Learning culturally safe practice at Central Plateau REAP


Kim Eriksen-Downs, supported by her husband Brendon, has been training trainers in indigenous safe practice for 13 years. She’s been doing it nationally. But she noticed that when she came home to Tuwharetoa she found that there were a lot of social, health, welfare and education practitioners who wanted to learn culturally safe te ao Māori practice. So with others, she set up a forum – a space where people could come together and learn. The difficulty was that it required her attention to keep the forum going, and it started to falter.

Do Good, Feel Good: a movement for Pasifika wellbeing

It was started in South Auckland in 2015 by The Cause Collective (formerly known as the Alliance Community Initiatives Trust - ACIT) to connect young Pasifika people to health services. Since then Do Good Feel Good has developed into a movement for Pasifika wellbeing and it is in the process of expanding from a strictly youth focus, to one that involves older adults too.

Chillion Sanerivi is the Youth Mobiliser for Do Good Feel Good. He told us their story: