Last week our staff from both Ngāti Awa Social & Health Services and Te Waipuna Ariki o Matangireia (ECE), took part in a 2 day wānanga, Te Pou Mataaho.
Te Pou Mataaho is a strength-based framework of which our staff base their practice on.
Te Pou Mataaho framework incorporates 4 Pou:
Te Pou o Hineahuone – provides us with the knowledge of and connection between ourselves and others through our whakapapa.
Te Pou o Hinetitama – Turangawaewae is the place you call home, your connection through the whenua to your place of identity.
Te Pou Ihorangi – represents the spiritual and cultural beginnings of whānau originating from the spiritual creator known as Io Matuakore.
Te Pou Aotūroa – Te Aotūroa recognises the world around us and all of the influences both negative and positive that contribute to our development.
A big mihi to Wairaka Marae for their manaakitanga and sharing stories of the hītori (history) and warmth of their Whare Tipuna – Tēnei te mihi!