Te Purapura Ora, a new initiative in Te Tairāwhiti is teaching whānau about Māori models of caring for tamariki.

Te Aitanga a Hauiti Hauora in Uawa (Tolaga Bay) is helping new parents to bring their children up with a sense of connection of knowing who they are and where they come from.

According to Huhana Rokx-Potae, the CEO of Te Aitanga a Hauiti Hauora it’s for whānau.

“Ka toro atu ngā kaimahi a te whare hauora a Te Aitanga a Hauiti ki te awhina i ngā mātua kia ātā tirohia akongia whakapakarihia i a rātou i roto i ngā mahi tiaki mokopuna.”

The initiative is called Te Purapura Ora and there are currently 45 families that the local health centre is working with.

The health organisation has been working on the initiative for some time but Potae adds it’s only just got it approved.

“Nā te tākuta, nā te ahorangi Hope Tupara, nānā mātou i whakamātau i ngā tau e whā i a mātou e hanga haere te kaupapa nei.”

According to Mark Kopua of Te Aitanga a Hauiti, one of its key methods is to teach whānau about where they come from and who they are using local stories.

“Ko ngā ringa manaaki ngā ringa tiaki o te kāhui whakahaere o Purapura Ora kua whanaunga tonu ki ngā mātua hou me ngā tamariki hou.”

Local Member of Parliament Meka Whaitiri says she will watch its outcomes and see if it is something that can be adopted elsewhere.

“It’s a local initiative done by the whānau, for the whānau and can see the potential going forward sharing our traditional stories of raising our babies not just for Hauiti, but could be used as a model for elsewhere.”

New beginnings, using the ways of old to help ensure children are given a nurtured and safe home environment.

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