We acknowledge our sponsors and donors, and wish to welcome new partners into our Ao.
Since E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services opened its doors to mātua taiohi and their pēpi across Auckland, over 500 rangatahi and their families have benefitted from our aroha.
Young pregnancy is often regarded as socially and economically unacceptable, and many young parents report feeling stigmatised, marginalised and judged (Hanna, 2001), whilst also facing challenges of solo parenting, limited education, unemployment, poor health and poverty.
As one of few organisations of its kind, E Tipu E Rea leads a powerful initiative to dismantle existing stigmas and repression of rangatahi in our community, particularly those of Māori and Pasifika backgrounds.
Statistics also show that Maori experience higher rates of teenage pregnancy than any other group. Registration with an LMC during the first trimester of pregnancy was less common among Māori and Pacific women (55.2% and 35.5%, respectively) whilst young women (47.8% of women aged under 20 years) and women residing in the most deprived neighbourhoods (51.9% in quintile 5) were also recorded significantly lower. P.34 (MOH, Maternity Report, 2018).
Our service to new and expecting teen parents helps to create a future where our rangatahi and tamariki are able to enact their rangatiratanga, reconnect with their whakapapa, and reach their full potential.