Whanau Ora – Social Innovation Made ‘Accessible’

 

CIDANZ is funded by Pasifika Futures ltd (PFL) under the Whanau Ora programme. As a key innovation partner of PFL our organisation has been a part of various opportunities to ensure that our family enterprises are able to access a market that values them and the services they provide.

We have recently reconfirmed (oneBASKET program) with Papakura Netball Centre contract for 2019. oneHERITAGE program with Te Papa, Wellington, we have placed another (oneBASKET program) proposal for Fresh Café & Kiosk in Otara, which we have been shortlisted for. In the months ahead oneTRADES will, through a subcontract process with JAPP Ltd, enter into bid for earthworks for the oneCHILD Project. The team has also built a number of collaborations for Up-cycle goods as Social Enterprise opportunities with Oceania Youth Academy and Atiu-Enuamanu. We will test the process for this model of enterprise development over the next 6 months and look to work with a couple of other not for profit groups in the community.

Our capacity is stretched, but with a skilled young team around the table, we continue to fulfill the work needed to ensure that our families are living economically free, and reaching their goals and aspirations.

Pictured is a few of our enterprising families with Minister Peeni Henare who visited our site in April. Minister Henare holds the Portfolios for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Whanau Ora, and Youth; and is also the Associate Minister of Social Development.

Old School Reserve – The Heart of Community Unity & Prosperity

On the 3 October 2018, the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board approved the Old School Reserve Master Plans for Public Consultation. This development has been a 9-year long journey for the Trust, several iterations over the years landed in September 2018, giving the Trust the best opportunity to finally build a sustainable community owned facility. oneVILLAGE has been represented strongly through the plans, the Public Consultation will take 6 weeks, a report back to the Local Board reflecting public feedback will be written for the Local Boards final approval in February 2019.

The site plans take into consideration tenants currently doing great work on the site, namely Auckland Teaching Garden’s, and two early learning centers. The plans propose a vertical garden area, created and run by Auckland Teaching Gardens (ATG). The large field to receive drainage improvements, be a host for a long-term incubator kitchen and our Cook Islands ANZAC Soldiers War Memorial, a great space for young people and families to enjoy a play area, basketball court, potential informal BMX track, and be the home of oneVILLAGE.

We look forward to seeing these plans become a reality for our many diverse communities to enjoy!

oneCHILD Project Build Set for early 2019!

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We are one step closer to achieving a vision that has been in the works since the development of the Cook Islands Development Action Plan set in 2013 to 2022.

The Ta’okotai’anga – CIDANZ is building the very first ‘total immersion’ Cook Islands Early Childhood Education Centre in Auckland.  Approved funding through the Ministry of Education for a 60 children facility in Mangere was received in 2015 and in 2016, the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board approved to lease approximately 640m² of Old School Reserve in Mangere for the building of the facility.  With the incredible Project Management and Architectural support of Strachan Group Architects and its many agents the resource consent was approved in January 2018, and final plans signed off by our Chief Executive.

As we draw closer to the turning of soil for the oneCHILD Centre Project this year, so too is the completion of the first ‘total immersion’ curriculum framework for the centre.

On Friday 15th June the oneCHILD Project Group met to view and discuss the proposal: Rima Akataka Approach – this is a hands on experience in learning for the tamariki potiki of the centre, based on tacit knowledge of the Cook Islands (indigenous people’s knowledge developed over time, and continue to develop). The discourse in literature and group discussion covered the Cook Islands Maori Reo, quality learning, quality teachers, authentic learners, practical and literate learning, nature studies, literature, global approaches and theories.

The centre will be indigegogy based, where our tamariki potiki will be totally immersed in the Cook Islands Maori reo and a Cook Islands Maori worldview. Our tamariki potiki will learn through a culturally responsive-relational pedagogy with a collaborative pathway to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the Cook Islands Maori Reo, Akonoanga and People in a new indigenous cultural environment. We are creating a new and exciting wave of learning for our tamariki potiki in Aotearoa.

Currently the Trust is going through a rigorous process to select the right builders for this work. We look forward to beginning the new year with a soil turning ceremony to mark this momentous occasion.

Pa Metua Super Gold Club Launch

 

Our elders have lived rich lives rife with even richer knowledge. On Tuesday 2 October 2018, the Pa Metua Super Gold Club was lunched. The Purpose of the group is to embrace, to remember, to help live on the knowledge and precious teachings and lessons of my Ui Tupuna, yesterday, today for my tamariki tomorrow.

12 members strong, the aim of the group is to preserve and learn from the knowledge of our elders.

Exhibition & Launch of CITVCNZ

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On Monday 22nd October, the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini Collective NZ (CITVCNZ) was officially launched at a Cook Islands exhibition. The Collective was first set-up in 2016 with three members – Tepori Teariki, Nana Kamo-Mataroa, and Vaine Areora. Over time, the group grew, becoming 44 members strong and steadily rising.

With a vision to unite and prosper the Cook Islands community, CITVCNZ have several projects underway, including upcycling materials donated by the Takanini Sikh community, and adapting Cook Islands to be sold at the Te Papa Museum.

The launch of CITVCNZ was met with great enthusiasm from the Cook Islands community who rallied together in support of the women. We look forward to seeing more from our Mama’s.

 

Tā’okota’i’anga 2018 Cultural Competition, Sat 1st Sept.

On Saturday 1st September, the Auckland University Cook Islands Association will be hosting a competition called Tā’okota’i’anga. It is a conference and cultural competition for all of the Cook Islands Students Associations from various tertiary institutions across New Zealand to come together, compete and celebrate our beautiful culture.

Where: 7 Atiu pl, Favona, Auckland
When: Saturday September 1st, 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm
Cost: Adult: $5. Child (12 years and under): $2. Pay at door. All door sales will go towards the running of Tā’okota’i’anga.

This year, the theme is:

“Tuia te rito tangata e te rito vaerua 
Itiki’ia ki te pito enua e toou tupu’anga rangatira 
Ma te raranga kapiti mai i te au peu tūkētūkē.”

“Thread the fibres of humanity
Thread the fibres of spiritual well being
Bind together the essence of cultural identity
Weave together the diverseness of cultural awareness.”

Ina Michael: Consultant – Capital Build & Investment

We have an exciting shift in CIDANZ, and want acknowledge Ina Michael in his new role as a Consultant – Capital Build & Investment.  Ina was the foundational Chief Executive of CIDANZ and introduced CIDANZ as the new trading name, co-ordinated the production and implementation of priorities and actions flagged in the 2012-2015 NZ Cook Islands Development Action Plan (CIDAP), whilst also introducing a series of ‘one branded,’ social enterprises that have since received national business and innovation awards from Pacific Business Trust and Pasifika Futures.

Ina remains committed to the ongoing sustainability of CIDANZ and his role as a Consultant will be specifically focused around Capital Build & Investment projects. Ina’s experience in providing advice and expertise to organizations to help improve their business performance in terms of operations, profitability, management, structure and strategy, builds a strong foundation for this new role.  His work will stretch across a variety of areas including management, strategy, business development IT, finance, marketing, HR, supply chain management and social enterprise development.  Ina can be contacted on email, ina@inamichael.com and mobile, 021 418 301.

Kōrero Rorouira Workshop for CILW2018 @CIDANZ Tuesday July 31 4-7pm

Sally (Ake) Nicholas was born in New Zealand, but soon after her family moved to Rarotonga to reconnect with the Cook Islands language, culture and family. She is currently a Lecturer at the AUT University. This Tuesday, Sally will be hosting a workshop open to all, using Toontastic to teach our reo Maori Kuki Airani.

Details below:

Kia orana. ‘Aere mai e te au tamariki, e te au māpū pērā katoa e te au metua kia ma’ani teata kia rere te reo ki te au ngā’i katoa o tēianei ao.

Where:  CIDANZ,  283 – 289 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland 2022

When: Tuesday 31 July 2018 from 4-7 pm for Cook Islands Language Week 2018 #CILW2018

Why: If our Reo is going to thrive we need to be able to use it to talk about all the things.

E TANO EI!!

What: We are going to buddy up learners with speakers and get them to work together to make some short movies,  in Māori, like these ones.

How:  We will be able to  provide a few tablets if you don’t have one. However, if you do have a tablet (android or iPad) or a smartphone please bring it along with toontastic already installed. There will not be internet access at the venue. Most important though, bring yourselves and your enthusiasm!

If you can’t make it on the day and have a smart phone or tablet you can have a play with this software.

If you make stuff please share it and add the hashtags #CILW2018 and #ReoRorouira

Empowering Young People Through Ei Katu-Making

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Emerge Aotearoa provides a wide range of recovery and rehabilitation services designed to empower people to reach their full recovery potential. They believe that everyone is capable of living a meaningful life and are committed to helping their service users to be the best they can be – resulting in improved overall community well-being and participation. On Wednesday 18 July, Emerge Aotearoa, through Cook Islander Louise Tito, joined forces with the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini to teach a workshop on ei katu-making to young people facing difficulties in their life. With changing times, young people are challenged constantly to be the best version of themselves, especially in an environment where social media and the media play a big role in building up the self-esteem of young people. Sometimes being the best version of themselves is not always easy to do, especially when young people don’t have the right people or values in place to support them. And sometimes this leads to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and many other mental health conditions affecting our mapu. The ei katu workshop was part of three workshops offered on the day. Through it our Mama’s – Nane, June, Mariana and Nana, were able to get to know these young people and through their humor and kindness, were able to bring these young people out of their shells to enjoy a craft most Cook Islanders have grown up with. Although the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini have been highlighted across several news media articles, as our favorite Auntie Nana Kamo-Matoroa says “we’re more than just a group of women that sew tivaevae’s.” Vainetini’s are a group of skilled women who make Cook Islands crafts. Lately the Cook Islands Taokotai’anga Vainetini are teaching us that they’re more than that, especially through their work with the Sikh Community, and our young Pacific and Maori people.

2018 Cook Islands Language Week

As a Cook Islands organisation focused on community and economic development, we’ve had the greatest privilege liaising with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples in the national coordination of Cook Islands Language week. It is with pride that we announce the theme for this years Cook Islands Language Week 2018:

Kia ngākau parau, kia rangarangatu to tatou Reo Māori Kūki Āirani

Be proud of our Reo Māori Kūki Āirani and protect its future!

In 2016, CIDANZ proposed to the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, a three year plan to develop the theme and poster for Cook Islands Language Week. In that plan we wanted our Cook Islands communities across New Zealand to share in the development of the theme and language week.

In 2016, the theme was set by Auckland, focusing on the views of our young people. They expressed that ‘yes’ the language was important to them, but learning it was not a priority because their obligations to school, university, church, sports and their social life left little to no room for the language. They however did feel that if the Cook Islands culture is still celebrated, by embracing their heritage, they’ll always embrace their language. With those insights in mind, the theme became: “To embrace my Heritage, my language lives on.”

In 2017, the theme was set by our Hamilton community with a deliberate focus on our women. Majority of the women who attended the workshop were grandmothers and daughters who weren’t fluent in Maori, but have made it a priority to learn and speak the language.  We were moved to tears with the views of our Cook Islands women who expressed that the language would flourish if they had a safe space that encouraged them to speak Cook Islands Maori. It was those heartfelt insights that the theme for 2017 came to fruition: “An encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and confidence to speak my reo Maori Kuki Airani.”

This year, the theme was set by the Christchurch community – and as with previous years, the focus on who we needed to hear from, shifted. In previous years, our women have been seen as the nurturers of our language. While our fathers worked, our mothers ensured that our children were brought up in our culture, were educated, and were healthy. With evolving times, women are still seen as the main teachers and caretakers of our language. However, our children still look to their fathers or the father-figures in their lives as examples of their own approach to learning the language. Which is why this year we wanted to hear from our Cook Islands men, both old and young.

The workshop we ran with the community raised some interesting views, including the views of a young man in this years poster who commented (paraphrased) that “although I don’t speak it fluently, I’m proud of my language, but I’ll always look to my father to guide me and to teach me.” As with several views expressed in the workshop, it was a poignant statement that fed into this years theme.

For a PDF version of the poster, contact Janet at janet@cidanz.co.nz.