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Having a Baby?

Whanake Te Kura is here for you.


Whanake Te Kura is a fantastic kaupapa open to all pregnant women - and their partners who live in Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke's Bay.
Two-day wānanga/workshops enable you to learn about yourself as a hapū woman, changes to your body, lifestyle and wellbeing, caring for yourself, preparing for labour and birth, relationships, and changes in the home.

Plus, you’ll make friends for life.

Over the two days we will cover together information such as:

  • Whakawhanaungatanga
  • Immunisations
  • Kaupapa Maori/Mana Wāhine Clay work / Ipu whenua
  • Midwife’s responsibilities
  • Your rights
  • Labour and birthing
  • Look at the birthing units at hospital
  • Medical interventions
  • Healing post birth
  • Baby’s life in your womb – ie lifestyle
  • Safe sleep – Pēpi pod / Wahakura 
  • Support in labour, postnatal, life after baby
  • Breastfeeding basics/tautoko/reality
  • Changes for you, dad, as parents, in the relationship
  • Parenting – easy things to know and notice
  • Bathing your baby
  • Meditation, breathing, visualisation to connect with baby

2021 wānanga dates 

Wānanga will take place regularly (usually Wednesday or Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm) and can be delivered in locations across Hastings, Napier and Central Hawke's Bay.  You can register your interest and one of our Facilitators will be in touch to discuss dates, times and locations that work for your whānau.                

Some feedback from our new parents

"Enjoyed the aura (feel) of the space, feel less alone when you’re with other people in the same boat."

"At first I was a bit nervous being a dad here, but I’m glad I came, it was really cool, and you learn what the mum will go through."

"Didn’t think about what happens after the birth – our bodies, the healing process, and parenting."

"Programme is fantastic and knowledgeable."

To enrol for Whanake Te Kura, phone 0800 TAIWHENUA.
Ask for our registration centre, Te Wairatahi.


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06 871 5350Or contact us here.


Phone 06 8715352
Fax 06 8715353
 Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga 

821 Orchard Road, Hastings 

PO Box 718, Hastings 4122,

Aotearoa New Zealand   

P: 0800 TAIWHENUA or 06 871 5350
F: 06 871 5351

Hauora Heretaunga 

  821 Orchard Road, Hastings 

  P: 06 871 5352


 Waipukurau Centre

 Cnr Ruataniwha and Herbert Streets


  P: 0800 153 240 or 06 858 9559

  F: 06 858 9225



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