Te Rā Mokopuna – Safe Sleep Day Celebrated with Wahakura Wānanga

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The Trust hosted its first wahakura wānanga since the pandemic with kaimahi working with hapū whānau. The two-day, hands on workshop was held in Burnside with many kaimahi rolling up their sleeves to learn this kaupapa.

The timing of the event coincided with Te Rā Mokopuna – Safe Sleep Day to raise awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), with the vision of reducing the rate in which it occurs in Aotearoa whānau and communities.

SUDI is preventable and the risk factors for our pēpi can be significantly reduced, should the right steps be implemented. Providing culturally appropriate safe sleep spaces is one way to mitigate the risks.

The Trust is looking forward to opening its wānanga to the public in Hui Tanguru / February next year. Our group of kairaranga /weavers will work under the guidance of Taua Daphne O’Connell (Kai Tahu) to support whānau to complete their wahakura for pēpi during the two days. No prior weaving experience is required.