Inspiring change for Tamariki

Kaupapa Māori parenting conference


The 2016 Kaupapa Māori Parenting Conference is to explore how cultural strategies for parenting have expanded in number and ingenuity to empower whānau, families to raise their tamariki children in violence free, loving and nurturing ways as our tipuna, ancestors did.

The conference is for those who work in all aspects of health, education at all levels, academics, staff and managers of organisations who work in and with their communities.

The theme is the nature of Parenting and Kaupapa Māori parenting and how ideas, strategies and interventions are being implemented at the community level. There will be a variety of parenting strategies including using pūrākau, creation stories, oriori, lullabies, waiata, songs and music, kopuratanga, visual arts and tikanga, traditional practices and beliefs.


Dr Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe

Member of the Sanpoil and Lakes Band of Colville Confederated tribes of Seattle, Washington, USA
Dr Squetimkin-Anquoe will speak of her varied work with her people.

Naida-Glavish@2xKuia Naida Glavish

Ngati Whatua
Naida explains Te Ao Māori, Te Taha Wairua o te Maatuatanga/The Sprituality of Parenting.

Dr-Will@2xDr Will Edwards

Dr Edwards will talk about the Mana Ririki Māori Fathering research he is involved in.

Dr-Wilson@2xProfessor Denise Wilson

Professor Wilson (AUT) reveals the reframing of Family Violence.

Dr Leonie Pihama

Te Atiawa, Kaiwhakarapopoto
With her impressive academic capacity for detail, Dr Pihama will summarise the two-day conference.


In a unique and special place in the Conference is the Mana Ririki Poari Panel. This is Mana Ririki’s Board of Trustees. They will honour us with their knowledge and experience.


Breakout sessions allow delegates to focus on areas of specific interest, explore approaches to interventions and take away strategies for supporting and engaging client mātua, parents and whānau, families raising their tamariki, children.


Programme – Day 1+


9am     MC – Matai Smith
Heamana: Prof. Kuni Jenkins
Te Poari: Sir Toby Curtis
Keynote:  The Minister of Māori Development, the Honourable Te Ururoa Flavell
9.45am    Keynote: Kuia Naida Glavish
Te Wairuatanga o te Matuatanga / The Spirituality of Parenting
10.45am Morning tea
11.15am Te Poari o Mana Ririki / The Mana Ririki Board
A Panel Discussion by our esteemed Trustees
12.15pm Lunch
1.15pm Activity
1.45pm Keynote: Dr Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe
Indigenous solutions: Ancient medical practices strengthening Native American Parenting in Seattle
2.45pm Kaupapa Māori Parenting Programmes:
1. Poutiria te Aroha-Mauri Tau
2. Te Haakorotanga, Te Haakuitanga
3. Hoki ki Te Rito
4. Tikanga Ririki
4pm Afternoon tea
4.30pm     Kua mutu
6pm Pre-dinner korero/inu/ kai iti

Ka noho mo te hakari /Dinner

Entertainment & After Dinner speakers:
Rob Ruha and Cilla
Maisie Rika and Bossy

Graduation for Tikanga Ririki Kaiwhakamana Facilitators

Entertainment / waiata / kanikani

10pm Kua mutu
Programme – Day 2+


Please note that Wetini Mitai will no longer be leading the ‘Kapa Haka and the whanau’ workshop, as he will be overseas. This workshop has been cancelled.

9am     Activity
9.30am    Keynote:  Dr Will Edwards
Mana Ririki Research-Māori Fathering
10.30am Guest Speaker: Dr Moana Eruera
Tiaki Mokopuna
11.00am Morning tea
11.30am Aspects of Kaupapa Māori Parenting:
1. Brainwave Trust – The Mauri & the Brain 
2. Felicity Ware – Teen Parents Lives
3. Te Aurere a Te Tonga – An Intervention for Youth Justice Rangatahi parenting & relationships
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Activity
2pm Keynote:  Professor Denise Wilson
Reframing Family Violence
3pm Keynote & Summary: Associate Professor Leonie Pihama
4pm     Poroporoaki: Professor Jenkins, Sir Toby Curtis
4.30pm Mutunga

Please note that this programme may be subject to alteration.


Poutiria Te Aroha Parenting Programme+


Poutiria Te Aroha Parenting Programme, Raglan

KatarinaMataira@2xKatarina Mataira Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Katrina is a community organiser for whānau and community well-being, dedicated to te reo revitalisation and co-founder of a NFP Māori community education organisation – Te Mauri Tau. She has adapted and developed Poutiria Te Aroha based on ‘Echo Parenting and Education’, Los Angeles. The programme asks “What does the aroha of nonviolence look and feel like for children, and how can we be modelling that?” “Kia poupoua, kia tiritiria te aroha ki roto ki the whānau.”

NeriaMataira@2xNeria Mataira BA (Hons), Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Neria is a mother and teacher. She was He Ataarangi Pouako, teacher of Te Reo in total immersion adult education for 25 years. She is dedicated to revitalising Te Reo especially by community based Māori language schools in Whaingaroa. She has joined the Poutiria Te Aroha team at Mauri Tau, a holistic, educational, environmental and health organisation grounded in Māori te reo, culture, tikanga operating in Raglan.


Hoki ki te Rito-Oranga Whānau Parenting+


Hoki ki te Rito-Oranga Whānau Parenting, Ohomairangi Trust, Mangere East, Auckland

LynDoherty@2xLyn Doherty M.A. Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi
Lyn is a Service Coordinator/Psychologist and Parent facilitator. She has worked in special education for 22 years and is a Psychological Medicine PhD student. Lyn believes in the parent-child relationship being a critical source of resilience from individual, whanu to community level.

Kararina Penehira B.A. Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitane, Rose Clan, Aberdeen
Early Intervention Teacher, Hoki Ki Te Rito Facilitator and Mellow Parenting Trainer, Kararina is a mother of one, and grandmother of three. She is currently a postgraduate student in Perinatal Mental Health at Otago University working towards her Masters degree.

This programme is adapted from Mellow Parenting (Canada). It is delivered by the Ohomairangi Trust to explore the acceptability and feasibility for Māori whānau living in South Auckland.

It is a 14 week, one day per week, with morning personal development and afternoon parenting specific sessions. The programmes, including an Antenatal and Dads Course, are designed to support parents as individuals and to strengthen family relationships. Studies show there are positive gains for parents-to-be, mothers, fathers and grandparents.


Haakuitanga Haakorotanga+


Haakuitanga Haakorotanga, Kokiri Marae, Seaview, Wellington

Kerry-Leigh@2xKerry-Leigh Dougall Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa
Kerry-Leigh has been the Nāku Ēnei Tamariki Maori Section Manager for the past 11 years. She currently manages Māori Tikanga and was the primary facilitator for the Haakuitanga Haakorotanga Māori parenting programme, trained by Atawhaingia te Pāharakeke. Kerry is passionate about Māori for Māori services and supports being developed to reclaim tuturutanga parenting practices for Māori whānau. Aki aki te tii o te Tangata.

DeeHikairo@2xHemaima Hikairo (Dee) Ngā Puhi, Te Atiawa
Hammier is the Nāku Ēnei Tamariki (Maori Tikanga) facilitator. Dee has a passion for working with whānau Māori and tamariki and has a strong sense of identity and belonging. Her four-year-old son, Te Mairerangiwhitia, is raised in the kaupapa she teaches.

This is a Māori parenting skills programme that gives Māori parents an understanding of, and learning in, effective parenting skills. The programme focuses on the parent’s own attitudes to tamariki and parenting by allowing them to explore the way they were parented and how this influences the way they parent their tamariki.


Tikanga Ririki+


Tikanga Ririki

SarahPore@2xSarah Pore B SW, Ngai Tai ki Torere, Ngāti Uepohatu; Te Arawa
Sarah is the National Training Manager for Mana Ririki’s core product, Tikanga Ririki strengths-based Māori parenting programme. She was a CYFS social worker and spent eight years in Māori Public Health for MidCentral DHB, involved in research with Alcohol and Drug intervention, iwi/hapu and youth development. Sarah has been passionate about the Tikanga Ririki Programme since 2009, believing it to be the best parenting and relationships intervention.

Prof Kuni Jenkins Ngati Porou
Kuni Jenkins is a professor with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi where she teaches and conducts research. She has had a long-term interest in literacy of early Māori written documents and the relationships between Māori and Pākehā. She is Chair of mans Ririki and loves this work.

The Tikanga Ririki Parenting Programme is strengths based, the strengths drawn from the first whānau of the pūrākau. It was from this whānau that the tipuna based their nurturing, loving childrearing on, placing the tamariki at the protective centre of their world. Traditional knowledge in pūrākau, oriori, in pao, waiata, and in kōrero-a-iwi has been accessed and made relevant in our world. Whānau love this programme. There is a 6 month, cluster training Accreditation Facilitator’s Course to train providers to deliver the programme to whānau clients. The programme is being prepared for NZQA accreditation.


Māori Youth becoming Parents+


Māori Youth becoming Parents

Felicity@2xFelicity Ware M.A. Ngapuhi
Felicity’s PhD research at Massey University identifies that having a child at a young age and being Māori have been framed as risk factors and negative outcomes for mother and child. To counter these negative assumptions and privilege Māori perspectives, this research focused on young Māori parents’ experiences of support during pregnancy, birth and early parenting. This presentation will focus on how young Māori parents continue to value Māori cultural traditions in raising their tamariki. These insights are invaluable for informing policy, research, service provision and practice that enhance the health and wellbeing of young Māori parents and their children.


Growing Healthy Brains in our Tamariki+


Growing Healthy Brains in our Tamariki, Brainwave Trust Aotearoa

Debbie-Rewiri@2xDebbie Rewiri Ngapuhi
Debbie is a Brainwave Educator and has a wealth of experience as a facilitator, trainer, mediator and mentor. She is a national facilitator for Ahuru Mowai, SKIP and Family Partnership. Her passion and compassion is for the work that she does to support whānau, hāpu and Iwi development.

In this workshop you will learn about recent research findings on brain development. The facilitators, Debbie and André, will share the science while validating why a Kaupapa Maaori context and Historical Parenting/Whaanau practices reflect much of this current knowledge. This will provide an opportunity to continue to seek a “Māori world view” on parenting.


Andre Ngapo Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa
André is a teacher, writer, parent and advocate for the rights of children. He is an educator in Nonviolent Parenting/NVP (Echo Parenting and Education, LA and has been working with Te Mauri Tau in Whaingaroa/Raglan. He is a Social Science graduate, currently studying Neuroscience through Harvard’s online learning programme.

André has special interest areas in working with local Māori groups in the Waikato, Hauraki and Auckland areas, as well as parents, professional audiences and men.


Keynote 1: Dr Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe+


Dr Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe


Dr Squetimkin-Anquoe  is of the Sanpoli and Lakes Bands of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Currently she is the Traditional Health Director and the Project Director of a federal planning initiative, Circles of Care VI Project, at the Seattle Indian Health Board. She has led several programmes and departments to federal level with urban Indian communities for decades. Focusing on using Traditional Indian medicines, Annette believes that for her people, traditional health services and culture are essential for raising children so that they achieve health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. She enjoys traditional pow wow dancing, learning about indigenous foods and medicines, making salves, sewing, and spending time with her family and her Jack Russell Terrier.


Among American Indians who have emerged from generations of intentional forms of trauma and oppression, it is remarkable that indigenous practices, traditions, and cultural values have been maintained in order to strengthen the individual, family, and community as a whole.  Holistic parenting from the Native worldview attends to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual areas of life. From personal experience, this discussion will focus on the holistic approach in relation to the manner in which Native values are embedded in parenting practices and longstanding traditions that are followed to help our children better understand and navigate successfully throughout life.  Our children have called upon us to do this for their generation and for the ones to follow.


Keynote 2: Naida Rangimarie Glavish Ngati Whatua+

Kuia Naida Glavish

Naida-Glavish@2xNaida is a highly respected Iwi and Community Leader steeped in tikanga. She is currently employed as the Chief Tikanga Advisor/General Manager Maori with the He Kamaka Waiora, Maori Health, Waitemata and Auckland District Health Board. Naida is President of the Māori Party and has a proven ability to link government initiatives and community expectations. She lists 19 Iwi, Government and Community organisations that she works in as a Patron, Chairperson, and active member, including the Tamaki Makaurau  Whanau Ora leadership.


Exciting abstract coming… this space!


Keynote 3: Dr Will Edwards+

Dr Will Edwards

Dr-Will@2xDr Will Edwards, Ngaruahine, is an inaugural Director of Taumata Associates, a Māori public health and development consultancy based in South Taranaki. He was with the Research Centre Massey University. His interests are in the localisation of the interface between Māori knowledge and Western science to underpin community health research, lifecourse research and father involvement. In 2006 Will and his wife relocated to work with his whānau to establish a reo-Māori immersion papakāinga with Taranaki Māori communities to strengthen research capacity to inform decision-making. He is deeply involved in hapu and iwi initiatives.


Exciting information coming. Watch this space.


Keynote 4: Dr Moana Eruera+

Dr Moana Eruera

Dr Moana Eruera, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Pou Taki Maori (Principal Advisor Maori), Office of Chief Social Worker. Moana has more than 25 years experience in the social and community work sector in a range of roles including social worker, supervisor, lecturer and consultant. As Director of her consultancy that supported statutory and NGO social services organisations regionally and nationally. She focused on issues of family violence prevention, social justice, human rights and the development of Māori publishing a number of articles and reports on indigenous social work and research.


The Transformative Potential of Taitamariki in Whakapapa Protection

Healthy intimate partner relationships support healthy whanau environments. This presentation brings taitamariki messages and solutions to the conference about the importance of their being supported to develop healthy intimate partner relationships that are free from violence as an intergenerational whakapapa protection strategy towards whanau ora. It is based on the findings of a Ngāpuhi taitamariki research project, 2015. The aim of this was to provide information from taitamariki for those who are developing strategies for taitamariki to develop healthy intimate partnerships which are violence free.

The 81 Ngapuhi taitamariki from 13 to 18 years old, using a kaupapa Māori methodology and the Mauri Ora framework. The many key messages are centre around values, behaviours and support of their whanau as key to developing healthy, violence free relationships.

Keynote 5: Associate Professor Denise Wilson+

Associate Professor Denise Wilson

Dr-Wilson@2xAssoc Prof Denise Wilson, Ngāti Tahinga (Tainui), is Professor of Māori Health and the Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT University. Her research and publication activities are focused on Māori/indigenous health, family violence, cultural safety, and health (particularly Māori) workforce development. Denise has been involved in family violence research, and at a national level in the development of the Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme. She is currently a member of the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s Family Violence Death Review Committee and Roopū Māori.


Prior to settlement and colonisation of Aotearoa, Māori women and children held important roles in whakapapa and whānau. Yet, today Māori women are over-represented in whānau violence prevalence and deaths including tamariki Māori (children). The Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC), under the auspices of the Health Quality and Safety Commission reviews family (whānau) violence deaths in Aotearoa, and conducts in-depth regional reviews for selected deaths.  The status of family violence in Aotearoa, particularly for Māori will be described and the learnings from whānau violence death reviews necessary for eliminating child abuse for tamariki Māori, and creating violence-free whānau.

For change to occur, shifts in how practitioners and agencies think about and approach whānau violence are required.


Keynote 6 & Summary: Associate Professor Leonie Pihama+

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama

Dr-Leonie@2xAssoc Prof Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi, Ngāti Māhanga) is Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, and Director of Māori and Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company.

Leonie is a leading kaupapa Māori educator and researcher receiving some of the highest accolades for her research work. As Principal Investigator on the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga research project ‘Tiakina Te Pā Harakeke: Māori childrearing within a context of whānau ora’.  This project has made available a depth of traditional knowledge to those working in Early Childhood Education, Maori Education and Maori Providers working in Whānau Ora contexts.Leonie has served on a number of boards and her expertise connects her to a wide-range of communities.


Associate Professor Pihama will summarise the Conference outcomes and weave her incisive and pertinent views to these outcomes. This will be a thought provoking and enlivening experience.


Matai Smith

matai@2xRongowhakaata, Ngai Taamanuhiri, Ngāti Kahungunu
Matai has been a television presenter for 10 years. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 he won Best Te Reo Māori Television Presenter (Male) at the Māori Media Awards. In 2012, he won Best Presenter in the entertainment/factual category at the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards for his work on Homai Te Paki Paki. He has hosted PukanaKorero mai, Whānau and Good Morning. Currently he travels between OZ and NZ as part of the Native Affairs Māori TV team. His good looks and engaging personality are surpassed by his skills as a communicator and a presenter.

Entertainers and Dinner Speakers

Maisey Rika

maisey@2xNgati Awa, Te Arawa, Tuhoe, and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Popular and loved soul singer, songwriter and mother, Maisey is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most impressive lead vocalists. Her songs are fused with her honest and thought invoking messages which resonate with everyone, not just Maori. ‘Nia’ a signature waiata for Mana Ririki, was composed by Maisey. Maisey’s strong heritage, eclectic songs, and her honey-stung vocals are quickly travelling around the world, from Aotearoa into international hearts.

Rob Ruha

Rob@2xTe Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou. Singer, songwriter
Kapa haka exponent, judge and tutor; PhD student and father, Rob Ruha has been in Māori performing arts for 25 years and has composed over 200 waiata, haka, and moteatea. His prowess has enabled him to judge short film musical themes, and waiata competitions at a tribal and national level.  His kaumatua praise his skills as a composer and musician. He works to amplify and celebrate uniquely Maori world-views to the world.


Registrations are now closed.


Please note that accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee. Please contact Lakeside Novotel, Rotorua to make accommodation arrangements or visit for other options.

Payment options:

Direct Banking: ASB 12 3086 02417 99 00  Particulars: Initials & family name (or Organisation name if making a payment for all attendees from your organisation) Reference: Conference

Cheque: Please send cheques to Te Kāhui Mana Ririki Trust, The Kaupapa Māori Parenting Conference, c/o 59 Abbottsway, Remuera, Auckland 1050. Please note your name (or Organisation name if making a payment for all attendees from your organisation) and ‘Kaupapa Maori Parenting Conference’ on the back of the cheque.

No refunds, only transfers.


Please contact Helen Harte (email: ) for further information.