamentally about revitalising the sense of being alive; it is about making a difference to the health and wellbeing of the Whanganui, Ngati Apa and Nga Rauru ki Tahi communities.

And I am so proud of the progress you have achieved; the momentum you have gained over the last 25 years of development and services.

The scope of your work is now extensive - spanning across a broad spectrum of needs in community health, education and social services, kaupapa Maori approaches, clinical skills, policy development, training and professional development.

It is indeed the ultimate representation of the One-Stop-Shop, offering everything from a liquid nitrogen clinic; to rent-a-turu; to discrimination and destigmatisation programmes. There is support for independent living; programmes to quit smoking; and an over-riding emphasis on tamariki ora, whanau ora.

Te Oranganui models its services and its philosophy on a recipe for healthy living; the prescription for wellness across the generations.

And what I love most about Te Oranganui is your upfront stance about what it is that will keep us well.

The founding statement puts the case clearly: Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority is a leading healthcare provider delivering a quality service contributing to the mana motuhake of whanau, hapu, iwi and other peoples.

And it is as good a time as any to remind ourselves what mana motuhake is truly about. Contrary to recent events, it is something more than a slogan on a tshirt, or an association with anger, with protest, with conflict.

And I want to refer to some thinking outlined by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal about the notion of Mana motuhake; to see the world as Maori wish to, to design and implement cultural institutions, tangible and intangible as Maori see fit.

Most translations of the term ?mana’, a concept that is central to the Maori worldview, tend to employ terms such as authority and power.

Mana, however, is more akin to being and includes concepts such as dignity, inner authority and others such as self-worth and self-esteem.

A person of mana is one who possesses a state of being and self-knowledge that makes them a vital and active presence in the world, acting with surety and clarity in the handling of their affairs. A person of mana is one who is creatively inspired by an inner stillness, a security of knowing, by which that person moves in a calm and peaceful way throwing the chaos of the world into sharp relief.

Mana is therefore central and critical to Maori thinking, experience and Maori survival for the presence of mana is a singularly defining feature of Maori health and well-being.

I am thankful for organisations such as Te Oranganui, who help us to focus our aspirations on that drive for inner stillness; to know that all is right in our world; to hold strong to hope; to have a faith that our tikanga and our kaupapa provide in themselves a pathway for future generations to follow.

Te Oranganui, in your practice and your approach, inspire in us the confidence to believe in our own selves; to look at our own histories and tribal archives, to refresh our thinking by grounding ourselves in our solutions.

My greatest fear is that some of our people are swept into focusing on all that is wrong with the world and they lose sight of the essential strength, and resilience and potential that is found in every whanau; across every hapu; demonstrated by every iwi.

Te Oranganui has always challenged those who would rather dwell on the deficits to instead lift our sights and try to focus on a greater goal; the collective health and wellbeing of the people.

It is about having self-belief; having control over our lives, being self-determining; driven by our own aspirations and ambitions.

There is no greater time than now than to think about our destiny going forward.

There will always be some who advocate for the hand of the state to lift us out of despondency, to feed our kids; to take care of our children; to be the great provider.

I reject this thinking in the strongest possible way.

Te Oranganui represents a journey that we have all been on – to know that no Government, no agency of the state, no school, no health service can ever replace the vital strength of our whanau.

This is the mindshift we must continue to embrace; to move from the glass half empty; to instead focus on the glass half full - the potential and the strength we possess within.

And so, finally, I look back at the experience we have had with Te Oranganui; to pay tribute to your vision; and the work you have done.

Even thinking back over this last year –your research project on whanau resilience; the Whanau Ora Workforce Development pilot; the Whanau Ora service delivery pilot and last but not least the Maori Television series on Whanau Ora - Hauora a Iwi – it is all sending a very clear, consistent and compelling message about whanaungatanga; about tino rangatiratanga; about whakapiripiri whanau.

And importantly, you have invested in the greater good of whanau, hapu and iwi at all levels. You have placed priority on mothers and pepi as strengthening the foundation of whanau. You set up a medical centre in Waverley / Nga Rauru and have rolled out a Virtual IT system to ensure that everyone has access to your leadership.

And you have launched the unique indigenous tohu on behalf of Nga Rauru, Ngati Apa and Whanganui, to honour your own knowledge and expertise.

I am so proud of the energy and enthusiasm you have exhibited for Whanau Ora. I love the commitment that I see coming out of this organization, towards charting your own future; and I congratulate everyone involved on a fabulous quarter century of achievement and of learning.

And my final message to us, comes again from the inspiration of Nanny Nui: ?korowaitia te puna waiora’ – let us always immerse ourselves in working towards a vision of wellness and wellbeing for our whanau as the driving force in our lives.

Tena tatou katoa

Authorised by Tariana Turia, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Todd Muller Needs To Own The Privacy Leak Scandal

Whenever a political scandal breaks, party leaders have two basic options. They can confess to being in boots and all, and try to brazen it out : nothing to see here, move on. This tended to be the John Key approach. Very hard to pull that off in this case, given that it involved violating the privacy of sick New Zealanders for party political gain.
The other option is to claim innocence of this terrible, no good, highly regrettable “error of judgement” and apologise profusely for the sins of others, while absolving your own good self of any responsibility. This has been Todd Muller’s chosen path.... More>>

National Departures: Press Statement From Michelle Boag

Today I am announcing that I have resigned my membership of the NZ National Party. The last few days have underscored for me the unhealthy relationship I have developed with politics. For 47 years, I have devoted much of my professional and personal ... More>>


Govt: Statement From Rt Hon Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has announced he is taking a short stint of medical leave this week. More>>

Isolation: Government And Air NZ Agree To Manage Incoming Bookings

Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan ... More>>


Government: New Investment Creates Over 2000 Jobs To Clean Up Waterways

A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects ... More>>


Government: David Clark Resigns As Health Minister

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted David Clark’s resignation as Health Minister. More>>


Election 2020: Green Party Unveils Income Policy

The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity. The scheme resets income support payments to ensure everyone not in full-time paid work gets at least ... More>>


Conservation: New Protection For Dolphins

Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Māui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More>>


Auckland: Water Consent Referred To Board Of Inquiry

Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses... More>>


Foreign Affairs: New Zealand To Review Relationship Settings With Hong Kong

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment ... More>>


Covid-19 Patient Info Leak: Hamish Walker - A Personal Statement And An Apology

I have spoken to National Party Leader Todd Muller and informed him that I passed to members of the media, by email, information containing Covid-19 patient details that was given to me by a source. I did this to expose the Government’s shortcomings ... More>>


PM: Labour Will Extend Loan Scheme 'lifeline' For Small Business

Labour has announced its plans to extend the Small Business Loan Cashflow Scheme and spend $162 million on a waterway clean-up package. More>>


Economy: Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-Start COVID Rebuild

A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister ... More>>


Covid-19: Isolation System To Be Beefed Up After Stress

A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify ... More>>


Election 2020: Parties Get Into Gear

ACT has today announced its list for the 2020 General Election. “The calibre and experience of our candidates will impress voters of every persuasion. We have candidates from all walks of life. People who have built their homes, families and businesses ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels