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About Tākai

Tākai is a village of whānau supporters who work together to wrap around whānau, communities and our littlest tamariki under-five.

Through , , and for community initiatives, we work towards our shared vision of kia matua rautia – a thriving village raising children together.

It takes a village to raise a child.

The age-old saying is just as true today. That's why we're committed to supporting you, the awesome people who support whānau every day, to do things in your own way.

Whether you're a whānau worker preparing for a home visit, a supporter of a parent, the local rugby coach with a great idea for a community project, or someone who just wants the best for our tamariki, let's have a kōrero about working together.

Get in touch

Tākai is supported by a small team of community development kaimahi based at Oranga Tamariki.

A one-stop hub for whānau supporters

Our website is loaded with tonnes of evidence-based child development information and resources to help you with your mahi. It contains information from pregnancy through to 5 years, weaving in the best parenting resources from our partners across Aotearoa.

It's full of ideas for sharing the information with whānau and simple activities that build attachment and healthy brains. If you're looking for a more personal connection, talk with us about other ways we can play, learn and grow together.

This is Tākai (transcript)

Standing on the shoulders of many

Tākai officially launched on Children's Day – 6 March 2022. Previously called SKIP, Tākai is the end result of a big haerenga involving hundreds of whānau supporters from all over the motu.

Becoming Tākai is an exciting step forward for us, weaving together the whakaaro and wisdom from everyone who has been part of the SKIP story since it first launched in 2004.