Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu: Wave 4 and 5

Project background

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has continued to evolve its support for whānau, utilising a range of targeted solutions to respond to specific opportunities and needs identified through the research and innovation and whānau capability workstreams. Previous evaluations have demonstrated the social and economic impact and return on investment of the commissioning approach (Savage et al., 2016; 2017). 

What we did

Three evaluators visited the 18 Wave 4 and 5 initiatives over a period of six weeks. In total, 39 interviews were conducted. Where possible whānau who were architects of the initiatives and whānau who had benefited from the initiatives were interviewed. Critical success indicators for the initiatives that have achieved significant social impact were identified. These are social entrepreneurship, capability building, networking, sustainability, personal investment, communicating value and targeted to an area of need. 


There is evidence across the three evaluations that the whānau commissioning model is emancipatory and deeply rooted in a communitarian approach which emphasises compassion, social obligation and mutual determination. The social enterprises and innovations that have been successful demonstrate how whānau can work together to create a community of change leveraging resources, capabilities and cultural strengths.

Find out how we can help

We’ll work with you to find out what’s working, where investment could be put to best use or how to improve anything not going to plan. We can help you define success and set tangible, measurable goals. And we talk in real language so you can understand and engage with the findings. We engage with the community to conduct community research and consultations for private companies, trusts, government agencies, NGOs and more. But we have a special interest in research that has a purpose - to better society and teach lessons. We aim to help those we work with build capacity to enact positive change.