Purpose: Mana-ā-riki is a unique programme that addresses children’s health, their home environment and education in low decile communities.
providing proactive health services in schools
having a direct connection with family to address key issues in new and innovative ways
providing digital learning to accelerate student achievement in low decile schools
In New Zealand 270,000 children suffer from preventable, life-threatening diseases usually only seen in third world countries. They live in cold, damp, overcrowded unsafe houses and they are failing to achieve at school.
The goal of this programme is to give children the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential. Middlemore Foundation raises the funds to support health services provided by Counties Manukau Health and for the child health innovation projects within the pilot.
Kootuitui ki Papakura is the pilot programme in South Auckland led by the community through the schools. The children and their families in Papakura were given the opportunity to participate.
The programme began in 2015 with 1700 children at 6 low decile schools, and is a holistic approach with the child at the centre, integrating three strands of health, education and healthy homes.