Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Minister of Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods attended an event to congratulate everyone who had a part in the design and roll out of Mana Ake.
“In just one year, Mana Ake has supported 942 children individually, and 578 children in groups. That’s a lot of children that have been listened to and had their wellbeing issues? concerns taken seriously,” says David Clark.
“Our tamariki have experienced a number of challenges in their lives, from the ongoing impact of the earthquakes, which served as the initial impetus for Mana Ake, through to the experience of the attacks on March 15 this year, as well as the challenges of day to day life.
“For parents to know that their children will be supported when they go to school is a fantastic comfort – and no doubt will be improving the mental health and wellbeing of many parents as well,” he continued.
The pupils of Burnside Primary School were front and centre at the event - a reminder to everyone attending who we are all working for.
Minister Megan Woods says it is the people involved in Mana Ake who have made it such a success.
“The role kaimahi play to support Canterbury’s young people can’t be overstated. Our kaimahi go into schools every day to help, support and build resilience for our school children, equipping them with skills which will help them for the rest of their lives.
As of 29 April 2019, all Year 1 to 8 children in Canterbury’s 219 primary and intermediate schools have been able to access dedicated wellbeing and mental health support in schools from Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow.
Watch a video featuring the voices of the Mana Ake community, or download the year in review booklet.