Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow provides support for children aged five to 12 years old across Canterbury.
Mana Ake kaimahi work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss and managing emotions.
Kaimahi have a diverse range of skills and include psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers and youth workers. Kaimahi can work with individual children and their families at school, in the community or at home and with groups of children in schools. They provide advice, guidance and support for teachers and family/ whānau.
Mana Ake is now available to children in schools across Canterbury. Have a look at the list to find out when your school will have access to Mana Ake and talk with them about making a request for support.
There are three key elements of the Mana Ake initiative – additional FTE, changing the way we work and the web-based Leading Lights tool.
Kaimahi are employed directly by 13 non-government organisations (NGOs) who make up the provider network. They operate as a virtual team and are flexible to quickly respond to the needs of a child as wellbeing concerns arise.
Changing the way we work
Mana Ake, alongside the Learning Support delivery approach, promotes collaboration to enable clusters of schools, kura and early childhood education (ECE) to work with support services ensuring that resources are targeted most effectively to those who need them.
Mana Ake works with and through school communities by complementing and enhancing existing pastoral care support to intervene early means we can stop some children’s needs escalating.
Leading Lights is a website designed specifically for teachers and education professionals which helps them to identify children with specific health, learning or wellbeing needs and provide ideas and strategies of about how these children are best supported within schools.
Guidance includes recognising and responding to a child’s mental and physical health, behavioural or learning needs; advice and resources for supporting individual children, the class, the family/whānau, and support agencies; and how to request specialist and support services in the local education and health systems.
E atawhai ana mātou
Te whakatōkia o ngā kakano i ruia mai
E nga māhuri tōtara e tipu ana mō āpōpō.
Nā tātou katoa hei awhi te kaupapa,
Hei mana ake te tū tauira tonu ai.
Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.
We nurture and protect
the seeds sown near and far,
so that they may grow into mighty totara for a not so distant tomorrow.
We embrace our responsibility,
To encourage students on a path of lifelong learning.
Unified, Together, Strong.
Mana Ake has released key messages from its meetings held Wednesday 6 June and Tuesday 22 May.
Key messages from previous meetings are saved under the Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow folder on the Web Document Library.
P: 021 549 875
P: 022 073 2461
Maria Lui - 021 332 048
Joel Brittenden - 020 4177 0038
Kate Walkinshaw - 027 886 5780
Malcolm Gooch - 027 270 6733
Liz Riley - 021 316 960
Antoinette Lewis - 027 275 4229
Fiona Wells - 022 060 6653
Sandra Keenan - 021 128 4820
P: 021 683 728