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Our next Kaimahi Kōrero highlights our new kaimahi duo Jess and Lena, Kai Ararau for Whanake Te Kura – a free 2 day wānanga for hapū whānau around the birth and early parenting of their pēpi.

Kia ora kōrua, tell us about you and your mahi
Firstly we are both proud māmā to our young families.  We are the new Kai Ararau for Whanake Te Kura, teaching pregnancy, birth and early parenting education.  We have been working at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga since July 2021.  We are both loving the new journey and have learnt so much in this time.

Ko Te Mata te maunga
Ko Tukitkui te awa
Ko Draco te waka
Ko Jess McDougal tōku ingoa

Ko Ngāuruhoe te maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Nō Whanganui ahau
Kei Ahuriri ahau e noho ana
Ko Whetton rāua ko Hossack ngā ingoa whānau
Ko Chris tāku tāne
Ko Marlon rāua ko Kobe ōku tamariki
Ko Lena Whetton tōku ingoa

Tell us about your mahi?
We are both passionate about empowering whānau to understand their choices during pregnancy, labour and early parenting.  We provide information about preparing for birth, lifestyle and wellbeing, labour/birth management, breastfeeding and eary parenting tools and tips for hapū māmā and their support person.  It is also a safe space for whānau to meet one another and build up a support group with others going through the same experience. 

What do you like most about your job?
We love the people that we work with as well as the support we are able to offer whānau.  Working for a kaupapa Māori organisation is great – especially being immersed in culture and everyone being so welcoming.  Knowing that our mahi can make a difference for whānau really motivates us to come to work each day. 

Click here to find out more about Whanake Te Kura

Kaimahi Kōrero - Jess & Lena, Whanake Te Kura

06 871 5350Or contact us here.


Phone 06 8715352
Fax 06 8715353



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