Our work in the Tamaki community
Learn about our programmes and community education classes
The work we do in the Tamaki community is at the forefront of our mission. When we set up our programmes, we looked closely at the areas in the community that we could help, aligning with the Sisters of Mercy and Te Waipuna Puawai’s values of meeting the unmet needs of the community through invitation.
Our programmes and initiatives are guides by three core themes:
- Papatūānuku: fostering earth awareness and responding to the call to heal the environment
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi: commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and working in ways that work for Māori whānau and communities
- Tikanga Atawhai: the practice of mercy values
Healthy Relationships in Tamaki (HEART) is our flagship programme. Our mission with HEART is to provide a shared space for people in the community to gather, connect, learn and share food – helping prevent family violence by promoting healthy whānau relationships.
Based on the theory of change, HEART is built on the philosophy that strengthening the connection between people and their places creates shared value, increases sociability, cooperation, pride and influence to grow better families and neighbourhoods.
Growing Financial Independence in Tamaki (G-FIT) is a co-ordination service that uses a community development approach to raise the profile of financial issues amongst financial services to directly assist whanau.
This programme gives families the skills, information and support to grow their financial independence by providing courses, information and practical support.
Our Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a two-year programme for pre-school aged children, helping parents build experiences and learnings that lay the foundation for their children’s success in school and later life. HIPPY is a structured programme, utilising workbooks and courses to support children’s development and learning.
Through this programme, we aim to help parents play an important role in their child’s education. This parental participation not only supports children, but opens opportunities for parents into training, education and employment.
Community Education Classes
We continue to provide community education classes and programmes to address the needs of women in the local Tamaki community. Through self-development and culturally-based programmes, we focus on physical, mental, spiritual and whānau well-being.Our practical courses aid their development and provide a variety of education programmes, such as:
- Computer courses
- Sewing classes
- Cooking classes
- Cultural practices
Self development classes using Māori concepts of well-being (oranga wairua, mana atua, mana tupun
In partnership with local community businesses and organisations, we provide support for the Tamaki community and families in need. In order to make a meaningful difference, we offer a range of support services, one-to-one social work, counselling and food and clothing parcels.
In order to keep providing valuable support, we welcome donations of clothes, food and items that we can distribute to families in need.