The E Tipu E Rea Whānau was established following the successful implementation of a teen parent project at Auckland Women’s Centre. This project highlighted the need for an independent, Auckland-based teen parent service.
We began as Thrive, officially established in 2011 to support, advocate for, and empower teen parents in West and Central Auckland
The journey to becoming the E Tipu E Rea Whānau came about because of the belief in our whānau in upholding the mana and hauora of young Māori – and using a kaupapa Māori approach to support people of all backgrounds. We now work across the Auckland Region. The E Tipu E Rea Whānau is a movement that brings mātua taiohi and their tamariki together, we want you to be part of us, you are the E Tipu E Rea Whānau.
E Tipu E Rea, meaning “to grow and to thrive” from a kōrero by Ta Apirana Ngata, encompasses our kaupapa on three levels:
- Whānau: Supporting our taiohi and their tamariki to gain the tools and skills to, fulfill their potential, build on their hauora and strengthen as a whānau.
- Whakapapa: Encouraging mātua taiohi to reconnect with their hapū, their whenua and their whakapapa, because this has an immeasurable impact on their hauora wairua.
- Te Ao: International teen pregnancy rates are most represented by indigenous peoples, and a colonial stigma victimises and sidelines teen mothers as an economic problem. Our kaupapa is to dismantle that stigma by helping mātua taiohi enact their rangatiratanga.