Mana Ake

For the last three Terms we have been fortunate to have a Board of Trustees funded Head of Hauora.  At the beginning of Term 2, a new initiative for our Kahui Ako (Cluster of Schools) is included in the Mana Ake programme. This initiative is a collaboration between The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. This term we will be transitioning from our Hauora programme run by Sonya Cardus to the Mana Ake Programme. Sonya will be working with identified students to transition them across to the Mana Ake service.

What is Mana Ake?
Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow - provides wellbeing and mental health support for our students and their whanau. Mana Ake kaimahi (workers) work alongside our school with you and your children to promote wellbeing and provide support when a wellbeing or mental health concern is identified.

Mana Ake aims to intervene early to ensure the right support gets to the right child at the right time.

Our Kaimahi:
Within our Community of Learning (Ngā Matapuna o Ngā Pakihi Kahui Ako) we have three Kaimahi. They will work across our schools to deliver programmes and support that meet our needs. We have a designated liaison kaimahi who will work closely with our SENCo. All requests for support can go through your child’s teachers. These requests will then be forwarded to the SENCo and our liaison kamahi.

  • Jemma Vivian - intern psychologist (liaison kaimahi)
  • Amelia Lienard - social worker
  • Bridget Copeland - social worker

Mana Ake Kaimahi can:
  • Work with children and their whānau at home and/or at school
  • Deliver programmes that support resilience, self esteem, emotional regulation, and coping with change.
  • Support teachers to implement programmes that promote wellbeing
  • Connect schools and whānau to community resources that enhance wellbeing

If you would like to make a referal to Mana Ake please email the SENCO Lara Taylor -