RECENT MEDIA

  • Te Whāriki Takapou HRC Summer Studentships for 2019

    Congratulations to Waikato University students Rebekah Laurence (Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Maniapoto) and Te Aomarama Anderson (Ngāti Roroa, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Tuwharetoa) for successfully completing their Health Research Council-funded Summer Studentships worth $5000 each (see attached reports).
  • New Zealand Government Response to UPR recommendations

    Te Whāriki Takapou and Family Planning New Zealand are thrilled that the New Zealand Government has stated that “protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights is a human rights priority.”
  • United Nations recommends removing abortion from the Crimes Act and adopt the Law Commission’s Model A

    The UN Human Rights Council has added its voice to the growing groundswell of support for New Zealand removing abortion from the Crimes Act and adopting the Law Commission’s proposed model A.
  • 32nd Session Universal Periodic Review of New Zealand

    In January 2019 New Zealand undergoes the 32nd Universal Periodic Review of our compliance to CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Te Whariki Takapou, in collaboration with Family Planning, is pleased to advocate for rights for all Māori women so as to enhance our rangatiratanga.
  • Abortion is not a crime

    On 26 October the Law Commission released their briefing paper regarding alternative approaches to treat abortion as a health issue. Te Whariki Takapou supports removing the statutory grounds for abortion.
  • ACC: Mates and Dates Funding

    Te Whāriki Takapou has been highly critical of the decision by ACC to spend $18.4m on the ‘Mates and Dates’ programme rather than invest in culturally appropriate teacher-led sexuality education in schools.
  • ACC: Mates and Dates Radio interview

    Te Whāriki Takapou has been highly critical of the decision by ACC to spend $18.4m on the ‘Mates and Dates’ programme rather than invest in culturally appropriate teacher-led sexuality education in schools.
  • ERO Report 2018

    The Education Review Office latest report on sexuality education in schools has been released. From Te Whāriki Takapou’s perspective, the report shows that the health and education sectors are failing Māori and that not much has changed since ERO’s last report in 2007. (Link Family Planning press release)
  • Sexual health taught using traditional Māori stories

    Te Whāriki Takapou and Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi were interviewed on Te Karere on 11 October 2018 highlighting the use of mātauranga Māori resources around sexual and reproductive health.

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI

WHO WE ARE

We provide Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion and research services.

Our team is located around the country and we work together using internet-based technologies.

OUR AIMS

Pae Ora – Good sexual and reproductive health now and for future generations.
Wai Ora – Economic and social structures enable good sexual and reproductive health.
Whānau Ora – Sexual and reproductive health services match whānau and community aspirations.
Mauri Ora – Sexual and reproductive health services are local, free, evidence-informed, and culturally-responsive.

WHAT WE DO

We collaborate with organisations in the health, education and research sectors to improve the sexual and reproductive health of rangatahi, whānau, and Māori communities.

Some of our collaborative projects are showcased below.

OUR WORK

Mana Tangata Whenua

Kura Kaupapa Māori

He Pūkenga Kōrero

Honour Project Aotearoa

Te Aitanga a Tiki

Policy and Advisory Services

HRC Summer Studentships

OUR TEAM

Chief Executive (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui)
Alison provides overall leadership for Te Whāriki Takapou, supporting initiatives and collaborations in Māori sexual and reproductive health that reflect the aspirations and values of Māori. Alison is an experienced researcher and advocate for mātauranga Māori-informed approaches to improving the sexual and reproductive health of rangatahi and Māori communities.

Dr Alison Green

Chief Executive (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui) Alison provides overall leadership for Te Whāriki Takapou, supporting initiatives and collaborations in Māori sexual and reproductive health that reflect the aspirations and values of Māori. Alison is an experienced researcher and advocate for mātauranga Māori-informed approaches to improving the sexual and reproductive health of rangatahi and Māori communities.
Health Promotion

Dr Jillian Tipene

Health Promotion & Research-Project Leader (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu) Currently engaged in Te Aitanga a Tiki and reproductive health research projects, Jillian has a background in Māori health promotion, Kaupapa Māori research, te reo Māori, translation theory, practice and ethics.
Kura Kaupapa Māori-Project Leader 
(Te Atiawa, Taranaki) 
Joeliee brings her wealth of educational experience to work with Kura Kaupapa Māori and Wharekura to develop teacher-led sexuality education programmes and resources that are freely available for all Kura Kaupapa Māori and Wharekura to use.

Dr Joeliee Seed-Pihama

Kura Kaupapa Māori-Project Leader (Te Atiawa, Taranaki) Joeliee brings her wealth of educational experience to work with Kura Kaupapa Māori and Wharekura to develop teacher-led sexuality education programmes and resources that are freely available for all Kura Kaupapa Māori and Wharekura to use.
Community Based Researcher (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi) Wētini is a proud takatāpui, a father of seven and joins Te Whāriki Takapou from the National Institute for Health Innovation. Wētini is promoting and working as a researcher on the Honour Project Aotearoa. His background is in research on Matauranga Māori kaupapa and Hauora, and is a very active community member serving on several local boards and committees.

Wētini Paul

Community Based Researcher (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi) Wētini is a proud takatāpui, a father of seven and joins Te Whāriki Takapou from the National Institute for Health Innovation. Wētini is promoting and working as a researcher on the Honour Project Aotearoa. His background is in research on Matauranga Māori kaupapa and Hauora, and is a very active community member serving on several local boards and committees.
Takataapui Health Promotion

Dr Tawhanga Nopera

Takataapui Health Promotion & Research – Project Leader (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Wāhiao, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Amaru, Ngāti Tawake) Tawhanga is a researcher on the Honour Project Aotearoa and, with Alison, advises on the Sexuality & Health Education Experts Steering Committee
Māori Advisor

Dr Mera Penehira

Māori Advisor & Chair (Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitāne) Mera is an experienced researcher, university lecturer, and formerly a member of an international research team investigating resilience, blood borne viruses and STIs among Indigenous communities.
Infrastructure

Vernon Waretini

Infrastructure & Trustee (Te Arawa, Tūhourangi) Since 1997, Vernon’s roles have included front line, management and administration. Vernon also provides project management, financial and IT services to support our use of cloud-based technologies.
Medical Advisor

Dr Jane Morgan

Medical Advisor & Trustee. Jane is a sexual health physician and clinical director at the Hamilton Sexual Health Clinic. She is also an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, and a board member for several sexual and reproductive health organisations.