Explore kaupapa / Te mana o ngā tīpuna Tīpuna parenting

Tīpuna parenting is a journey to awaken the Māori DNA of whānau. It’s about reclaiming traditional, Māori parenting styles that supports the growth of pēpi, tamariki and whānau.

Our tīpuna in pre-colonial times encouraged strong whānau connections, nurturing and developing tamariki within te ao Māori, a Māori world.

Pepi are born with mana

Pēpi are born with mana from atua, the spirit world. Tīpuna saw pēpi as tapu, sacred. When europeans arrived to Aotearoa they saw how tīpuna Māori cared for our tamariki like taonga

Channel your tīpuna and keep your cool

Elizabeth Harte

Connecting through pūrākau

Pūrākau and pakiwaitara are stories that are passed down through generations.

These are simple ways to connect pēpi and whānau to whakapapa, by talking and listening. Reconnecting to whakapapa can be as a simple as looking into te taiao, the natural world, to start to share stories.

Oriori are traditional waiata

Oriori are often sung to children and hold significant stories about whakapapa. They may mark significant events including pregnancy, birth, retribution or reciprocity. Where they’re used to soothe a pēpi to sleep, oriori are sometimes called lullabies.

Whānau use a range of tikanga Māori practices during the birth of their pēpi. The singing or chanting of oriori might be one of these, as a newborn emerges and is welcomed into the ‘world of light’.

Learn more about oriori during pregnancy and birth