|Hawke's Bay launch of Te Punanga Haumaru|
|Thursday, 07 June 2012 15:51|
Hon Tariana Turia
There is a reason I keep returning to your midst and it has a lot to do with what you call the Virtues Project, or the four Cs.
Those fours Cs are :
• Courtesy Commitment Courage Co-operation
I see these qualities in rich abundance whenever I am with you.
I hear the teachers thanking students for asking a good question.
I love the way every child is greeted when they enter the school – that basic respect and love for one another.
When anyone comes to you with an issue the question is not “what’s the matter?”. The question is “what matters to you?”.
Today I want to talk about a fifth C – and that is confidence.
You might have heard of Henry Ford – the founder of the Ford Motor Car Company. He once said, ‘whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are probably right’.
The great painter, Vincent van Gogh, said something pretty similar - If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Here in Hastings Intermediate, you have your own heroes and champions, entrepreneurs and superstars, who surround you with love and encourage you to believe in yourself.
I heard a story about one young man who grew up in Havelock North’s Lipscombe Crescent, living a life which was scarred with sadness and hardship. This young man was taken into foster care at a young age – about nine or ten.
And the world will be better for this
The song sung that day by our very own local hero Henare O’Keefe was called the Impossible Dream.
And the young boy – is international opera singer Phillip Rhodes
In a recent article he talked about that song – “I thought, that’s the man I want to be”.
Reading that comment, I thought how fabulous, that one moment in his childhood, one song that was sung, had the power to set him on his pathway to the future.
It is about facing the challenges and going forward with confidence.
Today we are announcing a fund and an approach we are calling Te Punanga Haumaru.
Te Punanga Haumaru means, literally, a haven to rest and restore – a place of safety, where we can be warm and secure.
As uri of Whanganui, I often return to the awa, to be cleansed by the waters, purified by the winds of Tawhirimatea – and to feel safe and at home.
And my greatest hope is that every home would be this place of respite; a place to heal; to build confidence; to strengthen ourselves.
Te Punanga Haumaru is a whanau-centred fund that provides three million dollars each year for families and communities to come together and work out ways that they can support their children.
I don’t want to use today to relitigate the stories of bullying, of abuse, of violence that far too often find their way onto our news-wires.
It is about making sure our mokopuna and tamariki are safe and emotionally resilient - to invest in them to develop to their full potential.
I know this funding will not only give parents and families and communities the tools and information they need to deal with problems but will empower them to come up with what works best for them and their children. It is about allowing all of our tamariki to sparkle and shine not only when the sun is out, but when clouds come over and obscure our view.I thank you all for the inspiration you provide to me. May every child know the wonder of achieving the impossible dream.