Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow

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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 manaakefeedback@cdhb.health.nz

There are three key elements of the Mana Ake initiative – additional FTE, changing the way we work and the web-based Leading Lights tool.

 

FTE

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

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.

  • Mana Ake karakia read by Karaitiana Tickell

    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.

Latest news

New kaimahi join Mana Ake whānau

The Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow initiative achieved a special milestone this week when they welcomed 19 new team members, marking the final scheduled intake of dedicated wellbeing and mental health workers to support Canterbury’s five to 12 year olds.

Hector Matthews led the welcome for the new workers (kaimahi) at a Mihi Whakatau, held at the Canterbury District Health Board’s Design Lab on 1 April.

Clare Shepherd introduced the new kaimahi to Maia, the hypothetical child that Mana Ake holds central to everything they do. “The work we do focuses on supporting Maia to grow and be as strong and well-grounded as she can be, in the context of her whānau and community.”

She stressed the important part that each person in the health, education and social system plays in achieving the best possible outcomes for Maia.

“Alliancing is really important to the way we work in ensuring resources across the system are accessed at the right time so Maia learns, grows and is supported socially and emotionally,” said Clare. 

“As new kaimahi coming into the Mana Ake whānau you will play an important part in development of the way we work, as your colleagues before you have. You will see new opportunities along the way which will help us enrich this service.”

Mana Ake was established in March 2018 to promote wellbeing and deliver dedicated wellbeing and mental health support to children in school years 1-8 across Canterbury. It was first rolled out to schools in the Tamai and Uru Mānuka Kāhui Ako (Communities of Learning) on 23 April 2018.

Sir John Hansen, Independent Chair of the Canterbury Clinical Network and the Mana Ake service level alliance echoed the welcome and acknowledged the hard work that's gone into getting the service up and running so quickly.

“It’s been said of the initiative, that we’re designing and building a ship while sailing it through the storm and it’s true that this has been a very fast-paced implementation. I can’t think of anything else that’s been rolled out in this sort of timeframe and that is due to the level of cooperation between partners.

“It’s been an amazing achievement that’s in large part due to the work of the project team and, importantly, the work that you have all done on the frontline.”

The 19 new workers will have a three-week induction before starting work in 54 schools across seven clusters, as well as the 8 private schools not in existing clusters, next term (29 April). They’ll provide support 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 social workers, counsellors, teachers, youth workers and psychologists. They can work with individual children and their families at school, in the community or at home; and with groups of children in schools. They also provide advice, guidance and support for teachers and family/ whānau.

Canterbury Clinical Network is responsible for leading the design and delivery of this initiative, which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, Canterbury DHB, Police, non-government organisations and consumers. To find out more, download the flyer or visit the CCN website > Focus Areas > Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow.

Mana Ake map - cluster skills/ contacts
  • KEY CONTACTS

Project Lead

Clare Shepherd

E: clare.shepherd@cdhb.health.nz

P:  021 549 875

Project Team

Murray Roberts, Implementation Lead

E: Murray.Roberts@cdhb.health.nz

Desiree Ettmuller, Practice Lead 

E: Desiree.Ettmuller@cdhb.health.nz

P:  022 073 2461

Vacant, Evaluation Lead

E: 

Team Leaders

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

Media enquiries

Elly Edwards

E: elly.edwards@ccn.health.nz

P:  021 683 728