Roundtable for Āhurutia Te Rito | It Takes A Village

A wahine standing an a podium presenting with a screen in the background

Elizabeth Harte was invited to be a keynote speaker at a gathering of 50+ diverse experts on perinatal and maternal mental health at Parliament on Tuesday 20 September, as part of our Āhurutia Te Rito It takes a village project led by Associate Fellow Dr Holly Walker. As well as Holly and myself, Dr Hinemoa Elder and Dr Felicia Lowe also spoke on the day.

The aim of the day was to generate a shared vision for the future of perinatal and whānau wellbeing in Aotearoa NZ, and identify concrete next steps for policy change to advance this vision.

The day was a follow-up from the work done with the report back in April 2022. Below are some illustrations developed by live illustrators on the day to summarise the themes raised by our keynote speakers and by participants in the group discussions. They also describe the vision and policy direction that is needed in order to make progress and better support new parents.

We’ve just included 2 of them below, the one for Tūpuna Parenting and the vision and policy direction illustration.

It was an inspiring and encouraging day to be a part of, and I’m grateful to have been included with such an esteemed and supportive group.

If you would like to find out more about the day, including reviewing all the presenters’ slides and resulting illustrations, go to the Helen Clark Foundation’s website.