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 with the support of kaumatua, we embedded a kaupapa Māori approach to support people of all backgrounds.
We now work across the Auckland region and hold a special relationship with Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust. Ngāti Pāoa Iwi Trust values greatly the work we undertake with mātua taiohi, hapū mama and their tamariki to enact their own rangātiratanga within their whānau, iwi, and community. Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust also wants to see all young whānau in Tāmaki thriving. Ngāti Pāoa is one of the 19 iwi in Tamaki that hold a historical relationship with spaces and places in Tāmaki.
Ngāti Pāoa has gifted E Tipu e Rea with their ongoing support for the work we do with young whānau in Tāmaki, through their provision of iwi social and health service accreditation. Paoa ki uta, Paoa ki tai, Paoa ki tua o te pae o Matariki.
E Tipu e Rea and Ngāti Paoa see the work we undertake as a movement that brings young hapū māmā, mātua taiohi and their tamariki together, we want you to be part of our work, 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 hapū māmā, mātua taiohi, and their tamariki to gain the tools and skills to, fulfill 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.