Traceyanne Herewini

2012 The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

Traceyanne Herewini is proudly of Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngaati Kahungunu, Rangitane, English, Irish,   Scottish and Scandinavian descent. Initially, she worked as a primary teacher in mainstream and Maaori education. Then, she worked in various roles and services, clinically and culturally within the mental health sector. Currently, she is a Facilitator of the Incredible Years (IY) Parenting Programme. Concurrently, she has been a part time Psychology student of Massey University for 17 years.

She wishes to thank the Whangaroa Maaori Pastorate Vestry and staff of Massey University who have supported her application to Vaughan Park.   As, she intends to use her time at Vaughan Park starting her Doctorate thesis and weaving her diverse heritage, skills, interests and commitment for personal strength and development. In order to continue working with whaanau (family) who experience complex issues, to provide hope in moving towards whaanau ora (family wellbeing).   As well as continuing to make a positive contribution locally, nationally and internationally.

This Doctorate   study   intends to be an exploration of the cultural responsiveness of the IY programme for Maaori, Aboriginal, Native American, Mexican and Inuit populations who participate in the IY programme. By utilising quantitative and qualitative data collected from these sets IY groups, to honour role of parenting has been acknowledged as one of the most challenging jobs one may face.

In particular, consider indigenous and or holistic health principles that can contribute to increasing family wellbeing.

Embedding cultural considerations within service delivery is important when working within evolving groups and societies. It is anticipated that this project will provide some useful positive parenting frameworks that work for, by, with and within their own indigenous communities. As well as offering a vehicle of a strengths approach, celebrating similarities and differences of individuals and collectives inclusively. As well as adding to the body of western IY research that exists.

Ruia te kakano o te tumanako   ki roto i te maara o te hinengaro.

Plant the seed of hope in the garden of the mind.