Te Aka Matua

Ki kā kaipoipoi i ā tātou taoka matahiapo o te iwi, tēnei te reo o mihi ki a koutou katoa – to the nurturers of our most precious treasures of our tribe, my warmest greetings to you all.

The Oraka team at Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu excited to introduce a new resource we have had developed as part of our kaupapa to support the engagement and development of the youngest members of our iwi, our pēpi.

This resource, a series of 18 three-minute videos by Nathan Wallis around parenting and child development, has been designed to be accessible by busy parents who are not likely to have a lot of time on their hands. Nathan Wallis is a neuro-science educator who travels around New Zealand and Australia training people on the brain and child development, and we are very pleased to engage him on this project.

We asked Nathan to identify a number of ‘key messages’ that he believes are most important to share with new parents and caregivers of young children, and these were the first set of kaupapa he identified. This resource is not designed to be a comprehensive parenting tool – instead it is aimed to provide helpful tips and knowledge to support the very important role that we have as kaitiaki or guardians of our most precious treasures.

We hope that you find these videos helpful and welcome any feedback. You can contact us by email at Hauora@ngaitahu.iwi.nz
Nāhaku noa nā

Hana O’Regan
General Manager, Oraka