Tēna Koutou katoa (Geetings to everyone) Nga mihi nui ki te Whanau Whāngai (Specifically greetings to the Caregiving Family)
Te Wiki O te Reo Māori (Māori language week in September) was a reminder that we have three official languages that need space for expression. You may have noticed that I use te reo because my tūpuna (ancestors) spoke it and their toto (blood) and wairua (spirit) flow through me. If you’ve been to any of my training sessions you will have heard me use ngā kupu māori (Māori words) to describe the concepts in the NCTP workshops. The aim is to extend competencies and confidence in caregivers.
Our statistics tell us that 61% of tamariki in care have Māori ancestry. Again the aim is that tamariki have access and exposure to their cultural uniqueness so their mana (dignity) is maintained and supported throughout their time in the care of people outside their whanau, hapu and iwi (extended families). By using te reo in daily life we normalise the uniqueness of being Māori and honour its place in Aotearoa New Zealand society.
At the end of September we will have had our first 2 hour Discussion Session since I’ve been in this role. I hope to build a support group network through these additional contact opportunities. Please request to be my friend on Facebook at Upper North Fostering Kids and we can start building strong support networks for those taking on this amazing mahi (work).
Tiaki koe i a koe (Take care of Yourself)
I te Kōanga ka puāwai mai ngā putiputi (In Spring flowers bloom)
Term 4 workshop calendar is now open for registration. We will also be offering a weekend workshop option, as well as some evening and 2 hour discussions sessions. Please check our Training Calendar link and be sure to register for the workshops offered or you can contact Christine on 0800 100 849. Look forward to meeting you there!
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