Te Hiringa Hauora funded us to develop our website, establish or marketing activities and deliver Ngākau Aroha Parenting, our professional development journey. They published this article in December 2021 after the launch of this website.
Tūpuna Parenting shares knowledge about Māori approaches to raising children from pre-European and early contact periods, as an inspiration for modern day parenting. The website is part of a movement to improve whānau wellbeing, parenting confidence and lessen stress.
“The gentle and respectful practices of our tūpuna are as relevant today as they were 200 years ago,” says Elizabeth Emere Harte (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou), co-founder of the Tūpuna Parenting movement.
“Upholding tūpuna values means people can reflect and be guided by their ancestors as they raise their own whānau. The idea is to empower them with quality information and gentle, attentive, relevant role models to achieve lasting change for tamariki”.
The Tūpuna Parenting website features whakataukī, early explorer accounts and mātauranga that whānau, hapū and iwi have retained over generations. Professionals who support families in the health, social welfare and education sectors can also find resources on how kaupapa Māori parenting can strengthen their work with whānau.
“We all want the best for our whānau. Our tūpuna can help us achieve it” says Elizabeth.
To read the full article, visit Te Hiringa Hauora’s website.