Mahi tahi me te whānau kia noho haumaru ai ngā tamariki

Tamariki in New Zealand are six times more likely to die from avoidable injuries at home than European children. They are twice as likely to be hospitalised for these types of injuries. Not only are inequities like these a bad thing in themselves, they're inconsistent with our responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. The commitments made in it require the health system to achieve equitable health outcomes for tamariki and in doing so, embrace Māori cultural concepts, values and practices.

Indigenous knowledge is an underutilised resource, all too often excluded from injury prevention. We believe traditional Māori intelligence (māramatanga) as well as mātauranga (wisdom) provide unique insights and the opportunity to create innovative solutions to overcome the persistent child injury inequities that exist for tamariki.

In 2019, Safekids Aotearoa set out to embrace mātauranga Māori and what follows are some of the fruits of that effort.

Mahi tahi me te whānau kia noho haumaru ai ngā tamariki
(Working together with families to prevent child injuries)

A kaupapa Māori approach was adopted to surface mātauranga Māori on parenting, safety and child and family well-being. Through ongoing collaboration, these insights were linked with existing child injury prevention best-practice. What's emerged are developing indigenous perspectives on keeping children safe from injuries. These perspectives were then incorporated into video resources, including a pūrākau (story), waiata (song) and children's panel.

Our process to date has had tino rangatiratanga firmly and humbly in mind. No single community, hapu or iwi claims to have all the answers for all New Zealanders or all Māori. And while Safekids Aotearoa can claim some expertise in child unintentional injury prevention we also know what we have started is just a beginning. So we offer what we have, in the humble hope it may go on and take flight. Sharing, promoting and championing this material will we hope, bring forward more local mātauranga and māramatanga across Aotearoa.

Read on to find the resources below.

Safekids Aotearoa Mātauranga Resources are produced in partnership with

Our new content:

Pūrākau Teaser (Want to share on Facebook? Click here)

Kia Tau e Rongo (Māori)

Kia Tau e Rongo (English) (Want to share on Facebook? Click here)

Kia tau e Rongo - Play through

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Kia tau - Play Through and Guitar Tutorial

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Kids Panel (Want to share on Facebook? Click here)


Tēna, tūtaki atu ki o tātou kaumātua me ngā kaimahi

Safekids & ACC kaimahi share why te reo Māori is important to them

Here’s what they had to say


Lilla (Materoa) Te Tai & Sonny Niha's insights on injury prevention

Meet Sonny Niha & Lilla Te Tai of the Kaunihera Kaumātua ki Auckland DHB and Member of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Taumata Advisory Group.

Listen to them speak about their experiences. Karakia, whakataukī and tikanga are ways of keeping the whānau and wairua safe.

Blackie Tohiariki on traditional knowledge

Meet Blackie Tohiariki, member of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Taumata Advisory group, and hear him discuss the importance of using traditional knowledge found in old prayers to ensure the well-being of tamariki. By connecting to their ancestors, tamariki are able to access ancient proverbs and knowledge to stay safe within the family and the home.


Hokipera Ruakere Papuni's safety insights

Meet Hokipera Ruakere-Papuni, Kidsafe falls prevention facilitator - Hapu Wananga ki Taranaki and Member of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Taumata Advisory Group. Listen to her speak about the application of Marae safety practices in the home, as well as other culturally derived child safety practices.

Whaea Lilla's pepeha

Lilla Te Tai shares her pepeha 

Whaea Lilla's pepeha connects us to te Tai Tokerau.

Hokipera Ruakere-Papanui's pepeha

Hokipera Ruakere-Papuni shares her Pepeha

Hokipera's pepeha connects us to Muru Raupatu marae and her iwi, Te Āti Awa.



Rauemi rangahau (more downloadable resources)

Our Mātauranga Māori Advisory Group

Introducing Our Mātauranga Māori Advisory Group 

Blackie Tohiariki's pepeha

Safekids’ Kaimahi Tamariki Haumaru Blackie Tohiariki’s pepeha 

Blackie's pepeha shows the connections that flow from te waka Takitimu.

Atua Māori guidance on child injury prevention

Atua Māori can provide guidance on child injury prevention 

Mātauranga Karakia

Karakia can provide guidance on child injury prevention.


Mātauranga foundation for whakataukī guidance

Mātauranga Māori whakatauki can provide guidance on child injury prevention 

Te Whiti's whakatauākī

Mātauranga Whakatauākī: Clay Will Never Stick To Iron 

Your Home is your marae

Your Home Is Your Marae 


Being close to Papatūānuku helps to protect your pēpi from falls

Being close to Papatūānuku helps to protect your pēpi from falls and injuries 

Karakia for injury prevention work

Blackie Tohiariki shares a karakia for injury prevention work.  


Whaea Lilla's waiata

Lilla Te Tai’s Waiata On The Foundation That Is Love


Māramatanga - Mātauranga Māori Rauemi tuku (Other mātauranga resources)

Parenting in the purakau/oral history stories

A Website Link To Some Of The Pūrakau and Korero Tukuiho of Traditional Child-rearing 

Ranginui. Image credit: Warren Pohatu http://warrenpohatu.blogspot.com/

Whakatipu mātauranga parenting resources

"Whakatipu is a kaupapa that encourages strong whānau connections which nurture and develop tamariki. Tikanga and pakiwaitara are interwoven with child development information, ideas and activities for whānau. Whakatipu is helping tamariki and parents learn together at every age and stage."

Whakatipu mātauranga parenting resources

Review of literature describing tīpuna childrearing Practices

A Māori Kaupapa Review of Literature Describing Tīpuna Childrearing Practices

Encouraging tuakana-teina relationships

Encouraging Tuakana-Teina Relationships

Māori TV report on Māori water safety

Māori Television report on Māori Water Safety by Tangaroa ara rau and Kia Maanu Kia Ora

Kaupapa Māori Approach to Water Safety

Hui reveals Māori want a kaupapa Māori approach to water safety prevention of drownings

Explorations of Māori perspectives of Water Safety

A journey to belonging: explorations of Māori perspectives of water safety. Chanel Phillips 2018