Poutiria te Aroha: Facilitating Cultural Restoration, Honouring Sacred Connection

A view of cultural diversity, creativity and wisdom through the work of community educators and facilitators from Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Poutiria te Aroha is a culturally anchored parenting programme that is relevant to who we are as Māori and what we need now to live the intentional child-centred tikanga (practices) of our heritage, as mothers, as fathers, as whole whānau (families) and community. It begins with the knowing that every child is a sacred being….. he tapu te tamaiti!

In this workshop, we will share some of the facilitated processes we use to share our philosophy and practices, and to engage people as part of our parenting programme.  You will gain an understanding of a cultural framework for awareness of the spiritual dimensions of each person that underpins our work with whānau.  This can be widely applied by facilitators to enhance our awareness and enrich our work as we relate to groups and individuals.  This workshop will reflect that we operate programmes in both Māori and in English, and the importance of indigenous language revitalisation to the authenticity of inter-cultural exchange. (Please note that knowledge of Te Reo Māori – Māori language- is not required of workshop participants).

The Presenters

Katarina Mataira and Tuihana Bosch are sisters whose ancestral links are to Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Kahungunu.  They continue the work of their mother, Dame Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira, who, along with others, was instrumental in the revival of Māori language from the 1980s.  They bring the techniques and deep knowledge developed as part of that community education movement into their current work with Poutiria te Aroha, a parenting programme informed by  Māori wisdom and tradition, and the philosophy of nonviolence.  Together, they founded Te Mauri Tau, a kaupapa-Māori community organisation focused on learning about sustainability, health and education.

Helen Ritchie is a facilitator of Pakeha (NZ European) descent, who shares her skills and knowledge in a broad range of contexts to improve the outcomes of well-being for people and for place. She is a key contributor to the work of Te Mauri Tau.