Mokopuna Ora is one of the cornerstone programmes of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, a whānau-led, whānau-centred approach that supports parents with tamariki under the age of five. It recognises that these years are crucial to helping our pēpi reach their full potential, and works with whānau to provide tailored support that meets their specific needs – everything from māmā and pēpi groups and early childhood education, to maternal mental health support and counselling.
On the 27th and 28th of July, we caught up with the Mokopuna Ora connectors when they visited Te Whenua Taurikura for their annual wānanga – an important opportunity to share kōrero and ensure the korowai remains tightly woven. Check out the video to meet some of our connectors and learn more about the Mokopuna Ora kaupapa.
Mokopuna Ora is a vocation, and we are lucky to have thirteen incredible Mokopuna Ora connectors in Te Waipounamu. These people are the epitome of manaaki and aroha, and together they form a korowai of support across the motu, wrapping around whānau and supporting them to raise happy, healthy and connected tamariki.
Our Mokopuna Ora contracts advisor Tania Batley says: “Being a parent is the most important job you can do, and that deserves to be supported and respected. When we are connected, through whānau, extended whānau and community, we flourish. That’s what Mokopuna Ora is.”