About Us

Pēpi Penapena (Cherish Babies) is a campaign to promote the gentle and respectful parenting ways of tūpuna Māori before the Europeans imposed their parenting ways on us. Our tūpuna had wonderful whānau values and protected their tamariki above all else. As a people, we need to remember this knowledge again.

Come on this journey with us. Get in touch if you want us to work together. Follow us if you want to learn more. Join our waka.

Māmā and Pēpi mum and baby

Our Vision

Every tamaiti, every child, is happy, loved and strong

Our People

Pēpi Penapena is a whanau organisation. Started by a mother/daughter team and now continued by some cousins, we want to build happy and positive whānau through-out the country. With varied backgrounds, a whakapapa of success and a passion for this kaupapa, we can help you incorporate these parenting ways into your work and can help whānau learn these ways for their own pēpi and tamariki. Get in touch if you want to have a kōrero with us.

Elizabeth Emere Harte MEngSc

Chief Executive Officer - Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou

Inspired by my mother's and grandmother's work, I'm applying my years of product management, strategy and planning to this kaupapa. As a mother of three pēpi who I treasure and adore, I want to help other parents love their whānau and raise happy tamariki.

Dr Hirini Kaa

Dr Hirini Kaa

Chairman - Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata

As Kaiārahi for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland, Hirini leads innovative projects to embed Māori and Pacific values in teaching and the faculty. Dr Kaa has worked in the social services sector, for the Anglican Church, and for his iwi.

He Whakamoemiti / A Tribute

Helen Mountain Harte M.A. (1943 - 2019)

In Memory

Helen dedicated the last 20 years of her life researching traditional Māori birthing and parenting practices. She co-founded Pēpi Penapena to continue to educate and inspire about the wonderful tikanga our tūpuna practised. Moe mai ra, tōku māmā. Moe mai ra.

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