July 04, 2013
Ririki seeking official support for parenting model
The director of Mana Ririki says the Māori child advocacy group is ready to step up a gear.
Anton Blank has quit the Sir Owen Glenn taskforce on child abuse because he says it’s more important to make the Ririki Māori parenting model more widely available than to prepare another report on the problem.
He says the model Ririki has developed is more suitable to local conditions than United States programmes like Incredible Years of Triple P Parenting which the Ministry of Education supports.
"Here we are a little player offering a Māori model we know is far more relevant to Māori parents but given providers who are offered big contracts to deliver these other programmes we have trouble competing with them. The next phase is to get ourselves into the same space so we have as much status as those other programmes and the government funds agencies to deliver our model'" Mr Blank says.
He says the Sensitive To A Smile initiative, where the country’s top reggae acts have redone the Herbs classic, has been a welcome financial boost for Ririki and shown the effectiveness of electronic and social media in reaching young parents.
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