Premiere for Talanoa Ato video
14 August 2018 - Talking Matters had the pleasure of attending the premiere of Le Malelega a le To'elau's video about the power of Talanoa. The video looks at how the Samoan ECE uses the Talanoa Ato or Kete (Basket) to spark conversations between children and their aiga at home. Find out more
Everyone can be a part of Talking Matters
Talking Matters is a community-wide initiative, bringing together education, health and social services with whānau to promote the importance of talking more and talking differently with children, to maximise their potential. Talking is particularly important when children's brains are forming – in the first three years, so our focus is families with infants and toddlers. Read more
NEXT Foundation boosts investment in Talking Matters campaign
May - NEXT Foundation has announced it is extending its funding for Talking Matters, our campaign promoting the importance of rich language with babies. Read more
What's ahead in 2018 and what we did last year!
Our Talking Matters campaign is growing like a kumara vine. More and more people and organisations have joined, and there is more talk about talk around the country. Here's a summary of our mahi last year and what's ahead.
Language is an 'engine' for learning, thinking, literacy and life
Children are born wanting to communicate and learn. When the important adults in their world interact and respond to them, they thrive. Interaction and talk actually grows a baby's brain in their early years. That's why talking matters!