Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Māori Parenting Course already a hit

Māori Parenting Course already a hit


Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has commended programmes that rise up out of the community that work ‘with’ families, as opposed to interventions that do things ‘to’ families. She was speaking as guest of honour at the recent launch of a new parenting course for Māori parents called Building Awesome Whānau Toolbox. The launch, held at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Henderson, was hosted by Pio Terei who helped lead the development of the course. “A large part of this course is delivered through videos which feature Māori celebrities like Stacey Morrison, Henare O’Keefe and Tina Cross,” says Pio. “I like the fact that, as well as the celebrities and presenters, there are also lots of parents on these videos, Māori parents in real families with real problems, just like the people doing the course. The whole idea is that even young, shy parents will relax, relate to the people on screen and take away heaps of good ideas to try.”

Pio is well known as an entertainer; less well known is the fact that he has been presenting the Parenting Show with Pio to mainly Māori audiences throughout New Zealand for more than a dozen years. His passion for helping families has been combined with proven, research-based material to create a new six-session course called Building Awesome Whānau Toolbox. “I’ve wanted to create this for years. I know my Parenting Show goes over well with Māori audiences and gives some good skills and encouragement, but I wanted them to have more – a whole parenting course with a genuine Māori flavour,” says Pio. “My whānau at The Parenting Place have been awesome at bringing all the ideas and people together to make it happen. Lots of consultation happened to make sure this is the real deal. This isn’t some imported course with a plastic tiki stuck on it – when you see the faces and hear the voices you know it has a Māori heart. It’s got more than just heart, though – there’s lots of very cool modern ideas and research in there as well.”

The Building Awesome Whānau Toolbox has been developed from scratch by The Parenting Place. “We have worked with the Ministry of Social Development in the past and I am sure they will be very interested in this project because it is a response to feedback from the community,” said Bruce Anderson, CEO of The Parenting Place. “We are a charity and this project has been developed using funding raised entirely from the community and an immense amount of goodwill from those involved.” The project, the writing and choice of material has been a collaborative effort. There was consultation with kaumatua, the public at hui, educators, Toolbox facilitators, parents and partners in the social service field. “Minister Bennett is here because she’s seen the effectiveness of other things we have done for parents in the past. I know she will be keeping a close interest in results from the new course and its development” said Anderson.

Even before it was launched, 50 groups of parents have already experienced the Building Awesome Whānau Toolbox parenting course. “The feedback is overwhelming. People love the humour, the way they can relate to it and understand it so easily,” says Gill Williams, Toolbox Manager at The Parenting Place.

The course is in English but liberally augmented with Te Reo, Māori cultural concepts and whakataukī (proverbs). “It’s just what people have been asking for for years: a home-grown parenting course with a genuine Kiwi feel. This new Building Awesome Whānau Toolbox is a response to requests from both Māori and social service agencies for a parenting course more suitable for Māori parents. Even though it is tuned for Māori, we have already had very positive feedback from Pākehā as well. One group that used it in Otara were all Tongan and they also related very well to it. We are very proud of this project but, because it is new, we are cautious to say that we’ve got it 100% right, straight off,” says Gill Williams. “It can grow and change in response to feedback and research but, I have to say, the first people to do the course have raved about it!”

“We already have a lot of experience with our four other Toolbox parenting courses,” says Williams. “5000 parents do these courses every year – more than 40,000 to date – and third party research shows they have a real impact on parents’ skills and confidence. Māori make up 14.6% of the New Zealand population; the fact that 25% of our participants are Māori shows we must be doing a few things right in our existing programmes. I am sure this new course will be even better at meeting the needs of Māori parents.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news