He Tohu Ora - May Update

He Tohu Ora – Regional Wellbeing

Nga mihi nunui ki a koutou katoa! We would really like to say a big thanks to everyone who has supported our regional wellbeing project by telling us what really matters to you.  

We’ve had an in depth look over everything gathered and here are some of the key themes around what you’ve told us!

  • That the happiness and wellbeing of our children and young people really matter to us
  • Our whanau, families and communities are healthy & safe.  We want access to good services and facilities. 
  • Job security, good incomes , being valued and good work/life balance is also tops
  • People to people – strong, lasting and healthy relationships and connections right across our communities is important
  • Thinking across generations past, now and future (inter-generational)
  • Engaging and sharing in knowledge, learning, information, technology
  • We love our place, we love Tairāwhiti,  our environment and access to our natural world
  • We know there are people that are not experiencing a good life. Why? What are we doing? What aren’t we doing?

Your input is really helping us to build our Trust Tairāwhiti regional wellbeing framework.  And this is important because it also drives our decision making processes. We’re trying to build resilience into the framework while also allowing room for agility and adaptation if things change, or things need to be improved.  By the end of July we’ll be sharing out what the framework looks like. 

Until then, we will continue to tell you what we’ve heard and give you some insights into the project and people we met over this time.  And over the next couple of months, we hope to connect back directly to all of you that gave your time to talk to us.   


Trust Tairāwhiti has made the decision to refocus our funding over the coming months, to address the emerging needs of families/whanau and businesses where Covid-19 has had a negative impact. 

No closing dates will apply, and applications will be considered on their individual merits, alongside the Trust’s wellbeing priorities.  For organisations that have recently had an application approved, or have already commenced work on an application, we encourage you to talk to us to consider any changes this situation has enforced. We want to be flexible, so discussion points may include:

  • Ideas where funds can go to the highest need, rather than necessarily spending it on the activity outlined in the original contract;
  • Reducing reporting requirements;
  • Extending reporting and spending deadlines.

Trust Tairāwhiti consider the following as priority areas for COVID-19 related initiatives in the coming months:

  • Community groups or business that support vulnerable members of our region, and currently face a lack of resource or foresee a lack of resource.
  • Organisations that have the capability to help prevent or mitigate the risks to human wellbeing, which may result from COVID-19.
  • Groups solving problems that COVID-19 has made significantly worse.
  • Volunteers supporting those in self isolation, with basic needs not being met, as a result of COVID-19.
  • New and emerging ideas to support the region, communities or groups in the emerging situation, which contribute to improving regional wellbeing

Social Sector Organisations Providing Essential Services

MSD have now compiled a list of social sector organisations providing essential services.  This list continues to be updated.  MSD advise that if you are an iwi, Māori or social sector organisation that delivers an essential service and you have not been contacted by a government agency, let them know by email at . 

Click here to see the list

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