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Outstanding Performances at FLAVA 2016


There were some "outstanding" performances at the 10th Flava Festival at the Theatre Royal  a judge says.

Schools from the Mid-South Canterbury region competed in junior and senior sections in kapahaka (traditional dance and waiata), performing arts (waiata, whaikorero, short stage drama, music, and dance) and the visual arts.

Each of the judges assessed the performances with reference to different characteristics, to give a combined score.

"Some had sharp in-sync choreography, it was consistent throughout their bracket, some were producing amazing harmonies.

"Each group had their strengths."

Weepu was also impressed with the size of the some of the groups, noting one had more than 50 performers.

"That's a lot."

Flava project manager Felicity McMillan said the calibre of the performances had improved over the past decade.

"They're stepping it up, every year there seems to be more whanau getting behind the schools as tutors."

This year Te Rito, a group of community organisations driven to change family violence statistics for the better, sponsored a $500 prize for the winning school and a $300 prize for the runners up in both senior and junior school for the visual arts categories.

Ashburton Borough School won the junior kapahaka section, Grantlea Downs School won the junior visual arts award and Bluestone School won the performing arts award.

FLAVA is back in town




Ka Toi Māori o Aoraki was an initiative that derived from the now historical Maori Youth Suicide Prevention strategy, Kia Piki Te Ora o Te Taitamariki. 

Ka Toi Māori o Aoraki is open to all early childhood, primary, secondary schools and tertiary education within the Arowhenua rohe (bordered by the Southern Alps and between the Waitaki & Rakaia rivers). 

We are expecting another well supported event with schools and early childhood centres from the Aoraki region, between the Waitaki and the Rakaia rivers, will take  part in Kapahaka, performing, arts, and contributed to visual arts.

The event will begin at 8.30am! an early start to a fun packed day. 

Hope to see you there!

Tools for a happier life


We are fortunate at  Arowhenua Whanau Services to have a Mental Health Team of two Registered Nurses and a Support Worker to assist our community in dealing with a variety of mental issues affecting our people today.

Mostly we deal with Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Addiction issues, however  we also offer stress /anxiety management which we are seeing higher levels of in the rural sector presently.

There is no limit to the number of sessions and discharge would be when you no longer require the service, you move to another service, you chose to stop the contact.

Our Service is FREE, confidential and available to anyone in the South Canterbury, of any ethnicity, over the age of 12 years.

If this sounds like you or one of your loved ones please contact us on 03 615 5180. We are here to help.



Keeping you and your whānau well

TOL Web Sliders 960x275 export 0004 Enhancing Whanau Health

As we welcome Winter along with the season comes the risk of becoming unwell, due mainly to the amount of colds and flu that are circulating.

To ensure our community stay healthy and well, AWS services offer free Primary Health Care. This includes:

Health Assessments

Health assessments are completed at the time of 1st consultation, followed up by a comprehensive consultation within 2 weeks of the 1st consultation. A care plan is then designed to prioritise your health needs.

Home health visits 

Our nurses can visit you in your home for convenience.

We also have a range of other services from quiting smoking to free flu and HPV vaccinations. Check  out our website for more information http://www.aws.health.nz/services/62-primary-health-care