Stories 2021

ECE Teachers to begin co-design with centre-families

The end of July saw the last of five capability-building workshops Healthy Families South Auckland (HFSA) have been holding with Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association (CMK) and Pasifika early childhood education (ECE) centres in South Auckland. The ECE teachers and staff learned professional development tools in design thinking to create ideas that will help whānau, rangatahi …

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Building capability with ECE teachers to meet the needs of families

Research shows that a child’s development is rapid in the first 1000 days with 90% of their brain development occurring by the time the child turns 5-years-old. Early childhood centres (ECE) provide pivotal support for children’s wellbeing and life opportunities but the sector faces challenges of professional development and connecting to families that act as …

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The neighbourhood that wants kids playing outside for long term health and wellbeing

A group of neighbours from Celadon Place in Wiri lead the way in designing and planning their first Community Play Streets for Tāmaki Makaurau or “Play Streets” event over the weekend. A temporary road closure was put in place from 11.30am to 4pm and the street was open for unrestricted play. A brightly hand painted …

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It takes a village: Meet the Women putting community first

From left to right: Cath Poutney, Maxine and Angela Katipa (Te Mahia Community Village Play Streets organisers) It was a foggy Saturday morning when the Te Mahia Community Village Manager Maxine rose at 4.30am on ANZAC weekend. Normally reserved for relaxing and remembrance, the day ahead would be a whirlwind of planning, activity and most …

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PM calls for national roll-out of Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae initiative

Lionel Hotene, Kaitiaki Matua, giving Prime Minister Ardern a tour of the whenua. Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae hosted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on April 20 to share their kaupapa around addressing food insecurity in South Auckland. The marae are champions in regenerative growing practices within an urban setting. Along with the culturally diverse community, the marae …

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Wiri community ready to roll out “Play Streets”

A new community-led approach to creating more vibrant people friendly neighbourhoods has been given the green light for the South Auckland community of Wiri.  “Play Streets Wiri” empowers residents to design the way their children experience neighbourhood play on their street. The idea is to create a community-led approach that will put the design of …

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