Welcome to Whānau Mārama Parenting

Whānau Mārama Parenting is a well-established, community-based organisation who is fully committed to, and passionate about reducing the statistics of child abuse and family violence on the North Shore, Auckland. Our focus in on heightening awareness and understanding of parental behaviour that leads the perpetuation of abuse in the family.

We do this well, through the delivery of proven high quality, practical, results-based, multicultural parenting courses presented to parents and their extended whānau, friends and support persons. Those attending our courses learn new ways to positively connect with their children and other family members by using non-punitive skills and strategies, thus creating strong, respectful relationships that will be perpetuated through the generations.

Our mission is to be a respected, dynamic organisation through developing and delivering high quality practical and effective courses for parents.

Parents attending the courses frequently share with us about the many positive changes taking place in their whānau as they put into practice what they learn.

Our goal is to not only impact the lives of the children whose parents attend the course, but the surrounding families and to see a generational change, that the children that benefited from our course would go on to become confident loving parents.

Our programme is dedicated to parenting in positive manner and is taught in English and Mandarin. It is written from within a bicultural framework that honours the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori culture and sits within the wider area of primary prevention of family harm.

We work consistently to empower parents of all cultures with practical skills and strategies on how to effectively discipline their children without resorting to punishment, how to establish mutually respectful loving parent-child relationships, and how to successfully help their children learn what they wish to teach them.

Our three core courses are specially designed for different age groups, from new-born through to teenage years. The courses are parent-goal focused and skill and strategy based. All the parents are encouraged to move towards achieving their goals by practicing these discipline strategies each week at home with their children.

The group courses in Mandarin via Zoom are delivered by using PowerPoint presentations, large group and small group discussions, brainstorms, active learning exercises, the provision of handout pages and having a weekly sharing time about previously learned strategies, specifically the Home Learning tasks from previous week,

All 3 courses in English are delivered on-on-one via Facebook Messenger video using the session pages as a base for discussion between facilitator and parent..


We honour the spirit of the Treaty and use it as a basis for our organisation.
Article 1. We have Māori on our Board.
Article 2. We believe that we can empower all our participants with their own Tino Rangatiratanga (Self Determination) over their destiny to parent in a positive way.
Article 3. We make our courses available to parents of all cultures as we are all equal and people of the land.

It empowers us to aim high.  We believe in honesty, openness and fairness.
We endeavor to demonstrate these values within our team, in our courses and in the wider community.  To do this we create fantastic resources, consider our course content to be a living, dynamic document, that is continually edited and updated, and strive continually to maintain high standards in course delivery and in all our professional relationships.

We endeavor to demonstrate what we believe, in all aspects of our daily lives. Our zeal for positive parenting permeates (spreads or flows throughout) every aspect of our work.

Te Taha Wairua (Spiritual Wellbeing)
We open and close the learning environment with our own tikanga, (Karakia, poem or saying) and we honour the spiritual diversity of all the parents who attend our courses.

Te Taha Tinana (Physical Wellbeing)
We provide a safe learning environment.

Te Taha Hinengaro (Emotional Wellbeing) –
We encourage participants to find a family member, a support person, or a counsellor to encourage them in their parenting while they are attending the course.

Te Taha Whanau (Family Wellbeing)
We believe that each Whānau member is a star with powerful potential to radiate and receive aroha.

Meet Our Whānau

Dan Walker

Chairperson/Board Director

Cameron Vos

Board Director

Tamati Ihaka

Board Director

Edith Yi

Board Director

Elizabeth Cameron

Manager and Programme Coordinator

Haiying Dong

Mandarin Programme Coordinator
and Social Worker

Na Wei

Course Facilitator

Nadin Ismail

Contracted Supervisor

Gabriel Taranto

Contracted Illustrator

Q: What does Whānau Mārama mean?

A: Whānau Mārama means the family of the skies or family of light or learning.


Q: How can I know if I am in the proper course?

A:  You are most welcome to ask. However, as a guide the Positive Discipline for under 4’s course is most suitable for parents with children from birth to 4 years, the Effective Discipline course is most suitable for parents with children aged from 4 years to 11 years and the Parenting Adolescents course is most suitable for parents with adolescents aged from 11 years to 15 years.


Q: Could I attend to just study though I don’t have any children yet or have adult children?

A: Yes, however you need to bear in mind that this is a course about parenting and the type of certificate you will receive is not designed to be an employment qualification.


Q: What if my English is not sufficiently fluent to attend the courses?

A: To attend all 3 courses delivered in English you will need to be fluent in both written and spoken English.


Q: How should I pay?

A: You can pay by internet banking into Whānau Mārama Parenting’s account 030285 0315750 00 and add your name as reference or you can pay by cash.


Q: Is there anything I should bring to the course?

A: An eagerness to learn and willingness to make positive change in your family/whānau.



Q: Where exactly is the course training room?

A: Currently we are delivering our courses online.



Q: Do I receive a certificate on completion of course?

A: Yes. A certificate of participation.


Q. Do you only have daytime courses?

A. Once a year we deliver a Mandarin course in evening. Every term we deliver our evening courses in English. However, as the are only 3 on-on-one time slots per term these are often booked 3 – 6 months ahead. We advise to book well in advance.

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