The first 2000 days of life helps shape your future

The first 2000 days of a child’s life are instrumental in their health and wellbeing - what they experience sets the trajectory for their development.

Issues like family harm and neglect are, of course, detrimental to a child’s development and the South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board (SASWB) aims to help tamariki and whaanau create generational change for good.

The SASWB brings together organisations such as Te Whatu Ora, NZ Police, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Social Development and nine other government agencies to work collaboratively, with Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau being the proud host agency.

Some of the SASWB prototypes include:

  • Start Well - which engages with young hapuu maamaa, peepee and whaanau
  • School Alerts and School Wellbeing Response - which works with schools to identify vulnerable tamariki
  • Ka Whiti Te Rā - a partnership with Papakura Marae; and
  • Fa’avae Ofanaki (the Pacific Coalition) - which brings Pasifika NGOs together to collectively support Pacific families.

Ishani Gupta, Portfolio Manager for SAWB, says their vision is that all children in South Auckland are healthy, learning, nurtured, connected to their communities and culture, to build a positive foundation for the future.

“We know those first 2000 days are vital and our vision is to make a difference in those important years, address gaps in the system and get better outcomes for the whole whaanau.

“For example, with the increase of fleeing drivers and ram raids recently, the agencies in SASWB have been working together with the tamariki and whaanau involved to get better outcomes for them and our community as part of the Kotahi Te Whakaaro prototype.”

Ann Wilkie, Programme Director for SAWB, says there is some great collaboration between government agencies, providers and the community.

“It is all linked to our test and learn approach to identify what matters most to whaanau.

“Insights identified from various settings, including family harm, are lifted up with the intention of influencing system change to support better outcomes.”

We are proud to be a part of this work and by working together and engaging with our patients, their whaanau and our community is one way Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau and SASWB aim to bring change to people’s health and wellbeing. 

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Ka pai too mahi.


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