Our manawa, our heart flows through the fabric of our organisation, in our name, vision, kaupapa and tikanga.
Waka hourua is the embedded expression of our manawa.
A waka hourua has two equal sized hulls that stabilise and propel a vessel through open seas, to afford seafarers the ability to acquire new skills and locate new opportunities.
Embodying this analogy, Kia Puāwai is the ocean voyaging vessel, with two equal hulls - te ao Māori and te ao Tauiwi knowledge - ensuring that we are seaworthy and fit for purpose. To enliven our heartfelt belief that all tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau deserve to thrive.
Our organisational waka must be seaworthy and fit to serve its people – Waka Hourua propels us forward.
Waka Hourua represents the next stage of a journey started in 2009. It provides us with clarity of purpose, an approach that enables us to understand the wider environment within which we sail.
Waka Hourua is about connection. It provides the opportunity to connect our kaimahi, tamariki, rangatahi, whānau and communities in a deeper and more meaningful way that creates lasting relationships.
Our waka hourua metaphor allows us to focus and realise our aspiration to draw from te ao Māori and te ao Tauiwi to strengthen wellbeing, mana and wairua of all who come to Kia Puāwai. The way we lead and deliver services will be enriched equally with these two knowledge sets - our two hulls of the waka.
Te Waka Hourua strategy ensures that each knowledge base is understood and enacted throughout the whole of the organisation, ultimately for the betterment of all who are supported by our services.
To support our Waka Hourua strategy, we have embarked on renewing our organisational identity. Our new Kia Puāwai tohu or logo is a visualisation of our ingoa, and our promise to help people grow, flourish, and prosper.
Our tohu, it flows like water, connecting land and forests through rivers and lakes.
It connects to the sky through rainwater. It connects us to each other, and to the ebbs and flows of our inner selves.
It represents the wake of a waka, the many converging strands of knowledge, relationships, and partnerships that we all navigate. It reminds us of our responsibilities and the manaakitanga that comes with it.