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Cultural awareness to aide better practice

Members of VOYCE Whakarongo Mai recently participated in Va’aifetu: Guardians and Guardianship of Stars - Principles, cultural frameworks and guidelines recently.

VOYCE Whakarongo Mai Kaiwhakamana Sunny Petley and Morgan Butler took part in the cultural framework workshop where they were introduced to a diverse range of cultures with the aim of using a multicultural lens across work practices.

“It was a beautiful experience, and really insightful because it shows the difference in cultures of Pasifika. Every culture is different and we were able to see that.

“The one thing we walked away with from the workshop is about being aware of other cultures and to best use cultural awareness in all of our mahi, and how that can have a positive impact when we meet with our tamariki and rangatahi,’’ Sunny said.

Both Sunny and Morgan were given Rarotonga to adopt during the workshop where they learnt guiding principles of the island nation.

Va’aifetu consists of eight ethnic specific approaches, and an umbrella of overarching principles that connect the spaces of diversity between Pacific cultures.

It has been designed with the paramount interest of the child as the central purpose, to be used within the New Zealand human rights legislative context.

For more information around Va’aifetu and VOYCE’s Kaiwhakamana team, please contact Kaiarahi Kaiwhakamana Lui Poe on lui.poe@voyce.org.nz.