We will teach you about tūpuna parenting mātauranga, grounded in the tapu and mana of pēpi, and give you tools to share these kōrero with whānau as part of your daily practice.
You will be able to inspire and empower them to be gentle, respectful and loving parents and whānau, just like our tūpuna were.
Our tūpuna were gentle and respectful parents and whānau, before the colonials imposed their parenting on Māori.
Once Were Warriors was not how we parented. We were great warriors, but those warriors were raised gently.
Helping whānau finding inspiring stories from their whakapapa, or sharing our tūpuna stories can empower them to parent differently.
that pēpi are born with, the foundations of tūpuna parenting, starting with the atua (spirit world).
Including whakatauki, waiata oriori, atua pūrākau and early explorer accounts.
and tūpuna parenting ways, guiding you on a personal journey.
situations so you can provide practical advice to the whānau you support.
considering different whānau, ages/stages of pēpi and tamariki, and varying backgrounds you will encounter.
that you will use to support including this kaupapa into your daily practice with whānau.
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou
Inspired by her mother’s and grandmother’s work, Elizabeth is applying her years of experience in user experience, designing for customers and strategy planning to this kaupapa. Her very technical background was as a software developer (BSc(Hons)) and Roboticist (MEngSc) before moving into strategy, leadership and planning roles. She learnt about tūpuna parenting ways in detail from her Mum in the years before Helen passed away. Elizabeth’s other mahi is as māmā to three tamariki, who she treasures and adores.
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata
As well as being Chairman for this kaupapa, Dr Kaa is Archdeacon for Mātauranga in the Anglican Church and a social justice advocate. He is passionate about child welfare, just as his father, Dr Hone Kaa, was before him. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Auckland and is author of an award-winning book, Te Hāhi Mihinare – The Māori Anglican Church, about iwi engagement with Christianity and how Māori adapted it to make it our own.
Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
Ashleigh has been a Maori Health Worker within Waikato communities since 2016 and became interested in tūpuna parenting after she had her matamua. She is māmā to three tamariki now, aged 8, 7 and 6. When the opportunity to learn more about this kaupapa in-depth through Ngākau Aroha Parenting arose, Ashleigh jumped at the chance and was part of our very first cohort in 2021. She has been sharing the kaupapa with whānau, both online and in face-to-face wānanga, ever since. Ashleigh then went on to train as a Ngākau Aroha facilitator, helping prepare other kaimahi to share the kaupapa with the whānau they work with.
Ngati Uenukukopako, Te Roro o te Rangi, Te Arawa
Tania carries a passion for whānau Māori and their tamariki. She has a Bachelor of Education and taught in early childhood education and primary schools in Tāmaki Makaurau for 6 years. She then became a Māori community health worker in Porirua for several years before. As well as being Kaiako for our kaupapa, her other mahi is working in Māori capability with iwi around Aotearoa. Tania is a wife and Māmā of 3 aged 12,5 and 2 who she enjoys spending her time with. Tania completed Ngākau Aroha in 2022 and trained to become a facilitator shortly after.
Ngāti Toa Rangatira
Jo-Maitera joins our Kaiako team who is also a busy Māmā passionate about our kaupapa, holistic healing modalities including Kaha Ra, Reflexology and Mirimiri, is a Mental Health advocate and a support for whānau in the disability sector. She has both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Massey University, and graduated from Ngākau Aroha Parenting in 2022. She inherently lives within Te Ao Māori tikanga and kawa and incorporates our kaupapa within her own whānau, iwi and hapū, and the whānau she supports. Jo-Maitera is dedicated to supporting Māmā and Pēpē and maternal mental health for indigenous wāhine mā, supporting individuals and whānau to reach their potential and currently facilitates a rongoā programme in Te Whanganui-a-tara. She will be a Kaiako for our Ngākau Aroha Parenting cohorts going forward.
Our people have a beautiful and inspiring whakapapa of traditional indigenous parenting that is whānau centered, gentle and loving.
Ka pai, we’re happy to customise the learning journey for the rohe, hapū and iwi that you’re in. Message us and we can have a hui about your needs.