He Kete Whanaungatanga

Working towards Cultural Responsiveness

Ensuring that the NZSTA is a culturally safe organisation that upholds the Treaty of Waitangi is bigger than one person, it will require generations of people. Working on this premise, He Kete Whanaungatanga was established in March 2015, to support the Māori and Cultural Development portfolio and work towards ongoing cultural responsiveness within the NZSTA.

He Kete Whanaungatanga is founded on biculturalism and operationalising the Treaty of Waitangi. Therefore, the group includes Māori and tauiwi [non-Māori] speech-language therapists (SLTs) working together. We acknowledge that kaumātua should be an integral part of this group and are networking to find the right person or people to support us.

Group members (September 2018) are:

Adele Siave, Chrissy Douglas, Ellen Faithfull, Fiona Dominick, Gwen Kerrison, Karen Brewer, Kate Cook, Katrina Aitken, Marie Jardine, Nicky-Marie Hitaua, Renee Taylor, Ruth Pologa and Waimirirangi Andrews

Introducing Kaupapa Māori therapy package
– Karen Brewer webinar – view video
If you wish to become qualified to use Talking Mats click here.


Cultural Competence, as understood in health care, is the ability for Health Professionals to recognise and understand how factors such as individual values, beliefs, and behaviours impact our interactions with others. Cultural Competence encourages Health Professionals to explore and understand their own worldview so that they may develop positive attitudes towards cultural differences and practices.

This online course in Cultural Competency has been designed to provide foundation skills in developing cultural competency, specific to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

This second online course has been designed for speech-language therapists working with Māori stroke survivors and their whānau.

Kaumatua - Rukingi Haupapa

Rukingi HaupapaNgongotaha ki runga, Pukeroaoruawhata ki raro.
Ko te Utuhina te awa e rere nei ki Te Rotoruanui-o-Kahumatamomoe
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngāti Whakaue te iwi
Ko Tamatekapua te tupuna
Ko Rukingi ahau

Rukingi Haupapa is kaumatua of the NZSTA. His role is to assist the speech-language therapy profession in providing a culturally safe and equitable service. Suffering a stroke in 2005 led Rukingi back to tertiary education to identify his new future.

In 2007 he completed his Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), and then accomplished his Master of Indigenous Studies in 2014. Rukingi is now in the final year of his doctorate research which is focused on stroke in Te Puku o Te Ika (Māori social groups in the centre of the North Island).

When he isn’t working, Rukingi spends most of his time around his whānau (wife Cathy, four daughters and seven mokopuna – with the eighth on the way) and at his marae where he lives in Ohinemutu village, Rotorua.

If you are interested Rukingi can be contacted at kaumatua@speechtherapy.org.nz

NZ Herald News article dated 21.8.20 – Bay of Plenty stroke hui to connect whānau with help

Te Ao Maori News article dated 31.8.20 – Stroke survivor hosts hui in Bay of Plenty to support whānau

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