Bi-Cultural Statement 

We honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are committed to ensuring our programmes, policies and HR practices are culturally safe for our staff and clients. We acknowledge the importance of this ongoing journey and are committed to supporting the success of Tangata Whenua, and to continuous improvement of the bi-cultural services we provide.

Our parent body (AFCT) has established a Whanaungatanga Tikanga Rua, who work together with our Māori and Tauiwi staff to strengthen our partnerships with local hapū/iwi, and ensure the principles of Te Tiriti are embedded in our daily practices.

Our Model of Practice

Our Model of Practice is based on Mason Durie’s Maori Health model, Te Whare Tapa Wha.

WAIRUA

We connect the individual to the world around them and strengthen their spiritual awareness.

Some of the ways we do this include:

Teen Link Ahi kaa Programe & Homefires: Mentors reconnect teens back to their homeland/ important places in their life

Safe Environments: Mentors help establish new environments of safety that support individuals to strengthen their connections to others and the world around them.

HINENGARO

We strengthen the individual’s emotional intelligence to learn healthier ways of thinking and behaving.

Some of the ways we do this include:

Reflective Discussions: Mentors facilitate discussions to explore hinengaro and practise using tools that support their growth.

Practical Skill Training: We create opportunities to reinforce positive self-image as clients master new skills and achieve their goals.

WHĀNAU

We support individuals and families to grow strong, healthy relationships with their whānau & social systems

Some of the ways we do this include:

Mentoring: Mentors work 1:1 to build trust with children/teens and then establish safe and healthy connections with their whānau together. Mentors demonstrate to parents and caregivers how to build loving and consistent communication skills.

Advocacy: Mentors work with clients to navigate their social systems and develop strategies that strengthen their ability to connect with the world around them.

TINANA

We support the individual to self-manage their physical health and wellbeing.

Some of the ways we do this include:

Mentor Education & Activities: Mentors educate on the importance of nutrition, exercise, sleep and reducing self-destructive addicting behaviors through group training or 1:1 activities.

Role Modelling: Mentors demonstrate and encourage healthy lifestyle choices, cooking skills and physical activity, and assist with seeking medical attention when required.