Ngā Wānanga o Hine Kōpū is a free kaupapa Māori labour, birth and parenting programme designed for wahine hapū and their whānau.
Nga Wānanga o Hine Kōpū provides an opportunity to deliver antenatal knowledge in a Māori centric framework. The approach draws on matauranga Māori as the validation and infrastructure of the practice creating an empowering and incredible journey for whānau.
Wānanga focuses on six key components in the creation story for Māori and its relationship to the growth and development of the baby. This journey spans conception to birth and on to childhood.
The ability to share knowledge, experience and learning in a wānanga context, enables whānau to make better-informed choices and reaffirm belonging
Artwork banners to illustrate the Māori creation story were designed and are used to transition throughout the Hine Koopu wānanga.
As defined by Māori each of these components represents a significant event that occurred and impacted on the evolution of the universe. Māori worldview is relational and whakapapa is the process for analysing, storing and debating bodies of knowledge. From this people are able to make better-informed choices and reaffirm where they belong.
Nga Wānanga o Hine Kōpū is delivered by the Māori Health Providers within Te Tai Tokerau region.