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PFL Partner Series: He Whānau Manaaki
Updates / Community , 17 Nov 23
He Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association operates kindergarten centres across various regions, including Whanganui, Central Plateau, Horowhenua, Kapiti, Porirua, Greater Wellington, Upper Hutt, and Wairarapa. Their goal is to create an enjoyable and secure learning environment filled with connections and aroha (love). They also provide a home-based service, Etu Ao, in Porirua and Levin.

Within their centres and work culture, He Whānau Manaaki strives to establish a safe and enjoyable learning environment for tamariki (children), emphasising connection and aroha. However, their commitment goes beyond this, as they willingly go the extra mile for tamariki and their families. Recognising that families with young children may face diverse needs, including financial assistance, clothing support, and help with food and petrol bills—essential necessities. 

Danny Mareko, the engagement manager for He Whānau Manaaki, emphasises their broader commitment. 

“Sometimes family issues go wider than we realise”  

“We’re helping families across the board with many different things that may be holding them back. At Whānau Manaaki we care about the well-being of the children and that starts with providing aid to the families that are facing barriers.” 

As a partner of Pasifika Futures Ltd (PFL), He Whānau Manaaki's relationship holds great significance. Alice Mose-Tuialii, Pacific Whānau Ora Navigator Lead, expresses gratitude for the support that helps eliminate barriers families face in accessing stable education for their young children. Mose-Tuialii finds great reward in seeing families achieve their goals. 

“For me, the best part of my role with He Whānau Manaaki is seeing families set out goals for themselves and their babies and then work hard to achieve them.”  

“These goals go deeper than just standard individual aims, they can be life-changing and impactful for the long-term so for me, that is the biggest reward in my workspace.”  

Danny Mareko derives satisfaction from witnessing smiles on the faces of children and families. 

“It really is seeing that little smile on the children or family’s faces, it seems to be the smallest things that count. It could be something like we just brought around some bread and from there we aim to build those rooted connections.” 

For Mareko, Mose-Tuialii, and their team, mahi holds a significant duty and purpose. They go beyond being mere education providers, acting as caregivers and connectors in their community, enhancing the lives of tamariki and whānau.