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, Mauri Tui Tuia Executive Director, 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, 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, Mauri Tui Tuia Executive Director, 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. Katie has been a Regional Centre Manager for Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust, providing therapy for children and adults with trauma, disabilities, and mental health needs, served as a Council Member for Music Therapy New Zealand, and presents at conferences, schools, and organisations across New Zealand.
(Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa) FCA, BMS, MInstD, NZIPIM
Craig, Mauri Tui Tuia Director, is an independent director for a number of Iwi, commercial and not for profit organisations 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, Mauri Tui Tuia Director, 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.
Registered Creative Arts Therapist
PGDip (Teaching), BFA, MAAT, ANZACATA
Chyna Wilkinson-Gale is a Registered Creative Arts Therapist, Visual Artist and Specialist Teacher working for Mauri Tui Tuia in Te Tai Tokerau, New Zealand. She has had over 10 years’ experience working with tamariki and young adults with a range of neurodiversity, educational, developmental and emotional needs including a variety of complex disabilities.Chyna is passionate about continually enhancing the full participation of disabled people in the creative arts.
Registered Creative Arts Therapist
(Ngāti Pou) BOT, MOT, MACAT, ANZACATA
Marcia Underwood is a Registered Creative Arts Therapist working for Mauri Tui Tuia in Te Tai Tokerau, New Zealand. She identifies as Tangata Tiriti and Tangata Whenua (Ngāti Pou) and has lived with her family in coastal Te Tai Tokerau for over 20 years. She enjoys collaborating to provide Creative Arts Therapy within the early childcare and secondary education settings, and has also enjoyed working with adult populations who have experienced trauma. Marcia’s professional background includes many years as an occupational therapist in paediatric and adult healthcare services. She is particularly interested to explore the intersections between the creative arts, playfulness, sensory processing and cultural identity as a means to support community well-being.
Registered Dance Movement Therapist
(MDMT, DTAA (Prov. DMT), ANZACATA)
Annie Cole is a Registered Dance Movement Therapist and Arts Therapist based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, New Zealand. With a passion for working with children in various contexts, she facilitates support through movement, breath, creative expression, and play. Using a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, Annie has offered Dance Movement Therapy and Arts Therapy in a range of settings, specialising in neurodiversity, anxiety, and trauma.
Registered Music Therapist
MMusThrp, BMus (Performance) GDTL
Rachel Foxell is an experienced Registered Music Therapist (NZ RMTh) and Lead Facilitator with Mauri Tui Tuia, based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Working from a strengths-based perspective, Rachel is passionate about supporting people of all ages and abilities to engage in rich and meaningful musical experiences that offer opportunities for connection and transformation. Rachel is currently involved in supervising Masters students completing training in Music Therapy, and also works in an Auckland special school for tamariki and rangatahi with diverse and complex learning needs.