The Whakatipu series of 8 booklets covers the stages of children’s development through pregnancy to 5 years old. It weaves together mātauranga Māori, child development information, ideas for activities, waiata and pakiwaitara.
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Booklets in the series
There are 4 stages and 8 booklets in the series. The stages use the model of growing plants – going from a seed, to a seedling, to a sapling and then a young tree.
Te Kākano – Conception to birth
Te Pihinga 1 – Birth to 6 months
Te Pihinga 2 – 7 to 12 months
Te Pihinga 3 – 13 to 18 months
Te Kōhuri 1 – 19 months to 2 years
Te Kōhuri 2 – 2 years to 2 and a half
Te Kōhuri 3 – 2 and a half to 3 years
Te Māhuri – 3 to 5 years
What’s in the booklets
‘What’s happening’ sections describe a period of time in the development of pēpi and tamaiti. Each section starts with a whakataukī, followed by ‘Pēpi says’ or ‘Tamaiti says’, and ‘Whānau say’ pages.
These pages tell us the main things that might be happening for pēpi, tamaiti and whānau during this time. They often highlight all the wonderful things going on inside the brain as pēpi grows.
The ‘Kaitiaki pēpi’ sections introduce simple tikanga Māori ideas and practices that whānau might like to know more about or think about for themselves.
Whānau do not need to take up the ideas and practices at the age and stage they are introduced. They can do that at any time that suits them and their pēpi.
Ngā tohu whānau
‘Ngā tohu whānau’ are also known as the 6 principles. Each booklet has age appropriate ideas for how whānau can encourage the health and wellbeing of their pēpi, tamaiti and whānau. You could also use these sections as a way of summarising what the booklet describes in other ways.
The booklets also have lots of other information and interesting activities.
- ‘Ngā taonga tākaro’ – simple play ideas for pēpi and whānau to enjoy, learn and strengthen their relationship with each other.
- ‘Waiata kohungahunga’ and pakiwaitara.
- Useful tips and reminders for whānau relevant to the age and stage.
- ‘Tōku reo, tōku ohooho’ – a page to record special things about pēpi that you’d like to remember and share with them when they’re older.
Using the booklets
Whakatipu booklets provide a whānau-friendly resource for whānau supporters to have conversations about almost every parenting and child development topic in the early years.
Suggest to whānau that you look at a booklet together. Start with the ‘What’s happening’ section that matches the age their pēpi is now. Here are some example questions you might use when exploring the booklets and talking with whānau.