Finding a life of purpose through Koha Kai

Seven years ago Janice Lee (Ngāti Porou, Ngai Tahu) was employed as a support worker for a disability NGO in Invercargill – watching their clients receive some support but then just moving on to another disability organisation: there was no road to independence. So she decided to do something about it.

The Muse – creating connections and community

The Muse Community Music Trust in Otautahi Christchurch is challenging people’s view of themselves as musicians. Many of the people who join classes and choirs often believe they are too old, too young, or not talented enough to be real musicians. When you look at the Trust’s website, it says that they believe that music is not a question of talent, rather it is lack of opportunity that divides ‘musicians’ from ‘non-musicians’. They believe competition doesn’t belong in art, and that we learn best when we are having fun and we feel safe.

ĀPŌPŌ – a cultural community with a global pathway

When ĀPŌPŌ established their premises in Wellington eight months ago, they chose the place carefully: it is on the site of the old Te Aro Pa, opposite what is becoming Wellington’s big new event centre, across the road from Te Papa, and alongside Xero and Trademe. “We are beside New Zealand’s best,” says Miriame Barbarich (Tamahaki – Ngāti Hinekura, Ngā Puhi – Ngai-tū-te-auru), one of the co-founders, “And we have a maunga to raise our aspirations towards, the moana to draw on its kaha and mana to drive initiatives over the line.”

The UMMA Trust – building relationships and pathways

Auckland’s UMMA Trust, which was established in Auckland 18 years ago, provides services for former refugee and migrant communities, with a focus on the wellbeing of Muslim women, children and families who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

UMMA is an Arabic word that means – a world Muslim community. And while the Trust supports former refugees and migrants by reaching them through their own cultures and languages, their programmes are designed to support the challenging process of settlement.

Ngāti Hauai – removing barriers and creating opportunities

Ko te piko o te māhuri tērā te tupu o te rākau - The way the sapling is bent is the way in which it will grow