Aroha in action hui: Trauma and the brain

This keynote recording from the Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023 features Deb Rewiri (Ngare Raumati, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Awa, Te Whānāu-ā-Apanui). Whaea Deb talks about how trauma, including family violence, affects the developing brain.

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Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023: Trauma and the brain (transcript)


Deb Rewiri, Brainwave Trust Aotearoa

Ngare Raumati, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Awa, Te Whānāu-ā-Apanui

Deb is passionate about connecting neuroscience and tūpuna parenting, as science is just catching up to indigenous practices pre-colonisation. As a Brainwave Trust kaiako she travels across the motu working with whānau and whānau supporters. Deb has two adult children, four whāngai and four mokopuna.

Maraea Teepa, Tākai

Ngāi Tūhoe

Raised in the beautiful valley of Ruatoki in the heart of Te Urewera, Maraea loves to push boundaries to create better outcomes for whānau and communities in their own styles. Rooted in tikanga and Mātauranga Māori, Maraea uses design tools to activate spaces and create sustainable change. For more than 10 years Maraea has been part of SKIP and now Tākai. At Tākai, Maraea works alongside a small team of community developers and whānau-centred designers.

Aroha in Action Family Start Hui

Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023 was a full-day online hui for Family Start whānau workers. Experienced kaikōrero and practitioners who work with whānau, specialising in family violence and sexual violence shared their knowledge focused on strengthening, responding and healing.

This hui was part of our mahi to support Family Start whānau workers across Aotearoa, a key step to deliver Te Aorerekura – the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence.

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