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 upholding the mana and hauora of young Māori – and with the support of iwi and kaumatua, we embedded a kaupapa Māori approach to support the health and social needs of young whānau from all backgrounds.
We now work across the Auckland region and hold a special relationship with Ngāti Pāoa Iwi Trust. Ngāti Pāoa holds historical relationships with spaces and places in Tāmaki. Ngāti Paoa significant lead interests include; Sylvia Park, Panmure, Mt Wellington, Glen Innes, Glendowie, Meadowbank, Kohimarama, Akoranga, Northcote, Devonport, Takapuna. Other interests include islands in the Tāmaki Strait (including Waiheke, Pōnui, Rātōroa, and Tiritiri Matangi Islands and reaches across to the Coromandel Peninsula over Manaia and Kaimarama).
Our special relationship with Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust allows us to bring the matauranga, wisdom and knowledge of mana whenua to help guide us in our work. Our Head Office is in Mauinaina (Panmure), the heartland of Ngāti Paoa. We share our office with Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust. Pāoa ki uta, Pāoa ki tai, Pāoa ki tua o te pae o Matariki.
Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have signed a Kawenata to work together to establish and support each other’s lead interests in Tāmaki. We acknowledge the support of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. We also acknowledge the whenua of Te Kawarau ā Maki in Te Atatū. Our community outreach office is based in Te Atatū.
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 hapū māmā, mātua taiohi, and their tamariki to gain the tools and skills to fulfil their potential, build on their hauora and strengthen as a whānau. Individual and systemic advocacy is also part of our whānau tautoko.
- Whakapapa: Encouraging mātua taiohi and hapū māmā 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.