Week of Connection

Speech-language Therapy Awareness Week for 2022

Aroha mai, aroha atu

18 – 25 September 2022


Aroha mai, aroha atu = Aroha received, aroha given.

After a couple of years of uncertainty and difficulties navigating a global pandemic, this year’s theme could provide a much-needed pick-me-up!  Let’s show some aroha for our profession and everyone within it!  Aroha means more than ‘love’.

Many Māori kīwaha (phrases) like this one are small but broad and deep.  It is based on life experiences and is value loaded. It is not an academic exercise and is hard to learn. It is simply who you are and how you do.

Aroha is expressed in many of the arts like waiata and is shown in so many ways. It is when you add your own view of love based on a memory with someone or something that triggers your emotions, and that is aroha. – good, bad or sad.

Dr Rangimarie Pere in her book Te Wheke says, ‘Aroha is an important concept in regard to the survival and true strength of whanaungatanga (kinship ties, extended family across all universes) … Aroha is not to be talked about, it is only meaningful when actioned … Caring for people and sharing is also quite commonplace for Māori people who have retained the traditions of old.’

What does aroha mean to you and how can you reciprocate aroha to others?

Te wero to members: pay it forward with aroha

Get ya cameras ready and send in short three-minute videos and stories of someone who has left a lasting impression on you in a positive way.

Tell us about who has inspired you and why. It could be someone who inspired you to become an SLT (this doesn’t have to be another SLT), someone who is doing awesome mahi, a workplace or team that you love, someone who helped you through a hard time as a student or at work, or someone who has just acknowledged and supported you in a meaningful way. Perhaps you had a supportive supervisor or manager, a memorable student, an inspiring lecturer, or a client/patient who changed you as a clinician.

Bonus aroha for anyone who does a waiata flash mob singing ‘Te aroha’ to their unsuspecting special person, team, or workplace!!

Videos to be no longer than three minutes that we will share on our social media platforms.
Please upload videos here by 18th September

The video with the most engagement will win a $500 prize.


Poster – this will also be posted out with every hard copy of the Communication Matters.

Te Aroha – waiata and lyrics

Te Aroha dance – Māori inspired dance of universal peace.

-youtube example of a waiata flash mob?

White Ribbon Day flash mob waiata


Communication Accessibility Awards 2022

We aspire to a society in Aotearoa New Zealand, where everyone understands what communication accessibility is.  Talking about it, celebrating it, and letting people know when they are getting it right will bring our vision to life!

Communication is the most fundamental of human capacities and a basic human right.  People need to be able to communicate to fulfil their social, educational, emotional, and vocational potential.

Communication access is about creating communication ramps to ensure people can participate fully in their whānau, communities, workplaces, and schools and be fully involved in decisions affecting all aspects of their lives.

The NZSTA, in collaboration with the Minister of Disability Issues, announce that nominations are open for the 2022 Communication Accessibility Awards.

Nominations close on 31 October 2022.