Realising oranga tamariki
Published: September 24, 2019
Julian Reweti and Chelsea Te Terenga are Care and Protection social workers in Whangarei. They help ensure tamariki are safe and support whānau to make positive decisions. This is their whakaaro and message for National Social Workers Day.
Realising oranga tamariki – video transcript
(Soft guitar music plays with some gentle singing)
Ko Motatau te maunga. Ko Hikurangi te awa. Ko Tau Henare to whare. Ko Te Horo te marae. Ko Te Orewai te hapū. Ko Ngāti Hine te iwi. Ko Julian tōku ingoa.
Matua, tama, wairua tapu me nga anahera pono me te mangai, ae. E rere kau mai te awa nui, mai, i te kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa.
Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko ahau. Ko Chelsea Te Terenga taku ingoa.
(Text on screen say’s ‘Why did you choose to become a social worker?’)
Becoming a social worker was a natural progression for me. I had a marae upbringing which enabled me to form a deep connection and understanding of my role and responsibility to support my whanau, hapū, iwi, and also the wider community of Aotearoa whānui.
(Text on screen say’s ‘How would you describe your mahi?’)
Whakapiri, engagement, I engage with tamariki and whānau. Whaka mārama, enlightenment, I assist whanau to make positive decisions for themselves and their tamariki. And whakamana, empowerment, I help whanau to recognise their own tino rangatiratanga.
(Text on screen say’s: ‘ What’s the most rewarding part of being a social worker?’)
I love seeing our whanau in a happy space where they are thriving, and when they are understanding the importance to look after each other, love one another, be kind to each other and keep each other safe. I also enjoy having the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to our kaupapa of realising the orange of tamariki and whanau.
(Text on screen say’s ‘What are your aspirations for Oranga Tamariki?’)
There will be no need for Oranga Tamariki in the future because all our children will be safe, and our communities will be happy and vibrant. But my aspirations for the organisation now is to better understand how to work with Māori families and tamariki.
(Text on screen say’s ‘What’s your message to other social workers?’)
Stay amazing! Thank you so much for your contribution to our tamariki and whanau.
Nā tō rourou, nā taku ka ora ai tatou te iwi.
With your food basket and mine, our people will thrive.
Ngā Manaakitanga ki runga I a tātou katoa.
(Guitar music and singing fade out and the Oranga Tamariki logo comes on screen).
End of transcript.
Why did you join Oranga Tamariki?
"I believe in the changes Oranga Tamariki is implementing and how those changes can have long-term positive effects for whānau. I can assist the organisation to better understand te ao Māori and work with other cultures."
"Our name aligns with my own value system of whakapono, tumanako and aroha - to believe, aspire and love. With a background in tamariki ora and whānau ora, I knew I could work within the Oranga Tamariki kaupapa to support whānau to realise their potential."
What are your aspirations for Oranga Tamariki?
"There will be no need for an Oranga Tamariki in the future because all our children will be safe, and our communities will be happy and vibrant. But my aspirations for the organisation now is to better understand how to work with Māori families and tamariki."