November 25, 2022
Oranga tamariki staff pass cultural competency course
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi head Wiremu Doherty is confident a cultural competency programme for Oranga Tamariki staff will make a positive difference in their work.
An initial 400 staff at the child protection agency have just completed the Tū Māia programme, which is being delivered by the country’s three wananga.
It was instigated by the late Sir Harawira Gardiner during his short stint as the agency’s acting chief executive.
“Key components of that program were looking at reo, looking at tikanga, and also by doing that allowing them to have an insight into matauranga maori – as a strategy to try and unravel some of the challenges that sit within Oranga Tamariki,” Professor Doherty says.
He says while many Oranga Tamariki staff are already competent in te ao Maori – the training is also about sharing collective experiences that can benefit for all staff in their work.