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.
At Mapu Maia we provide services that are culturally appropriate for Pacific peoples and deliver programs in English, Samoan and Tongan. We currently provide services for the individual (one-to-one), couples, family groups, peer support and clinical groups.
Our Mapu Maia approach delivers effective services through the Va Tagata model of engagement, which means we approach counselling in a Pasifika context through talatalanoa (deep conversation). This involves and encompasses a person’s whole self – including the physical, mental, spiritual and aiga (family).
Our public health service provides free education and presentations to the community and to church groups. You’ll find our staff at various community events in the Auckland and Wellington regions, supporting a variety of issues (i.e. Mental Health Week). We believe that raising awareness about gambling harm is important in addressing problem gambling within our Pacific community, and our team is committed to reducing gambling harm to Pacific families.