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April 2021

Rongo Pānui

Tēnā koutou katoa 
 
It has been a busy and productive few months for our team since our last newsletter . During this time we have really enjoyed hosting a number of co-design events with mātua taiohi and working more closer advocating for the prevention of youth homelessness as a member of the steering group Manaaki Rangatahi. 
 
E Tipu E Rea are also watching very closely the newly announced health reforms and welcome the establishment of a Māori Health Authority . For too long we have seen the impacts of a health system that does not fairly treat whānau Māori. The devil is always in the detail but we are hopeful this change will bring much needed equity in hauora outcomes for mātua taiohi and their tamariki. For an excellent article on the new Māori Heath Authority follow this link: : https://theconversation.com/new-authority-could-transform-maori-health-but-only-if-its-a-leader-not-a-partner-159425?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=bylinefacebookbutton&fbclid=IwAR2zb3ESuc5HTVFxNH3X5NXyhq5Uz6AubVYnlGoE3gOtDdf9WySwnyAqgCc
 
We are really enjoying having the energy of student placements with us who are giving us new ideas and a boost to our social work and policy and advocacy wairua, already we don’t want them to leave! 
 
Lastly we are so excited to be finally moving into our new office on Edmonton Road. I hope you will all come and visit our whare soon.
 
Me te whakaaro nui, 

Zoe Hawke
Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Paoa
Kaiwhakahaere Matua

Tūtaki ki te tīma
Social work students: Marilyn Saulala and Arihia Komene
Nau mai, haere mai i ta mātou tauira! We are so excited to welcome two social work students into the E Tipu E Rea whānau.

Mālō e lelei everyone!
My name is Marilyn Saulala. I am a student at the University of Auckland. I am currently in my 3rd year of studies which requires us to complete a 60 day placement. I am blessed to do my placement here at E Tipu E Rea which I am super excited about. I will be working alongside Lauren Bartley, so when you see her you will most likely see me too. I enjoying working with people and helping them navigate their way through life. So I look forward to working with some of you and hope to meet you all soon.



Kia Ora tātou e te Whānau 
My name is Arihia Komene. I am a Māori student from Unitec who has been fortunate enough to be doing my placement at E tipu e Rea Whānau services. I am lucky enough to have Alina as my supervisor, so throughout my journey here I will be alongside her and see the work she does. 
A little background on me, My mother is from Te Whānau a apanui, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Porou. So my mother is mainly from the east coast area and Taupo. My Father side I am from Te Arawa and Nga Puhi. So in Nga Puhi I am from Hokianga and my father is also from Rotorua. 
At this moment I work at Unitec as well as study there. My work there is Kura Po which is a Māori night class, I am the administration and I do all the background work that goes into it. I am very lucky to have this job as it allows me to interact and build connections with different people. It brings warmth to my heart when I hear Te Reo Māori being spoken.  
Something or a quote that I live by and that has been getting me through this journey of studying and work is “Manaakitia te rito” this quote is based on a harakeke plant, Manaakitia means to care for, but the rito is the middle part of that plant and it is the baby, but with that plant it has many flax around it and that support its growth and that is what I am trying and working towards in having that sort of mindset in helping the ‘rito’ grow by supporting and caring for it. 
I am looking forward to meeting everyone and soaking up all the knowledge richness I get from being


We wish Marilyn and Arihia all the very best on their placements with us!
This is what joy looks like! In February, we learnt over Zoom that our bid for a council building was successful and this is the moment we heard the news! Since September last year, we have been working remotely from our homes, in our cars, in libraries and cafes. This has been really challenging and so we're beyond excited to move into our new whare in the Te Atatu South Community Centre next week! All welcome to join us for karakia on Thursday 29th April 9am to bless our new space.
Mātua Taiohi recent events
 
Over the last few months, we have held two workshops for our whānau to help us co-design a new Māori model of working with mātua taiohi. Facilitated by Layla Lyndon-Tonga, mātua taiohi were given the opporunity to kōrero with us about what works and what doesn't work when it comes to working with young parents. These were great conversations, and has given us lots to work with in developing our new model of practice. Of course we had lots of kai and fun along the way too!
Policy and Advocacy Work that Supports Mātua Taiohi

Youth Homelessness
Over the last few months, we have been focusing on youth homelessess, and more specifically mātua taiohi in emergency housing. We have been appalled by the fact that nearly half of our mātua taiohi have been in MSD-funded motels in the last six months. All of them are either hapū or have young children, and all have struggled with feeling unsafe, overwhelmed and isolated. We released a press statement in on March 1st, and this was picked up by 1 News and Te Karere. We are continuing to work on more effective messaging to ensure our concerns about mātua taiohi in motels are heard.
Read our press release here
Te Karere article
What mātua taiohi have told us about motels:

“When my baby is screaming, there’s no one allowed to come help me. I feel so alone” (young māmā, 17)

I've had people trying to get in, yelling while my son is asleep” (young māmā, 19)

One time when a lady was screaming … at like 2am… even the security guard who was there don’t do anything. Even when the cops drove past and she was still yelling as they're driving past they didn't do anything” (young māmā, 19)

“Every day I stay in my room with my baby. We never go outside because there are people smoking outside and strangers are hanging around outside, in corridors, outside the window. It’s not safe for me and my baby.” (young māmā, 20)

 “There’s not enough space for my baby to play” (young māmā, 17)

“The kitchen is not big enough to cook a proper meal for my son. There’s no way to block the kitchen off, so I get scared he will hurt himself while I’m asleep.” (young māmā, 18)

 “It’s isolating in the room with no family or friends to come and visit, only allowed to visit outside in carpark…where there’s people sitting around” (young māmā, 18)

“I’m applying for every rental I can find, and I keep getting turned down. It’s like they’ve got something against young parents” (young māmā, 19)

“The requirements of going to house viewings has been very hard with a baby. I've got no transport to get to viewings, I have to show evidence of viewings, and renewing my stay every week is very stressful and difficult for me. I always have that feeling of getting kicked out” (young māmā, 18).
 
We are part of the Manaaki Rangatahi Collective, a group of individuals and organisations calling on the Government for an urgent response into youth homelessness. E Tipu E Rea has an added imperative in advocating for the needs of young people with children. The Manaaki Rangatahi Collective met recently with Associate Minister for Housing (Homelessness) Hon Marama Davidson to call for urgent action into the issue of youth homelessness. Our Policy and Advocacy Lead, Lauren Bartley, attended this hui on behalf of E Tipu E Rea to ensure that the unique needs of homeless mātua taiohi were represented.
 
What we’re doing next:
  • We will continue to meet with the Manaaki Rangatahi Collective to add our voice to a larger movement
  • We are continuing work on designing our own model of emergency and transitional housing for mātua taiohi
  • We are in contact with the Ministry of Social Development who are interested in our design
  • We are exploring other mechanisms of advocacy, such as writing to MPs and conducting further research on mātua taiohi experiencing homelessness or precarious housing
  • As always, we will continue supporting the mātua taiohi who are in motels or experiencing precarious housing, to advocate on their behalf and ensure that their needs are met
Manaaki Rangatahi Collective met recently with Associate Minister for Housing (Homelessness) Hon Marama Davidson.
Community Events
Image Credit: Circability - Facebook
Youth Circus Festival
 
Have you ever wanted to join the circus? Now is your chance to try! Circability are hosting a free circus workshop day for 12-24 year olds! Find the Facebook event here!
Visionwest are hosting a careers expo to connect those looking for work to potential employers. Let your E Tipu E Rea social worker know if you're keen to attend, we can organise transport.
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