In every Whakatipu booklet there is a Kaitiaki Pēpi section which explores aspects of tikanga Māori and how child development at this stage can relate to that tikanga. You can see the topics covered in the list of supporting information. These topics relate to a Māori world view but they may also be relevant to other cultural practices and ethnicities who share similar tikanga. They might also be applicable across a wider range of ages. 

Tōku reo, tōku ohooho – My language, my awakening.

Te Pihinga 1 covers the amazing period of development from birth to 6 months of age. From the seemingly totally dependent helpless new born to the alert 6 month old, sitting up and taking notice. As the weeks and months go by, our pēpi experiences more and more of the environment around them. They become aware of the important people in their world.  As we read through Te Pihinga 1 we see how pēpi watches and listens to these key people and forms their very first and most important relationships with. Through these relationships their young brain will develop, their learning will be stimulated and all their senses will be awakened.

Āhuru Mōwai [PDF, 460 KB] – Early Childhood Development, August 1999     

Whānau Whakapakari (external link) – A Māori centred approach to child rearing

E Tū Whānau (external link)

Te Ara (external link)

Mana Ririki (external link)

Traditional Māori Parenting (external link) – An Historical Review of Literature

Tātai Kōrero (external link) – Māori parents and grandparents share what whakapapa means to them

Metge, Joan (1995) New Growth from old: The whānau in the modern world: Wellington Victoria University Press

 Hemara, Wharehuia (2000) Māori Pedagogies a view from the literature:NZCER

 Pere, R (1997), Te Wheke: A celebration of infinite wisdom.  Gisborne: Ako Ako Global Learning.

 Māui and his first journey App – SKIP/Whakatipu -  Listen to the on-line version (external link)   or download the App (external link)