What is Va'aifetu
Va’aifetu (guardians and guardianship of stars) is the Oranga Tamariki cultural-practice tool that informs practice design, review, and workforce support to best serve the needs of Pacific children and their families.
Va’aifetu promotes and emphasises practice that is conducted with:
- cultural humility
- emotional intelligence
- diversity of thought
- respect for difference.
Va’aifetu is a Samoan metaphorical term that is derived from the words 'va'ai' which means to take care of, look, see, observe, consider; and 'fetu' which means star or stars.
Va’aifetu is about the guardianship of people — their light, intelligence, wisdom, aspirations, strengths and potential. The stars are the children, families and practitioners.