A canoe upon which everyone may embark
"He waka eke noa"
He mihi nui tenei ki a koutou ka ratoka tautoko e pa ana ki tenei kaupapa, ara, whakamana takata me whakamana whanau hoki. He wero hoki tenei mo tatou katoa, ki te whakamahi tenei kaupapa mo te oraka o ka takata, whanau katoa. Kia kaha ai tonu tatou ki te awhi ka takata mouhere, takata whaitiki ranei me o ratou whanau.
Ka tautoko hoki taku Runaka ki tenei kaupapa o Ka Pou Whakahou, no reira, ka tika te korero, nau mai, haere mai koutou katoa ki ruka ki tenei waka, ara, he waka eke noa. Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
Rev. Maurice Manawaroa Gray
Te Upoko Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu
Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu
Pillars - Ka Pou Whakahou has held a close working relationship with Te Runaka for well over two decades attending hui and supporting kaupapa to build connectedness for whanau affected by imprisonment in Otautahi.
Te Upoko and te whanau have been all embracing to Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou and have strongly supported the Pillars kaupapa. We have recently agreed to collaborate on the Whanau Ora approach.
Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu support us in the following ways:
Established a vision, mission and strategic pathways
Provide cultural advice
Gifted our name and mihimihi
Blessed our premises
Established a Maori Advisory Group and its terms of reference
Gifted Uncle Ray and Aunty Mary Kamo, our kaumatua who assist Pillars at every level of its activities
Gifted Barry Baker as Te Runaka's representative on the Board of Governors
Recommend whanau workers; and
Provide ongoing cultural supervision
Kaumatua Kai Tahu
Our kaumatua, Uncle Ray and Aunty Mary Kamo, ensure that the dignity and views of tangata whenua are recognised in the Otautahi / Christchurch area of Ngai Tahu right across Pillars. They have a vital role in ensuring the partnerships developed between Maori and non-Maori can evolve effectively.
Kaumatua Tainui iwi
Our kaumatua Brownie Rauwhere is appointed by The Minister of Maori Affairs and Associate Minister of Corrections, Dr Pita Sharples, to support the staff and kaupapa in South Auckland.
Maori Advisory Group
The Maori Advisory Group was set up by Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu to provide advice and feedback to the Chief Executive on maori issues. The group ensures that the Chief Executive is given advice on the strategic, policy and operational issues that affect Maori. This tautoko ensures that Pillars remains culturally safe for staff and clients.