Mokopuna Ora initiative expands
The Mokopuna Ora initiative - a partnership between Waikato-Tainui and Oranga Tamariki that keeps tamariki connected with their whānau, hapū and iwi – has been extended from Waikato into South Auckland.
Working together for better outcomes
Mokopuna Ora has been running in Waikato since 2015, and has already resulted in 66 tamariki staying with whānau.
When our social workers or other agencies come into contact with Waikato-Tainui whānau they put them in touch with the Mokopuna Ora iwi support advisor so whānau can - voluntarily - get the help and extra support they need to safely care for their tamariki at home. This happens alongside our normal Ministry processes, not as a replacement.
A whakapapa researcher at Waikato-Tainui also helps connect tamariki in care with their marae and hapū.
"This is simply another step on that journey so that we can all walk together and achieve the goals and successes together"
On the journey towards wellbeing together
At the launch at Papakura Marae, Chief Executive Gráinne Moss expressed how grateful she is for the partnership, and reminded the audience that the wellbeing of New Zealand’s tamariki is in all of our hands.
“The partnership we acknowledge today is important, obviously because it connects tamariki with whānau and whakapapa whānau, but also because it signals that we're on this journey towards wellbeing, together,” she says.
Rahui Papa, Chairman of Waikato-Tainui executive Te Arataura, agreed with Gráinne, saying that even before the time of Kīngitanga, tamariki were the most precious taonga of Māori.
"When we launched Mokopuna Ora in the Waikato it was the first step in a thousand mile journey. This is simply another step on that journey so that we can all walk together and achieve the goals and successes together,” Rahui concludes.
Oranga Tamariki will take what it learns from this project and, with input from iwi, improve our services for mokopuna in care.