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. Talk to your child's teacher, or a member of the school staff, to check if Mana Ake is the right service to support your child. If your child does not currently attend a school, you can request support directly from Mana Ake via email@example.com
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.
Read an update about Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow in the latest edition of Canterbury DHB's Well Now magazine (pg 12).
P: 021 549 875
Murray Roberts, Implementation Lead
Desiree Ettmuller, Practice Lead
P: 022 073 2461
Vacant, Evaluation Lead
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 - 021 969 128
P: 021 683 728
Parent information flyer:
Providing consent and feedback
Family/ whānau wellbeing
Oat the Goat
Looking after your wellbeing - teachers
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Education
Christchurch Methodist Mission
Family Help Trust
He Waka Tapu
Hornby Presbyterian Community Trust
Purapura Whetu Trust
Stand Children’s Services
St John of God Hauora Trust
Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust
Youth Alive Trust
Canterbury Resilience Hub
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Features interviews with principals, members of the Provider Network organisations and Mana Ake kaimahi.