Te Ra Mokopuna: National Safe Sleep Day Aotearoa is being held on Friday 3rd December 2021 across the motu proudly coordinated by the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service at Hapai Te Hauora.

Lindsay Poutama provides a framework for the concentric circles of protection to contextualise Māori values within the organisation.  

A 3-month-old baby with her face buried in a pillow. A 5-week-old lying on his tummy with cannabis in his system. A 4-month-old trapped down the side of a couch with his sibling partially on top of him. A 9-month-old with its neck caught in the band of a sleep tent.

Born in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, Lisa grew up in Kawerau, Matatā and in her teenage years Mataura, Southland. First learning to weave in 1987, starting with taniko Lisa then naturally progressing to weaving kete, whāriki, rapaki, maro, piupiu, and tukutuku.

Alisha Fonmoa has worked in SUDI prevention for the past 8 years and is currently working at Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust in Christchurch. After having her second child, Alisha has been out in the community working and supporting māmā and pēpi and running “Mums & Bubs” groups, which offers a space for connection and support.
The 15th data report of the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) published in September 2021 is available online.

As a Polynesian woman, Telesia Amosa, understands that her people love to co-sleep with their pēpi and tamariki. “Historically, the structure of our fāle (whare/house) tells us we’ve been doing this for many years,” says Telesia.