Grow communities / Wānanga Training

Whānau supporters are at the heart of everything we do. We offer training for everyone who support whānau in Aotearoa.

By putting whanaungatanga and manaakitanga at the centre, we aim to create safe spaces where everyone feels connected and supported to learn from each other.

Mā te kimi ka kite, mā te kite ka mōhio, mā te mōhio ka mārama! Seek and discover, discover and know, know and become enlightened!

Over the years we've trained lots of different people. A big part of our approach is working with communities to train their own whānau supporters in ways that work for them.

Kaupapa includes:

  • being a village
  • conscious parenting
  • the power of play
  • te hinengaro mīharo – the amazing brain
  • training for trainers
  • tīpuna parenting
  • wellbeing.

Building a village of learners

Soon more ako spaces will be added to the mix, with a greater focus on mātauranga Māori and indigenous parenting approaches.

Training will be offered in a variety of ways including ā-tinana (in person) or ā-rorohiko (online). There's also funding available to support community-led wānanga and spaces for supporters to play, learn and grow together.

Find out about funding

These opportunities are accessible to anyone with a genuine desire to help tamariki thrive, so whether you're an aunty, uncle, nannie or someone who just wants to help your community, get in touch. We'd love to kōrero with you.

Contact us about training

Previous training modules

Tākai is the evolution of SKIP (Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents), which offered a number of downloadable training modules for whānau supporters. Over time these modules will be refreshed and made available in new formats.

Module 1: Conscious parenting

This training module explores conscious parenting – what it is and the five stages of change.

Conscious parenting module [PDF, 839 KB]

Module 2: Child development and behaviour

This training module is used by supporters of parents and caregivers to look at a child's stage of growth and development and how their behaviour is affected by this.

Child development and behaviour module [PDF, 995 KB]

Module 3: The six principles of effective discipline

This training module discusses and reviews the six principles of effective discipline – love and warmth, talking and listening, guidance and understanding, limits and boundaries, consistency and consequences, and a structured and secure world.

Six principles of effective discipline module [PDF, 1 MB]