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.
Whānau supporters are at the heart of everything we do. We offer training for everyone who support whānau in Aotearoa.
Mā te kimi ka kite, mā te kite ka mōhio, mā te mōhio ka mārama!
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-rorohiko (online). There's also funding available to support community-led wānanga and spaces for supporters to play, learn and grow together.
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.
Tākai Kōrero webinars and online workshops
A new series of webinars and online workshops, Tākai Kōrero, provides opportunities to listen, learn and connect with other whānau supporters across Aotearoa.
June 2022: Mātauranga Māori – reawakening DNA
Deb Rewiri, Elizabeth Emere Harte, Dina Awarau and Maraea Teepa discuss mātauranga Māori and how this can be used to support whānau and tamariki to reawaken their DNA.
August 2022: Ngā tohu whānau – the 6 principles
Lynette Archer, Jason Tiatia, Anna Mowat and Lily Chalmers discuss ngā tohu whānau – the 6 things children need to grow up to be happy and capable adults.
October 2022: Te ao tākaro – the power of play
Crystal Pekepo, Nikki Penetito-Hemara, Liz Neill and Deb Rewiri explore creating tikanga around play, building whānau rituals and why play is important for everyone.
December 2022: Aroha in action – keeping mokopuna safe
Anthony-Quinn Cowley, Tampy Bernard and Tautoko Ratu share how they support whānau to build their village during the summer period and have courageous conversations about mokopuna safety.
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.
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.
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.