Mana Services

Raising Resilient Tamariki

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It’s no secret that having resilience is an important aspect of everyday life. It allows us to cope with stress in a healthy manner, learn from life’s challenges, and grow in the face of adversity.   Resilience enhances our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. From lower rates of depression...

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We are Amotai Registered!

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We are excited to join Amotai and the growing network of Māori and Pasifika owned businesses across New Zealand. As an organisation with extraordinary Māori and Pasifika talent at all levels, we are passionate about generating opportunities and growth for our communities – we strongly support the Amotai vision...

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Equity in Education

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Equity /ˈɛkwɪti/ Noun: equity; singular proper noun: equity; noun: equity 1.the quality of being fair and impartial.   “Equity of treatment” The term ‘equity’, in particular ‘social equity’, is used frequently in the public sphere. From policing to welfare to housing and transportation, social equity is about fairness and...

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Nature vs nurture is an age-old debate that crops up everywhere in the world of psychology. Opinions range from whether it was our environment growing up that caused us to externalise our emotions in a (un)healthy way or whether our genes are solely responsible for that stubborn 10 kg...

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Youth engagement and participation are necessary to create a brighter future for our young tamariki. While there are several different models of what youth participation looks like, the fundamentals are the same. By actively involving young people in decision-making processes and encouraging them to discuss both the issues that...

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Tikanga-informed practice within community services is vital – especially for the future of our tamariki Māori. Loosely translated, the word tikanga refers to Māori customs and traditions – the Māori way of doing things. For Māori, to act in accordance with tikanga is to behave in a way that...

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The Fonofale Model of Health

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The Fonofale Model was created as a Pacific model of health, encompassing values and beliefs from the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, and Tokelau. Developed by Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann, the Fonofale Model is a system of well-being that not only acknowledges but also embraces Pacific perspectives and ways...

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The Te Whare Tapa Whā approach to health and wellbeing was developed in 1984 by leading Māori health advocate Sir Mason Durie. Developed in response to research done by the Māori Women’s Welfare League in the late 1970s (Rapuora: Health and Maori Women), which uncovered a multitude of health...

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Relationships, people, and connections are central to Māori wellbeing. Whanaungatanga, in particular, is a foundational value for Māori, created through forming, sharing, and maintaining close ties with people and communities. Working together to embody the principles of whanaungatanga provides the basis and framework for a sense of belonging and...

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At Te Awhinatanga o Mana Rōpū (Mana), we believe that all young people should enter into adulthood as loved, supported, empowered and self-sufficient individuals, regardless of their ethnicity or life experience. By caring for tamariki in loving, respectful environments in accordance with the principles of tikanga, we can raise...

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