Stories 2021

A year in review – Healthy Families South Auckland (The Southern Initiative)

It has been a year of advancements and adjustments for the Healthy Families South Auckland team at The Southern Initiative. “Like most Healthy Families New Zealand teams across Aotearoa, this year involved a lot of adapting our work due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” says Healthy Families South Auckland manager Winnie Hauraki. “In the second …

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A year in review – Healthy Families South Auckland (The Cause Collective)

2021 has been a year of several highs and a couple of lows for Healthy Families South Auckland (The Cause Collective). We will begin with the lows which a few and far between – these are tied to Covid-19 and the associated lockdowns which do slow the progress of our mahi together with our community …

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Village Games: Kilikiti, bringing communities together

The popular Samoan sport of Kilikiti continues to play a significant role for communities in New Zealand as a way of fellowship and bringing communities together according to two advocates of the game. Muliagatele Paul Lavea of 33 Usos’s (MD) and Asenati Tavita are two Samoans who have grown up playing Kilikiti from a young …

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Helping South Auckland ECEs deal with pressing issues during lockdown

Healthy Families South Auckland have been supporting Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teachers via Zoom (online video platform) during Alert Levels  4 and 3. With the unexpected and uncertain nature of lockdown raising more pressing issues for families at early childhood centres, the design challenges that teachers have recently undertaken have taken a backseat during this …

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Healthier kai for Kauri Kids as initiative shifts north

Whether it is a tasty fruit platter on Monday or a healthy vege frittata on Wednesday, children attending Kauri Kids Early Childhood Education (ECE) centres on the North Shore will be eating healthier kai thanks to a new approach. Over the past six months, The Southern Initiative and Healthy Families South Auckland have been working …

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Showcasing the impact of Healthy Environment Approach in local government

Healthy Families South Auckland and The Southern Initiative have published two case studies showing the impact of the Healthy Environment Approach (HEA) initiative within Auckland Council settings. Navigating Local Government for Systems Change focuses on the implementation of HEA within community grants and leisure centres over the past three years. “These case studies demonstrate what …

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Healthy Families South Auckland supporting unsung heroes of the pandemic

It was last year in April that Rose Kavapalu became an unsung hero of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I was at work at the time so I didn’t know it was going to happen, but Jacinda Ardern said in her daily press conference that we should appreciate cleaners as essential workers,” Rose says. The Prime Minister …

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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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