By: Lydia Mains, Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere (Project Manager - Tūhono)
Tūhono is a new and exciting innovation program Te Piki Oranga are developing that will provide a kaupapa Māori intensive, personalised interventions for a small number of identified whānau focused on:
Building the strong bond and relationship between māmā (or matua) and pēpi as a foundation for the health and development of the pēpi and whānau.
Creating valuable aropa/peer group, whānau and tuākana/tēina relationships
Developing parenting and life skills
Connecting whānau with key health and social services along the pregnancy and parenting pathway.
What is the aim of the program:
The key objectives of this proposal is to give pēpi hour the best start in life, by supporting two groups of new parents, who have significant challenges, to:
Establish and maintain strong and positive attachment to their pēpi - antenatally and after the birth
Gain practical skills through the provision of individualised, practical, home-based support
Connect with each other, this service and the wider community to reduce isolation
Engage with key services available to support the health and well-being of the whānau, in a timely way
Make and maintain links to whakapapa and te Ao Māori
Establish tuākana/tēina relationships for learning and support..
This is a pilot program and will be delivered from Motueka and Wairau. Referrals is open on 1st July.