Summary of guidance
|Guidance||Key factors to take into account||Related guidance|
This guidance has been updated for Alert Level 2.
While we can return to visiting tamariki and whānau during Alert Level 2 (following the health and hygiene must-do’s), whānau will be managing their own transition in different ways. Many will be returning easily to increase socialising and contact with others while some may be fearful or have more vulnerable factors causing them to move more slowly or require support to manage this change. Given the history of Māori with pandemics and the increased health and socio-economic disparities it is important to practice in mana-enhancing ways as we all progress towards a new type of normality.
|Mana tamaiti objectives in practice — Practice for working effectively with Māori|
The following information should be considered in addition to our existing guidance:
The impact of the COVID-19 restrictions to date will have had a wide range of impacts for whānau Māori that may affect how willing they are to attend and participate in face-to-face hui. Added to this the kaupapa or purpose for calling hui ā-whānau may cause additional stress and emotions for them at an already challenging time, so it is important that we practise in mana-enhancing ways.
Whānau participation — Continue to engage and involve as many whānau as possible in ways that fully consider the impacts of COVID-19 on them individually and collectively. Where attendance numbers are limited at the hui ā-whānau you may need to hui with maternal and paternal whānau members seperately to gather their collective thoughts then identify 2 (or limited numbers) of whānau representatives from each to attend in person and allow others to connect via other media. If the kaupapa/purpose for the hui ā-whānau is going to be distressing for whānau members attending, ensure they have someone (who doesn’t have to adhere to physical distancing rules from their bubble) to attend who can console, moderate and offer active support through difficult discussions.
Increased focus on preparation to support active tamariki and whānau participation — Ensuring that whānau have as much information as possible is critical so they understand the processes and can participate actively with us on issues affecting them.
Planning — It is important that we plan our hui-a-whānau thoroughly given COVID-19 conditions and ensure whānau-led processes for participating through this period are explored, understood, respected and facilitated as much as possible. Be especially clear about the purpose and process of hui a-whanau prior and coach them through it. Providing them with a clear format beforehand (written/email) as working within the constraints of COVID-19 requires them to understand the different ways they can participate. This supports to streamline the hui-a-whānau when it occurs as time needs to be managed effectively when you have people participating in a range of different ways, through technology, in person etc.
Manaakitanga – think about how we maintain active expressions of hospitality and generosity to those we are engaging through actions, behaviours and things such as kai when hosting hui-a-whānau, i.e. have individual sealed kai packs/water for each participant to either eat at the hui or take home afterwards.
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