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Ture Paewhenua is derived from a physical context - the laying out of foothills, rivers and plains in below a mountain; where, under its protection is the place for people to gather, find and grow food, live and prosper.    The Ture Paewhenua programme seeks to recreate a protective space to gather, to lay out cultural values, patterns, and opportunities for marae hapū to grow and prosper.  

In conceptual terms, wherever this happens for marae and hapū is Ture Paewhenua.

Te Ture Paewhenua came from a description of Te Manaaki Taiao (TMT) core work by a Rūnanganui kaumatua; laying out of issues before marae to enable decision-making, local solutions by and for Māori.   A capability-building programme would also lay out the steps, skills and information for good asset management. 

The results of the Whānau Development and Research Project (WDARP 2006) commissioned by Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) and involving all Heretaunga marae clearly indicated issues ten years ago around planning, leadership, succession and in other areas.  The project findings resulted in a number of resources being developed to assist marae build capability, one of which was the Marae Toolkit.

A Shared Outcomes Framework for whānau lists outcome domains as follows: knowledge; health, participation in community; engagement with te ao Māori; standards of living; relationships; built and natural environment; health (environmental). Whānau outcome domains and frameworks easily fit the marae situation.  We are confident an outcomes-based programme such as Ture Paewhenua encourages marae and supports hapū development. 

In our planning we asked questions of the rūnanganui, for example:

  • What are the quality of life conditions marae and hapū aspire to? 
  • What would these conditions look like if we could see them? 
  • How can we measure these conditions?
  • What do we propose to do?

The Ture Paewhenua (TPW) programme was a product of the values-based partnership between Te Rūnanganui o Heretaunga, Te Manaaki Taiao and Te Haaro board of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, whose collective aim is to shift from solely activities and outputs, to outcomes i.e.

“We shape the support that we need.”

“We reach our goals.”

A pilot module was delivered from June to September 2016 to gauge if targeted outcomes would be successfully reached, as proved to be the case.  The pilot reiterated that marae are at varying stages of preparedness and that outcomes need to arrive without compromised values and loss of marae hapū mana motuhake. Local leaders presented a discourse on the overarching values before follow-up workshops, setting a kaupapa learning and workshopping mode for each.  

Marae response to participating in the pilot and their feedback indicate such a programme was timely and of great help to them, certainly a catalyst to get whānau in wānanga and workshop mode, voicing their aspirations and working together towards ‘downloading’ them into working plans for the future.

The programme content, wananga and workshops were delivered to the other Heretaunga marae in 2017 and 2018 in formats responsive to the needs and availability of those participating.

A report of the pilot programme outputs and outputs can be read here 

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