Tafesilafa’i presented at Child Rich Communities Hui

Healthy Families Waitākere team members Catherine Powell and Repeka George-Koteka were thrilled to take part in the presentation series from Child Rich Communities Tāmaki Makaurau Hui: Uplifting the mana of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau with community-led development. Presenting Tāfesilafa’i, the team explored how the initiative approaches re-indigenising the education system, so tamariki in the Aoga […]

New digital approach brings welcome connection for Samoan ECEs

New technology in West Auckland Samoan ECE centres is set to provide a critical digital connection for teachers and families.  Teachers working across Tāfesilafa’i, the West Auckland Samoan ECE community of care, identified an urgent need for increasing their digital capacity and capability.  Tāfesilafa’i was initially created with a focus on addressing a lack of resources […]

Wellness, fellowship and better learning outcomes from West Auckland Samoan ECE Collective

Increased wellbeing, greater fellowship with colleagues and sharing culturally specific pedagogies to improve their teaching practice are just some of the many benefits reported by teachers at the end of the first phase of a significant community of practice (CoP) for Samoan ECE teachers. Tāfesilafa’i (the West Auckland Samoan ECE community of care) was created […]

Working together to improve early Pasifika education in West Auckland

Every child is a cultural being, with a unique history and rich cultural practices. This valuable means of learning is often overlooked in mainstream education; however, there are pockets of immersion-based learning centres and schools across Aotearoa for indigenous cultures including Māori, Tongan, Samoan, Niuean and Cook Island. In these environments, students’ identities are positioned […]

Contributing to a robust Pasifika healthcare system

Every person across Aotearoa should have the freedom to access culturally appropriate healthcare, without distinction of economic or social factors.  Despite successive governments developing explicit policy commitments to improve the health of all New Zealanders, Pasifika communities continue to face an inequitable burden of preventable chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. These […]

Māori and Pasifika leaders in West Auckland leading for their communities  

Working from home has not stopped Healthy Families Waitākere from convening community leaders to discuss a collective approach to support Māori and Pasifika whānau in response to COVID-19. Over the past five weeks, the team has provided backbone support to respective Māori and Pasifika Leaders to help take a collective approach in supporting communities in […]

Phasing out sugary drinks in Pasifika churches

A water-only pledge has been translated into seven Pasifika languages and jointly signed by nearly 20 Pasifika church and community group leaders, shifting the consumption of sugary drinks where community spend their time across Auckland. The opportunity to work with Pasifika churches and community groups was revealed through a partnership between Healthy Families Waitākere and […]