Our kaupapa is our sense of vision, our philosophy, the fundamental principles which guide our mahi (work). At Te Puna we strive to fufil our kaupapa in all that we do.
Our Mission Statement
To make Te Raki Paewhenua and New Zealand a better place for our children and our Children's children.
To strive for equality and fairness, working in partnership with friends and allies who share our values, creating our own successes with skill and passion
Celebrating differences, nourishing opportunities for action, and being leaders in everything we do.
Our Vision Statement
Confident, Capable and Healthy Whanau restoring their tapu and their mana
TPH Best Practice Model
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TPH Kaupapa and History
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These whakatauki underpin the kaupapa Maori component of Te Puna's model. The attitude of practice must reflect the spirit contained in this whakatauki, entwined throughout delivery at every level.
He mea nui? - he tangata, he tangata, he tangata
What is the greatest thing? - it is people, it is people, it is people
He aha te huarahi? - i runga, i te TIKA, te PONO, me te AROHA.
What is the pathway? - it is doing what is right with integrity and compassion.
The efforts of Te Puna Hauora services are underpinned in Tika, Pono and Aroha.
TIKA - the agreed pathway is a shared understanding and vision, to support clients, internal/allied colleagues and our organisations to achieve maximum potential with equity
PONO - our decisions are underpinned by, and made with integrity
AROHA - compassion to care enough for those affected by inequalities and to challenge comfort zones in an effort to make a healthy difference for the population we are funded to serve
Te Puna Hauora kaupapa, tikanga and kawa are embodied in the traditional concept of whanaungatanga. We pay tribute to Pa Henare Tate, who is the author and teacher of this inspirational concept. Whanaungatanga encapsulates the tikanga of tapu, mana, and their expression through the principles of tika, pono and aroha. The following explanations for tapu, mana, tika, pono and aroha, are scribed from a 1999 hui conducted by Pa Henare Tate in 'whanaungatanga':
Tapu can be broken down into three perspectives. Firstly there is the intrinsic tapu or sacredness of being, for instance 'te tapu i te atua' (the tapu/sacredness of god/s), 'te tapu i te tangata' (the tapu/sacredness of people), 'te tapu i te whenua' (the tapu/sacredness of earth).
The underlying principle here is that all living things (birds, rocks, tress etc) have an intrinsic sacredness. Secondly, there is the tapu/sacredness of relationships between atua, tangata and whenua. Therefore the intrinsic sacredness of both a person and the earth must be acknowledged and respected in any relationship between them. Many believe that the relationship between people and earth is validated through the relationship between people and god/s. A person breaching the relationship with the earth via abuse i.e. burying toxic waste, is in effect also breaching their relationship with atua as well as whenua.
Thirdly there are tapu or sacredness as relating to tapu/restrictions. These restrictions support and enforce the intrinsic tapu and relationship tapu. An example of this kind of tapu would be 'rahui'. Rahui is a limit or ban on use of a particular resource which is put in place either to protect the resource or people. Mana is the spiritual power that creates, produces and restores tapu. It can be expressed in a number of ways including: Mana-whakahaere is the spiritual power and authority of people to order and determine their own lives according to tika, pono and aroha. Mana-tuku is the spiritual power and authority of those with tapu and mana to share of themselves and their resources with others. Aroha is the principle under-pinning mana-tuku. Manaaki is the act of sharing.
Mana is also authority, prestige, honour bestowed by atua of people upon individuals or representatives.
Tika can be defined as the principle concerned with the right ordering of relationships, among atua, tangata and whenua, the right response to those relationships and the right exercise of mana. In other words the right way to do things
Pono is the principle that seeks to reveal reality and to achieve integrity of relationships. In other words it calls for honesty and integrity in all that we do. Aroha is the principle of expressing empathy, compassion and joy for others in all that we do.
Tika, pono and aroha are the principles of action by which we exercise tapu and mana. If one wants to have mana, one must first seek after tapu. To possess tapu one must exercise tika, pono, aroha.