He Tupuna he mokopuna. Ma wai i whakaki i nga whawharua o ngā mātua Tupuna? Ma a tatou mokopuna.! He mokopuna he tupuna.
This whakatauki draws us to the essence of the whakapapa relationships, the genealogical connections between generations.
It reminds us that we are all mokopuna and we are all tupuna. The mokopuna will in future generations take the place of the tupuna. All grandchildren in time become grandparents. Each generation links through whakapapa to each other and we are a reflection and continuance of our ancestral lines. It is, therefore, of paramount importance that we make rapid – and sustainable – progress in respecting and recognising each mokopuna as a precious thread in this sacred connection.
Mokopuna Ora is a new approach to strengthen our commissioning pool (‘investment pipeline’) with a focus on the zero to five year age group. Our focus with this fund is to support whānau to build their own capability to positively parent tamariki. We will partner with whānau to build more protective factors around whānau and tamariki1. We also focus on the need for children 0 to five years to thrive so that they can be well developed through their lives.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu support whānau-driven entities with innovative and sustainable strategies that build protective factors for tamariki. A particular aspect of the Mokopuna Ora fund is to facilitate greater access to Strategies for Kids; Information for Parents’ or SKIP. SKIP is a nationwide network of individuals, community groups, government agencies, workplaces and non-government organisations (NGOs).
Mokopuna Ora initiatives are motivated by the seven outcomes in the Whānau Ora Outcomes Framework along with the enhancement of the following criteria based on culturally derived protective factors.
Protective factors are conditions or attributes in whānau that, when present, mitigate or eliminate risk and increase the health and well-being of children and families. Where protective factors are developed then whānau are likely to be able to increase their health, well-being and resilience.
• Access to health care and social services
• Access to support and help
• Self-esteem, identity and a sense of belonging
• Having a positive outlook on life; having hope
• Positive relationships and good social support
• Supportive whānau, hapū and iwi connections
• Positive community support
• Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and positive ways to deal with challenges
• Having a sense of responsibility for others
• Cultural/spiritual/religious beliefs that support self-preservation.
• Strengthening of cultural identity
• Access to cultural resources
• Reconnect and maintain those connections to whānau, hapū iwi, and communities
• Use outcome measures appropriate to the Māori worldview and experiences.