1: In September 2013, seven parents from the Manurewa Parenting Hub participated in a Photovoice project which aimed to capture their contributions towards creating change for themselves, their whanau and families, and their community. This book is a record of that project. | Point Research is a social business which uses research and evaluation to support and accelerate change. They work alongside not-for-profit organisations, social business, philanthropy, area Health Boards, local and central government as well as commercial companies to create meaningful change which aims to enhance the wellbeing of people, places and communities. | The Manurewa Parenting Hub provides services that support parents as leaders of their family. The Hub operates across six schools in Manurewa, South Auckland, and offers services such as parenting support, learning support, practical sessions (e.g. cooking), budgeting, and fitness. The Hub also runs a highly successful teacher aide programme, and employs parents in paid teacher aide positions in local schools. | the project | point research | the manurewa parenting hub
2: dedication | We would like to dedicate this book to: Those who believe in the Hub and support what we do, The parents who have been brave enough to come through our doors, Our Hubstars who have embraced change and All the parents we have yet to make a coffee for.
3: my name is maile I have three children. I am kind hearted, friendly and loving but also a little shy. I am an awesome Mum
4: Every day I walk home from work at 7am to see my daughter. Then we walk to school and we talk and we share. This is our time for connection. Every morning I have to cross the busy road so I can get home and see my baby. Every time, I think if I can cross this road I can make it through another day. | w a l k i n g
5: t h e c o r n e r | This is the corner where I would sit and wait for my girl. I met Linita mostly on the street she would walk past me every day to pick up her kids and see me sitting there on the corner waiting for my girl. One day we swap numbers and that is the start of a beautiful relationship. She asked if I want to go for a parent coffee group. I ask her how much? Where about is it? I wasn't sure if I want to go cause I am shy and I don't know anybody, but also is my self confidence, I don't want people to see me I am too big I am a Tongan. All the thought I had it wasn't good at all but I agree to go. From the day I put a foot into the hub I only have to say my life has changed and I've never looked back. I met this awesome lady named Vicky at the hub, we become very best of friends, she always makes sure that me and my girl are o.k. I will be forever grateful for this beautiful lady. I don't sit on the corner anymore.
6: c h i l d r e n | Sometimes with my daughter I feel like I am the kid and she is the Mum. Seeing my baby smile makes the whole world right. | My children are my world. My boys are awesome kids. I don't see them as often as I want. I miss them every day. | Whatever troubles I have I can always talk with my boys and it always makes me feel better. My boys are very mature.
7: Seeing my daughter in this outfit makes me proud. When I describe my baby I feel like I am describing myself. She is very kind and very sweet. She is a mad reader. She enjoys being part of the Tongan group. She loves the dressing up and the costume. I think she's just beautiful. | p r i d e
8: My goal as a Hubstar is to be fit. I would like to be able to lose more weight. I have already lost over 45kg but I am still willing to do more fitness and walk as much as I can to stay fit, help me with my weight and also my self esteem to stay confident with myself. | g o a l s
9: my name is gina | Four years ago my partner, my daughter and I emigrated from the UK. We have built a life here from scratch and our family has grown.
10: We go to great lengths to make sure our children have the best start. It took me four and a half hours every day to get my daughter to school and back. Sometimes, we just have to do what’s best for our kids. | l o n g s c h o o l r u n s
11: In New Zealand, sailing became a stepping stone to finding new friends. We left behind more than just family when we left the UK. We also left our sailing family. | b e l o n g i n g
12: We all need help sometimes to get through Coming to the Hub has helped me see that I was on the right track. | c o n f i r m a t i o n
13: I find it hard to make friends. Having children pushes you to interact with people. Through my children, I have found some lasting friendships. | c h i l d r e n
14: inspiration Being at the hub inspires me to try new things I have learned to knit and crochet, and not be scared of cooking I was so proud to show everyone what I’d made.
15: my name is maree | Me Wife of 1 Mother of 2 = Parent of 3
16: I first met Linda at a coffee morning. The Hub had just started and I offered any help I could. I loved the idea of parents connecting, learning and sharing. I became a staff member. Part of the team. It was the start of a new season. | s e a s o n s | c o n n e c t
17: I love to create. I love to encourage. I love to see people grow and move into their best. I love to help. I love to learn. I love new ideas. I love to do my best. | I gave colour. I gave a listening ear. I gave rides. I gave ideas. I gave time. I gave of my heart. | s u m m e r | i n v o l v e d | g i v i n g
18: a u t u m n | There are times in life where you can't do it all... ...when you have to walk away or there will be nothing left. | s l o w d o w n
19: Sometimes you have to concentrate on the most important things: yourself and your family. I needed to hibernate for a while; be at home more and save my energy. But there are sunny days in every winter. | w i n t e r | h i b e r n a t e
20: Spring. A new season in my life where new things are growing. The sun shines a bit brighter and summer is on the horizon. | s p r i n g | g r o w i n g
21: my name is lila | Life is busy with three kids, a teenage sister and my amazing friends surrounding me. Loving Zumba, creating ideas and living life to the fullest
22: f a m i l y | My grandparents are very very special to me. I’ve grown up with them. I was born and raised in their house. My grandfather is 88 this year, he only retired as a taxi driver last year.
23: We never know the love of a parent until we become one ourselves | p a r e n t i n g
24: Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but friendship is a single dwelling in two bodies. | f r i e n d s
25: f r i e n d s h i p | In nature, you get some flowers where the genetics of the flower, are like one stem but with two flowers. It’s joined together.
26: I would like to have my own business one day. I want to be my own boss. I would like my vision to come to life, not to be part of someone else's | a m b i t i o n
27: my name is chris | I have a lot of different hats: 'Dad' the house dad 'Mr Hardy' the teacher aide 'Chris' the partner 'Chris Hardy' the Chairman
28: Life is about believing in yourself and going outside your comfort zone. | b e l i e f
29: As a father, I'm constantly calming the chaos. As a Hubstar, I've learnt that it is ok for some chaos, as long as my family is fed, dressed and at school (before the bell if possible) | c h a o s
30: When you are thrown into chaos, something simple like how to cook a good dinner on a budget can be the hardest thing to do. | s k i l l
31: We need more positive male role models in our classrooms. I would never have thought that I'd become one. | r o l e m o d e l s
32: my name is hinewai Mum Whaea Caroline
33: I am a teacher aide at Roscommon Primary. I make all the resources in our classroom. There's heaps of stuff that teacher aides do. This is my beautiful principal. | w o r t h
34: I have five boys This is my flash entertainment unit. This holds all our accomplishments over the years | a c c o m p l i s h m e n t
35: my name is shelley
36: You have to give, to get something back. The Hub taught me that you can still charge on with life even though you have things going on. It's alright to be scared. You can overcome your patterns. I've had a tough journey and life is not always happy, but I know that I can always come to the Hub. At the Hub, there is always someone to talk to. | h e l p
37: I was the black sheep in my family, I struggled at school. I have helped coach the Under 14s rugby team. Doing things like that means that in the world, I am respected | r e s p e c t
38: This is my Harley. The motor is my feet, and my legs. It is the first new thing I've bought myself since I started my new life. It is my only mode of transport. I look after it like it is my best friend. | h a r l e y
39: It's a big thing, having hope for the future | d r e a m s
40: i just want to live happy ever after and have a job and not be judged | d r e a m s
41: Thank you to all those who made this book possible