Te Āti Awatanga

Te Rūnanga promotes matāuranga Māori including the use of Te Reo, promotion of Te Āti Awatanga and Māori values and practices, and sharing the history of Te Āti Awa in the Wellington and Hutt Valley. Te Rūnanga recognises that identity and belonging play important roles in supporting resilient individuals, whānau and communities. Along with the annual Te Rā o te Raukura festival the following services also support our aspirations in this area.
• Cultural advisory services
• Cultural competency training
• Blessings and karakia
• Treaty of Waitangi training

For more information contact us on (04) 566 8214

Tamaiti Whāngai

Tamaiti Whāngai is an iwi-based philosophy that underpins the programmes delivered by Te Rūnanga. It aims to develop strong whānau using a whole of community approach that embeds “the practice of supporting and nurturing children – remembering we are all children – responsible to, and for, each other”[1].

The philosophy is used to develop programmes across four main dimensions of activity based on the age of rangatahi. Through a focus on whakapapa, whanaungatanga and manaakitanga, the Tamaiti Whāngai programmes seek to build supportive whanau, recognising that whānau are broader than whakapapa whānau – “families” linked by common ancestry, and include kaupapa whānau – “families” linked by a common interest or mission. The Tamaiti Whāngai programmes build both whakapapa and kaupapa whānau relationships to strengthen social cohesion and social development.

For tamariki aged 0 to 5 years, programmes developed under the Tamaiti Whangai philosophy aim to build strong and healthy whānau through supportive parenting and the provision of health services. For tamariki and rangatahi aged 5 to 25+ it’s programmes support education achievement using a range of initiatives such as after school programmes, sport development programme, holiday programmes and tertiary education mentoring programmes. At the tertiary education level, the Tamaiti Whāngai programme operates in partnership with WelTec/Whitireia, uses skilled kaiwhakahaere and a common kaupapa and kawa, and operates as a kaupapa whānau. It has a strong focus on supporting Māori and Pasifika students enrolled in Māori and Pasifika Trade Training (MPTT) programmes and assist rangatahi to complete their programme successfully. It provides wrap around services, mentoring and pastoral care services to students and support for gaining employment.

Evaluation reports of this service can be found in the Rūnanga page.


Ōku Kaimahi | Our Staff

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