Mauri Tui Tuia is led by registered creative therapists, and offers professional development workshops throughout Aotearoa and online to educators, allied health professionals and those working in the trauma arena. These tools are applicable across diverse populations and age groups. We adapt the workshops to the specific needs of each team.
Informed by bicultural frameworks, these tool-based workshops cover:
+ sensory regulation and integration tools+ practical strategies to support co-regulation, self-regulation and attunement
+ underpinned by Te Whare Tapa Whā – holistic support for full staff development
+ integration of learning and social capacity through music and dance-movement.
+ body awareness and promoting self efficacy through movement and music using our bodies and voices as adults with more confidence
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.
i. We prioritise the importance of whakawhanaungatanga, 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.
ii. Tuakana-teina supports the sharing of knowledge and leadership between the facilitators and the participants. It holds the kaupapa of acknowledging the existing practice and experience of the kaiako, the importance of contributing and skill-sharing as a team, and a practice to build safety within the workshops to be vulnerable to try new things.
iii. Te Whare Tapa Whā is the lens by which we introduce both the wellbeing of the tamariki and the application of self-care practice for the kaiako. 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.
(MAAT, DTAA(prof), ANZACATA, PNZ)
Jan McConnell is a Dance Movement Therapist, Arts Therapist and Physiotherapist based in Tai Tokerau, New Zealand. She works in partnership with community, Iwi and Government agencies including Ministry of Education, providing dance movement and arts therapy in multi-disciplinary settings. Involved with the development of the Dance Movement Therapy profession within Australasia as current vice-president of the DTAA, she teaches, supervises and presents both nationally and internationally. Her clinical and research interests explore the collaboration between dance and arts therapy, health, education and bicultural practice to support empowered community wellbeing.
(NZRMTh, MMusTher (first class honours), BMus, ATCL)
Katie Pureti is a Registered Music Therapist based in Whangārei, Tai Tokerau. Katie spent five years as founder and director of Shoeless, a charity and advocacy organisation supporting rural schools in Cambodia. After teaching music in tertiary, secondary and primary education, she completed her Master of Music Therapy (first class honours) at Victoria University. She worked as the Northland Regional Centre Manager for Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust, providing therapy for children and adults with trauma, disabilities, and mental health needs. Katie presents at conferences, schools, and organisations across New Zealand, serves as Co-Chair for Parkinson’s New Zealand (Northland AG), and is a Council Member for Music Therapy New Zealand.
(Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa) FCA, BMS, MInstD, NZIPIM
Craig is independent director for a number of Iwi, commercial and not for profit organizations as well as working as a lead advisor on commercial development projects. A Fellow of Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Craig was a director of one of the largest charted accountant firms in Te Tai Tokerau for 17 years. A change of direction in 2018 allowed a focus on governance and Iwi-based projects. Deeply connected to his Far North whenua, Craig has been integral in many Northland community and Iwi based projects. His ability to bridge community-based action and governmental organizations have seen ‘on the ground’ sustainable change, benefitting Northland and its people. His whakapapa informs all that he does, and he is known in his communities for his integrity, broad vision and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
(BDS, GradDip (Business – Health Services Management))
Aakarsh Pureti is a trained dentist, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in his birth country, India. After volunteering his services as a dentist for an NGO in the Himalayas, and establishing a dental practice as a practice manager, he moved to New Zealand for postgraduate study in business management. He has worked within adult services for IHC in Auckland, and managed respite services for children at CCS Disability Action Whangārei. He is now an Advisor for Māori - Partnerships and Community within Oranga Tamariki's Northland branch. Aakarsh is focused on transformational leadership, growth and improvement of services for people in the community, and integrity and honesty in all his work.