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Brainwave launch Tiakina te Tamaiti: Workshop aimed at Whanau Maori

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Brainwave Trust Aotearoa officially launched the Tiakina te Tamaiti Workshop at Auckland University’s Waipapa Marae on Thursday, 5 September.

Tiakina te Tamaiti has been specifically designed for a whânau Mâori audience with the incorporation of te reo Mâori me ona tikanga, whakataukî, pûrakau Mâori and imagery from a Mâori world view.

The half-day workshop answers the need from professional organisations working with whânau and provides an opportunity to engage parents and whânau in ways that will motivate and inspire them to give their tamariki the best possible start in life.

"We hope to complement the work that parents and professionals are already doing to help our tamariki to thrive" says Kaihautu/Chief Executive Huia Hanlen. "Tiakina te Tamaiti helps people understand from a scientific perspective how children can be shaped by experiences - and how we can help

(or get in the way of) the healthy development of a child. It can be a powerful motivator for parents/whânau to make the most of opportunities to help their children grow well.

A key part of the event was to acknowledge the input from the Kaitohutohu group who provided advice and guidance. We are very grateful to Dr Cherryl Smith, Dr Takirirangi Smith, Dr Hinemoa Elder, Timoti Harris, Dr André

McLachlan, for their constructive expertise in helping us to develop Tiakina te Tamaiti" says Huia.

Tiakina te Tamaiti is a positive and empowering workshop designed to focus the participants on the needs of tamariki, and specific goals parents/whânau can set to support the wellbeing or oranga/hauora of each and every tamaiti/child. Tiakina te Tamaiti is accessible to all, no knowledge of te reo is needed.

Workshop creator André Ngâpô (Ngâti Porou ki Hauraki, Ngâti Tamaterâ, Ngâti Awa) says, "We don’t shy away about talking through the tough stuff, things that can get in the way of a child’s healthy development. But these conversations are set-up in a non-judgemental way, always coming back to the perspective of the child, their mana and tapu, and the potential of all parents/whânau to provide the kinds of opportunities that will help their tamariki grow well" he says.

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