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“My children deserve the best from us as parents, now they know what they’re doing because we know what we’re doing… This course has been a blessing in our lives.”

Three classfuls of beaming parents graduated the Incredible Years programme o Waipareira, July 10, with a special screening featuring interviews, direction and staring IY whānau.

Our Wai-Atamai team (strategy and innovation) and Incredible Years whānau have been collaborating on a video project that saw the parents reflect and acknowledge their journey, capturing the changes they experienced in their lives as a result of being on the course.

The plan was simple: In groups the parents were to interview each other at the beginning, middle and end of the course. They were given an IPad and some guidence but by the second round of filming they were off.

Jacqui Harema of Wai-Atamai wanted to capture these changes from the perspective of the parents...

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Back in June the Wai Research team submitted an abstract for the Catalyst of Health project entitled ‘Te Haerenga Roa o Urban Whanau - Capturing Catalysts of Hauora’ to be considered for inclusion in the 7th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference 2016 (IIRC 2016), hosted by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga on 15-18 November 2016 in Auckland.

This submission was successful and was a massive achievement for the Wai Research team, but more importantly was a testament to the power of our whānau stories. The Catalyst of Health project looked at the determinants of health and wellbeing of West Auckland whānau in the last 30 years. We interviewed 25 whānau whose stories provided massive insight into the evolution of successful Urban Māori. Many whānau attributed a big part of their cultural, community and physical wellbeing to Whānau o Waipareira.

Nga Pae o Māramatanga (NPM) conferences have been held to wide acclaim and have been integral in showcasing...

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