Webinar: Aroha in action – keeping mokopuna safe

This Tākai Kōrero webinar from 7 December 2022 features Anthony-Quinn Cowley, Tampy Bernard and Tautoko Ratu. They share how they support whānau to build their village during the summer period and have courageous conversations about mokopuna safety.

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Anthony-Quinn Cowley, Talking Matters

Anthony-Quinn Cowley is a Talking Matters community activator based in Te Whakatōhea, Ōpōtiki. He is passionate about te reo Māori, , and kapa haka, and that tamariki are passed down the knowledge and communication skills needed to thrive. His knowledge of comes from experience as a young father in a mainstream bilingual setting and a background teaching performing arts through te reo Māori.

Tampy Bernard, Talking Matters

Tampy, who has four children, jumped on board the Talking Matters movement in 2019. After seeing the impact of the initiative on his own whānau, Tampy became a whānau-to-whānau coach with Talking Matters. Tampy is a fluent speaker of Gagana Sāmoa and is driven to see children have equal education opportunities in Aotearoa. Tampy brings with him 10 years’ experience advocating for the rights of Pacific and Māori in the workplace as a frontline senior union delegate.

Tautoko Ratu, Maataatoa

Born and raised in Te Pito o te ao, Te Pa o Waiwhetu and descendant of Te Atiawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tautoko Ratu is a husband and father to 6 tamariki and 1 mokopuna. A boisterous disruptor with a low-key competitive nature, Tautoko enjoys spending his free time on impromptu adventures with his tamariki in the . Tautoko shares an equal parenting role with his wife, while also being responsible for managing the hostel and students at Te Aute College.

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