The first time we took Talking Matters out was to the Tāmaki Toddlers Day Out in December 2016. We launched the community action phase with a powhiri at Ruapotaka Marae. We are collaborating with a range of organisations in Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure on a whole-of-life approach to promoting wellness, including equipping tamariki and their whānau with rich oral language. A key part of working in Tāmaki is to connect with parenting, including fathers, and whole of whānau initiatives. Partners include Glen Innes Family Centre, Heart Parenting, Weaving Wairua, Glen Innes Library and Panmure, Flipping East, ADHB and Manaiakalani Schools.
Several of these organisations are presenting some of their work at the Summit’s action stations. Insight Tāmaki, a local social enterprise, will be talking about their empathy interviews with 15 local parents to understand what it takes to nurture the communication abilities of the tamariki in Tāmaki. Matt Rua from COMET Auckland will be looking at how talking about sport can start conversations about values in whānau.