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)
Kia tau e Rongo - Play through
Kia tau - Play Through and Guitar Tutorial
Kids Panel

Tēna, tūtaki atu ki o tātou kaumātua me ngā kaimahi

Rauemi rangahau (more downloadable resources)

Māramatanga - Mātauranga Māori Rauemi tuku (Other mātauranga resources)