Ko Tuwhakairiora te iwi
Ko Hunaara te hapū 
Ko Hinerupe te marae
Nō Te Araroa tēnei whakapapa 
Kei Manurewa ahau e noho ana
Ko Alehandrea Manuel tōku ingoa

On 1 August this year the Northland DHB Safe Sleep Programme launched a pilot programme to recycle and reuse Pēpi-Pods® back to whānau in need of a safe sleep space.

The pilot area is centred in Whangarei with distribution through iwi health providers, maternity units and services.

April O'Brien is the new Whānau Ora Community Health Worker for Murupara and surrounding areas working for Te Ika Whenua Hauora Incorporated Society.


Alys shares how different whānau members can support breastfeeding and the wellbeing of mokopuna. Alys sees birth and wāhine as a taonga, just as ūkaipō [breastfeeding] is a taonga that has been passed onto us from our tūpuna. Wāhine are the house of the people, just like the marae, it is a house of protection, a house of nurturing.

Tash explains that while breastfeeding is a natural process, it does not always come naturally. Tash integrates knowlege from te ao Māori, western research and her own experiences to inform how she works with whānau to support holistic wellbeing.

Amy explores the connection between Papatūānuku and wāhine who both sustain and nourish mokopuna. She shares that for wāhine, we not only have the mana to nurture mokopuna within us, in te whare tangata, but once baby is born through our wai ū (breastmilk). Amy shares that breastmilk carries our DNA, it carries our whakapapa.

The link provides seven training modules and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Please feel free to share the link with your colleagues.

The training covers the following topics: