A kaupapa Māori service for tāngata whaikaha (people with disability) and their whānau that creates ordinary lives of value.
Te Whironui is a unique collaborative approach between Ngāti Ranginui Iwi and Avalon Aotearoa. Te Whironui utilises six life ‘ngā pou’ (domains) that direct focus and emphasis to the aspects of Te Ora Pai , a good life that tāngata whaikaha identify they wish to live.
In mapping out Te Ora Pai of your choosing, your Te Whironui kaiarataki (facilitator) will work with you to gain a full understanding of your strengths, passions, challenges and aspirations in six pou (domains).
Each pou has several waehanga (components) and your kaiarataki will assist you along a progressive pathway to achieve your goals.
The work in each pou is tailored to the unique requirements of each individual and wherever possible community solutions and natural supports are used.
Tinana/Hinengaoro – Wellbeing
Tino Rangatiratanga – Self Agency
Whanaungatanga – Relationships
Auahatanga – Creative Leisure
Kainga Turangawaewae – Home
Mahi – Employment
You can expect Te Whironui to help you:
• Make yourself understood and develop a trusting relationship with your kaiarataki (facilitator)
• Map out Te Ora Pai (the good life) of your choosing
• Develop greater whanaungatanga (sense of belonging) and robust natural support systems and friendships
• Develop mana motuhake (self determination) skills and knowledge for more independence and participation
• Develop valued roles
Āhuatanga (characteristics) of Te Whironui include:
• Tāngata whaikaha (people with disability) are self determining and focused on ordinary life outcomes
• Tūā pā (facilitation) is person-centered, mana-enhancing and upholds a person’s dignity
• Tikanga informs all relationships
• Accessing community opportunities in alignment with goals and aspirations
Ngati Ranginui gifted the name Te Whironui to the service. This is the story of the building of Tākitimu.
Tamatea-ariki-nui (Tamatea the high priest) gave forth the order: ‘Let a giant canoe be made and be called Tākitimu. We will journey far across the seas to this Southern land of which they tell.’
The craftsmen Ruawharo, Tupai and Putahi had their adzes made from stones named Kohurau, Ka-ra, Anewa and Pounamu (greenstone).
The individual adzes were given the names Te Awhiorangi (made out of greenstone), Te Whironui, Rakuraku-o-Tawhaki, Matangirei and Hui-te-rangi-ora. The first adze was extremely tapu, so sacred indeed, that it was not used in any actual work, but was used only in a ceremonial and religious way. Figuratively it was also used to cut a passage through the high seas on the long voyage. Te Whironui was used to carve out the pathway for Tākitimu, thus setting the journey before it happened. Such was the power of the hand of the Tohunga.
— Provided by www.ranginui.co.nz
Contact Kaiarataki Kurt Macalister