A new programme/approach to help tamariki stay in the care of their whānau/fanau and out of the statutory care was launched last week here in Kirikiriroa. Te Haumirimiri Ngākau Mokopuna is a collaboration between Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust, K'aute Pasifika, Tuu Oho Mai, and Oranga Tamariki.
The launch took place at Kirikiriroa Marae with special guest, Ngawai hono i te po Paki, daughter of Te Kingii Māori, Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII, who endorsed the collaborative agreement between the aforementioned agencies. Other distinguished guests representatived The Mayor of Hamilton, Police, Nanaia Mahuta and various community agencies.
The values which underpin this programme are as follows.
Kotahitanga - Providing a community response that creates a healing Mauri that is energized by contributions from whanau, hapuu, Iwi and community. Kotahitanga preserves the voice of the tamariki mokopuna and their whānau. Whaanau are engaged for the ahi kaa element that is fundamental to achieving mana motuhake.
Le Va - The Va is about healthy and strong relationships with one another, to ensure the collective unit are thriving and striving in a challenging world.
Whakamana te Tangata - Every person has their own unique mana
Oranga Tanga - we recognise that oranga is a journey and we understand the long-term impact of our actions today”. We will apply “oranga” in the context of oranga tamariki, oranga whānau and oranga hāpori. Reminding us all the health and wellbeing of our taonga, our children, can only be manifested in healthy and well whānau who are living and participating in healthy and well communities.
If you'd like to join a team that's striving to make a difference for our tamariki, mokopuna and whānau please apply now for the Whānau Coordinator position, Te Haumirimiri Ngākau Mokopuna.