Webinar: Te ao tākaro – the power of play

This Tākai Kōrero webinar from 19 October 2022 features Crystal Pekepo, Nikki Penetito-Hemara, Liz Neill and Deb Rewiri. They explore creating tikanga around play, building whānau rituals and why play is important for everyone.

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Tākai Kōrero Webinar: Te ao tākaro – the power of play (transcript)


Crystal Pekepo, Toi Tangata

Crystal works in innovation design and research for Toi Tangata, 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 and , unleashing their potential in the most caring and resourceful ways that unlocks ihi, wehi and wana.

Nikki Penetito-Hemara, Sport New Zealand - Ihi Aotearoa

Born and raised in the vibrant metropolis of Manurewa, Nikki is a proud South Aucklander. She has dedicated much of her professional career to leading multidisciplinary teams of people in health and education. After spending almost a decade in the higher education space she found a particular passion for social innovation, rangahau (research) and systems change. She believes this provides an ideal mix for unlocking the inner creative. She enjoys zoning in on opportunities to both initiate and support kaupapa which contribute to positive impact for Māori.

Liz Neill, Playcentre Aotearoa

Liz has been part of Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa – Playcentre Aotearoa since 1990, when her first child was an infant. Liz has been a facilitator with the Playcentre professional learning and development team since 2010, working with Playcentre families across Aotearoa. Her passion is child-led play, both indoors and outdoors, and sharing with whānau and the importance of unstructured and uninterrupted play opportunities for tamariki as they learn and grow.

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