About us

Mauri Tui Tuia is led by registered creative therapists, and offers arts therapy, dance movement therapy, music therapy services and professional development workshops throughout Aotearoa.

Founded by Jan McConnell and Katie Pureti in 2021, Mauri Tui Tuia now has a team of therapists from the creative therapy professions working in the community, including in schools, early childhood centres, and for community organisations.

We prioritise whakawhānaungatanga, and the value of reciprocity within this practice. The relationships we have with our local communities is at the centre of our mahi and we believe sustainable change comes from ground-up collaboration.
Tuakana-teina supports the sharing of knowledge and leadership between therapists and the participants. It holds the kaupapa of acknowledging the existing knowledge and experience of kaimahi and whānau, the importance of contributing and skill-sharing as a team, and a practice to build safety to be vulnerable to try new things.
Te Whare Tapa Whā is the lens by which we introduce both the wellbeing of tamariki and the application of self-care practice for kaimahi and whānau. This supports their understanding of co-regulation for calm connection with their tamariki, enabling ways to regulate their own nervous systems throughout their working day.

Our kaupapa



We believe spiritual connection and wellbeing matters, and we practice from our own places of being grounded in faith and wairua.



We aim to practice in sustainability in our own lives. We see that sustainability requires mindful noticing, and that small movements and changes matter.



We aim to make this sharing of knowledge accessible and equitable, and to work as partners to the Treaty of Waitangi.



We seek simplicity of practice, while understanding the depth and complexity of everything we sing, move, say and do.

Our Directors

Our Team