Mauri ora e te Iwi. Ko Tapu Ariki, ko Moehau, ko Te Aroha me Taupiri ngā Maunga Ko Ohinemuri me Waikato ngā Awa Ko Tīkapa te Moana Ko Tainui te Waka Ko Waikato me Ngati Tamaterā ngā Iwi Ko Ngati Naaho, Ko Ngati Tara, Tokanui Tāwhaki ngā Hapu Ko Maurea me Ngahutoitoi ngā Marae Ko Tamara rāua ko Pēti Ngaro Whiunui Te Moananui õku Tūpuna He uri tēnei no te Pare Waikato me te Pare Hauraki Kei Tauranga Moana au e noho ana Ko Aroha Kapi Tõku ingoa Kia ora and welcome to my kõrero space where I have the opportunity to share a little bit about myself and my role within this amazing company.
I have had the honour and privilege of being an Educarer with JeMMas Home-based Childcare since 2008. Over these years I have helped nurture, guide, encourage and support many tamariki and their whānau through their ECE years. As the eldest granddaughter, daughter and sister to my siblings within my whānau as well as being a māmā of three and nana to one mokopuna, I have always had a nurturing and innate passion for caring for and looking after children. I am incredibly passionate about offering childcare with and through a Māori world view lense and what that means is, I am committed to incorporating te reo Māori, tikanga and kaupapa Māori through my programming. Our guiding principles for my homebased childcare service mirror the principles upheld within a marae setting such as Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Aroha, Wairuatanga and Māoritanga. Not only do I offer this within my home-based setting but I also facilitate kaupapa Māori sessions for pre-schoolers at all of the Tauranga City Council libraries throughout the year. The main kaupapa we tautoko at the libraries are Multi cultural month, Matariki and Te wiki o te reo Māori. My tamariki in care are a huge part of these activities playing supporting roles and demonstrating leadership as their confidence continues to grow. As a member of the Ngā Toi Māori Art Gallery and Studios Whānau based in the Faulkner house at The Historic Village I also facilitate children’s workshops with a focus on Māori arts and weaving for children, another experience pēpi in my care have the opportunity to explore with their whānau. I am a very hands on kaiako and we are an active rõopu within our home and community. We attend Tai o Fenua which is a Pasifika playgroup, we are contributing members of Poipoia Te Mokopuna which is a Ngai Te Rangi Iwi lead Te Reo Māori playgroup, my tamariki enjoy tumble time at the local sports arenas and we spend time on our family farm in Whakamarama where tamaiki extend their manaakitanga and aroha to the animals. I love that our classroom settings could be in the Ngāhere one day and at the Moana the next. There are learning and teachable opportunities all around us and our environment plays an incredible role in that. No two days are the same with us, supporting and extending the interests of our tamariki, ensuring they feel safe, comfortable, nurtured and valued is always at the forefront. If any of what I have to offer as a kaiako and we can offer as a rõopu aligns with what you aspire for your tamariki and whānau please feel free to get in contact. Ngā mihi.