Aroha in action hui: Whakawātea – supporting healing

This panel discussion from the Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023 features Ranginui Rikirangi-Thomas, Crystal Pekepo, and Ngarino Te Waati. They discuss the concept of whakawātea to support healing, with examples of how they practice it in their lives.

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Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023: Whakawātea Supporting Healing (transcript)


Ranginui Rikirangi-Thomas, Toi Tangata

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Ranginui

Te reo Māori and the worldview it provides has been Ranginui’s companion in all walks of life. He aspires to give back to the puna that has made invaluable contributions to who he is today. Ranginui has experience in teaching te reo Māori in the secondary and tertiary sectors, as well as health and physical education within kura. You'll often find Ranginui in the ocean diving for kaimoana or in the bush doing some sort of mahinga kai. If not there, you will find him at a gym or spending time with his whānau.

Crystal Pekepo-Ratu, Maataatoa

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Vara

Crystal is a wife, māmā to 6 tamariki and nanny to 1 mokopuna. Crystal has participated in a number of research projects sharing kaupapa Māori approaches and methodologies to co-design and social design. Crystal works across multiple spaces from Māori public health and the social sector and advocates in natural environmental spaces. Her superpower is working alongside communities sharing pūrākau and mātauranga Māori, unleashing their potential in the most caring and resourceful ways that unlocks ihi, wehi and wana.

Ngarino Te Waati, Te Whare Āio

Waikato Tainui, Te Waiohua, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngati Awa, Te Arawa

Ngarino Te Waati is a cultural advisor, holistic development coordinator, and owner of Te Whare Āio Ltd. He is a versatile kaihaka with skills in kapa haka, Māori movement, weaponry, taonga puoro, directing, acting and presenting. Āio is a specific tool he has used to bring ancient traditions of wellbeing into a modern context. Over the last three years, Ngarino has been dedicated to bringing the life force back for whānau to thrive and rise utilising wānanga mātauranga and tohu āio.

Noel Woods, Mana Mokopuna Children and Young People's Commission

Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Ruahinerangi

A passionate advocate for young people, Noel Woods collaborates closely with whānau, hapū, iwi and communities to unlock their potential. A pā boy raised at Waiwhetū Marae, he embodies te reo and tikanga Māori, and has a passion for the revitilisation of te reo Māori through music, video, stage performance and education. As Pou Whakahaere at Mana Mokopuna Children and Young People's Commission, he leads the Mata Māori team, championing Te Tiriti o Waitangi and mātauranga Māori. With a diverse background in teaching, youth work, music and event management, Noel thrives on community, kaupapa Māori, youth, and creative expression.

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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