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Written by: Anne Huriwai
29 Nov 2018

Earlier this year, we said farewell to a member of our team and a long serving staff member of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou. Josie Tangaere, who was the Whanau Oranga Manager for the East Coast, passed away in July.

Josie was an extremely hard worker who, as a proud NATI was dedicated to helping Ngati Porou whanau to thrive, in her own quiet but assertive way.

She led a dynamic team of 15 and provided an effective oversight of Social Workers in Schools, Whanau Ora, Housing, Injury Prevention, Community Nutrition & Physical Activity, and Family Harm intervention programmes. She also managed the Tairawhiti School Attendance service which extends from Wairoa in the south to Opotiki in the north.

Always keen to learn more, Josie was also studying towards a Business Management degree.

Josie served more than 20 years with TRONP and TRONPnui. She touched a lot of people over this time and helped make a difference to so many lives.

No reira Josie moe mai ra i roto i nga ringa o to tatou Kaihanga.

It has definitely been a dramatic 2018, with some amazing highs and distressing lows, yet overall we had another challenging but rewarding year.

Over the past 12 months, around 1600 individuals accessed one-to-one support and a further 900 participated in our group-facilitated programmes:

  • Young people account for the majority of individuals whom we supported through one, or more, of our school or community-based services.
  • Education, social or justice-related matters are the main areas where whanau require support, although we have seen an increase in housing enquiries.
  • Work got underway to extend Te Pae Oranga (Iwi Justice Panels) in Ruatoria
  • Voices of Mokopuna report completed. This report will inform the Ngati Porou Model of Care.
  • Six homes received urgent and essential repairs, two homes received infrastructure grants and all existing kaumatua flats are now warmer and safe thanks to funding through the Maori Housing Network.
  • Transitional and Social Housing provided for 60 individuals.


Tiaki Tangata– Prisoner Reintegration is committed to supporting our men and women to succeed on the outside by working alongside them while they are still on the inside.

The statistics for Ngati Porou who are in prison make for grim reading and so are the statistics for Ngati Porou children who are being raised by a parent or caregiver who are involved with Corrections.

Employment, accommodation and both cultural and pro-social connections are the main areas of need, so every effort is being made to address this:

  • Bill Taiapa who is on secondment from Corrections, visits the Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison on a fortnightly basis. He links men with our services at least 3 months prior to their release.
  • We secured a home in Gisborne for men with a community sentence who require accommodation and meet Ministry of Social Development criteria.
  • We now have two kaiawhina who will visit Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison and Auckland Women’s Prison regularly.
  • We are working with Child Matters and Corrections to develop programmes designed to teach parents how to protect their tamariki/tamaiti.
  • We are exploring opportunities to deliver more marae/community based tikanga programmes, as those who complete our 4-day wananga often show an interest in doing more.
  • We are also exploring alternatives to prison, especially for our youth.

However, our biggest drive is in the prevention space, as we want to stop our children, our women and our men from entering the Justice pipeline.


Paikea was established in 2016 as a multi-purpose Health and Fitness facility and caters to the needs of the local community along with our elite and aspiring athletes.

Initially, only one programme was offered due to financial constraints, but this year, despite these restrictions, a further 400 individuals took advantage of one or more of our free programmes.


Poupou Pakari Tinana is a 16-w­­eek training programme facilitated by TRONPnui in partnership with Te Wananga o Raukawa (Otaki) which offers a NZQA Level 4 Certificate in Health.

Whanau complete the course with an understanding of activity appropriate for their level of ability, an understanding of correct exercise techniques, and a plan to improve their general level of health and well-being.

The programme also covers studies on cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, introduction to nutrition and lifestyle modification strategies.

Forty-one whanau members were successful in completing the intake for the second semester from July to December 2017. These members had access to all our classes and were able to come in during our operating hours for individual work-outs or personal training sessions with trained instructor, Amoe Tarsau.

Although Poupou Pakari Tinana is our primary programme, we have listened to members of the community and have opened the doors to a number of individuals and groups who have benefited from one or more of the tailored programmes:

  • 46 individuals benefited from the one-to-one personalised training sessions
  • An average of 15 individuals per week were ‘casual’ users who did their own thing
  • An average of 20 individuals attended the planned early morning daily sessions and an average of 10 attended the midday sessions
  • Private sessions provided for the following groups:
    • Schools: Lytton High School, Gisborne Girls’ High, Gisborne Boys’ High, Campion College, Turanga Ararau, Turanganui-a-Kiwa Activity Centre, Ilminster Intermediate.
    • Clubs: Horouta Waka Hoe, Rangataua o Aotearoa, Paikea Peak Performance, Gisborne Tairawhiti Rugby League representative teams, Stallion Rugby League Club, Tairawhiti Softball rep. teams, Shakers Touch Rugby rep. teams, Gisborne Police Blue Light, Gisborne Basketball Association rep. teams.
    • Whanau Groups: Keeping It Real, Kotahi Whanau, WhanauFit, Patu ki Turanga.

Feedback from the whanau


“My youth worker supported me to move away from my negative pathway and now I am fully employed on the fishing trawlers. She encouraged me to break the cycle and be a role-model to my younger cousins.”


“Having a Maori to deal with does makes a difference. Having whakapapa connections to a support person makes a difference. They understand us better. Non-Maori don’t really understand me.”


“In the beginning I was against this process because I felt it was an easy way out for the offender. I have 100 percent changed my mind. The panel process is an excellent alternative for both parties. Being able to have a say in the plan and a voice helped me to move forward and forgive.”


As a result of attending a 2017 Marae-based programme facilitated by TRONPnui - Participant “A” said, how he would like to become a positive role model to his whanau and further distance himself from his past, when he was an active gang member.” Participant Post Hui Report February 2018

Anne Huriwai
Manager - Whanau Oranga
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou