//Hello World from Matariki Stars!

Hello World from Matariki Stars!

Matariki Stars ~ is all about you!

Ratonga Tanga Manawa

(to rest ones heart / to make possible)

We aim to; Help eliminate poverty ~ House ~ Empower ~ Grow ~

Create Collaborative & Non-Violent Communities.

We aim to help people from all walks of life – in need. The ultimate goal is to eliminate violence and poverty. Our highest priority is to ease the effects of homelessness and to care and protect our most vulnerable. Of particular concern are our young people 8 – 25 years, those at high risk of poor outcomes, unsafe or unsanitary living situations, our displaced or marginalized community members and those who are at a greater risk of under-achieving or failing to thrive.

We will be working together to help find long term, sustainable, targeted individualized plans. To help move individuals and or families forward to be a stronger and more economically sustainable household. To be accepted, respected and strengthened to move forward in life to grow and achieve the sustainable lifestyle you and your family desire.

Quoting Mother Theresa; ” We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for, is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty”.

Our first message is to YOU – our most valued and precious gift, trying to do the best you can with the resources you have. Maybe right now you are on struggle street, or just struggling. Perhaps you are feeling for someone you know and want to help but don’t know how. You are not alone – we have ways that we can help.

Welcome to our brand new website, please be patient as we build it. As a new emerging service provider, we are in transition ourselves, working on the systems and organisational set up. The plan is to be available soon, to help people who are struggling right now with the housing crisis.

The First order of business is to apply for central government funding. We are doing exactly that and responding to an Invitation to Partner with Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to provide Emergency & Transitional Housing and Social Services. This is the first of its kind in the Western Bay of Plenty.

There are a lot of passionate people and services already working in your community. Our aim is to add a  wealth of information and resources, a toolkit of contacts and services that can help you right now! [link coming soon]

We value your support and the support of community members who have opened their hearts helping to feed and shelter those living rough and under the stars. We will have opportunities for making donations. Rest assured any funds will be channeled into worthwhile projects that will help the community. We will also be building opportunities for people who want to contribute in a variety of other meaningful ways; sharing ideas, food, clothing, clean usable housing goods, support, training, workshops, including voluntary and paid work opportunities. One of our first, and immediate area of business development is to establish Emergency and Transitional housing options in Te Puke.

We are collaborating with the community and partnering with EmpowermentNZ Chariatable Trust.

The first projects to be established will be;

  •  a ‘Nightshelter’ for those in need (for individual men and women) and otherwise living under the stars this will be a CBD location.
  • Emergency and Transitional Housing” options (and Support Services) located within walking distance from Te Puke CBD. We are planning to provide accommodation for 5 – 7 households, include children, we are also hoping to provide for an additional 4 – 6 individuals men and 4 – 6 women (without children) who will must first qualify under our ‘co-housing safe as’ policy. These people may need to be on the ‘social housing register’ and will need to have a housing assessment.
  • Social Services will include, assessment processes, advocacy, budgeting, referrals to other existing services as appropriate.
  • Support groups, youth development services, workshops & other training opportunities

Unfortunately this ‘assessment’ is the process, but please contact us so we can arrange for someone to support you through this process and help access the best and most suitable solution to meet your needs.

Accessing services is a huge problem for many, but please do not give up! We are establishing supportive networks to support you, through a collective of volunteers who may have experienced their own form of ‘struggle street’ and want to help others get through the rough.

Matariki Stars Community Charitable Trust. We have a Trust Deed, a Trust Board, made up of community members all currently Te Puke residents; Tracey Wallace-Hutchins, Wallace Watson and Les Hart. In the meantime we are planning to ‘register the charitable trust’ as many more projects are in the pipeline.

We have loads of ideas in our minds and so many ways that we can help one another, possibly in helping a family to build their own home, providing opportunities to help keep idle hands busy and gaining new skills, increasing ones view about themselves (self esteem), and strengthen their opinions about being better able to grow strong children, youth, individuals, families and communities to not just survive but THRIVE!

Why Matariki Stars?

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The two meanings of Matariki both refer to stars: mata ariki (eyes of god) and mata riki (little eyes)

The reappearance of Matariki stars*, in late May or early June, signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. …  The end of the old, and beginning of the fresh New year. Heralding time for a new start – a bountiful new harvest, the letting go of old unproductive ways, give thanks and share in the bountiful harvest…   (*according to most, but not all, Maori to be seven stars, although academics now believe there are actually nine stars not just seven as previously believed.


Titiwai – Our Glow Worm story

Creative visualizations can help inspire and motivate

Just as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, contributes to our understanding that humans need to have basic needs met in order to achieve greater human needs, before achieving a state of self actualization… I propose to adopt, adapt and reboot his theory inspired by and adopting  and imagine our NZ ‘glow worm’ to explain. People, I believe, regardless of nurture or nature, ability or disability, can all live productive and full lives and are most fulfilled and satisfied when are positively contributing to the lives of others.  Imagine if you will my story about glow worms…

Spellbound by the sense of wonder, hope, imagination and an inkling of something magical… glow worms (titiwai) are the larvae (maggots) they send out a silk thread with a tiny mucus droplet – glow-worm shines very brightly in order to attract and catch nutrients required to be sustained, and progress through the life cycle. (this is equally true for humans, we need to do.). In New Zealand, glow-worms are the lavae (maggots) of a special kind of fly known as a fungus gnat. Fungus gnats look rather like mosquitoes, and most feed on mushrooms and other fungi. However, a small group of fungus gnats are carnivores, and the worm-like larvae of these species use their glowing lights to attract small flying insects into a snare of sticky threads. One species Arachnocampa luminosa, is found throughout New Zealand. Hundreds of Arachnocampa larvae may live side by side on a damp sheltered surface, such as the roof of a cave or an overhanging bank in the forest. Their lights resemble a star-filled night sky. Maori call them titiwai which refers to lights reflected in water.

Did you know that; The glow-worm tail shines at all stages of its life cycle but the lava (maggot) has the brightest light produced from an organ which is equivalent of a human kidney. Interestingly, glow-worm lines vary greatly in number and length, depending on the size of the lava and where it is living. Forest dwelling glow-worms hang lines that are only 1-2 cm, long because they could get tangled in a breeze and damaged in unprotected environments. However, in the protective, still and nutrient rich air of caves, lines can reach up to 500 cm or half a metre.  Mature larvae may have as many as 70 lines.

I liken this to the state of our social, mental health and housing crisis. Some sectors of society may be so harsh that they can even view homeless, (& other marginalized people) people as ‘maggots of our society’ [“Not in our back yard” mentality]. They are in fact, some our most vulnerable members who are indeed failing to thrive in the unprotected environments – yet if a more supportive and enabling approach was offered, these dull lights can be nurtured, restored to grow and shine as brightly as ever and contribute fully, they will then continue to enable others to grown strong healthy and bright.

I want to offer a beacon of hope – Shine a light on problems, search for solutions and enable everyone to achieve more, to create, re-create to achieve more for ourselves and our children, our living legacy. There is no doubt, our titiwai (glow worms) fascinate adults and children alike.

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