Mapu Maia - Our Approach
Our guiding principle: “Equipping our people with tools to fish.”
This quote is the guiding principle that underpins the design and delivery of the Mapu Maia service. By this we aim to give Pacific people the means to develop their own sustainable solutions to address the issues that life throws at them.
Our Mapu Maia approach emphasizes the concept of Vā – the space between.
We recognise that to be an effective service, appropriate engagement is crucial. Through the Va Tagata model of engagement, we approach counselling in a Pasifika context through talatalanoa (deep conversation). This encompasses a person’s whole self – physical, mental, spiritual and aiga (family).
Talatalanoa – Counselling
At Mapu Maia, we aim to provide services that are accessible to Pacific peoples. We deliver Talatalanoa in English, Samoan, Tokelauan and Tongan. We can also provide services in the homes for the individual, couples, family groups, peer support and clinical groups. Our services are free and confidential.
Our public health service provides free education and presentations to community organisations, social services, government departments, Corrections and so on. You’ll also find our staff at various community events in the Auckland and Wellington regions, supporting a variety of health and social issues i.e. Mental Health Week
Raising awareness about addictions, mental health and gambling harm is important within our Pacific community, and our team is committed to achieving healthy families and building resilience in communities.