A culturally-adapted parenting programme for Maori families has increased parents' confidence, reduced conflict between partners and improved children's behaviour.
The programme, Te Whanau Pou Toru, was adapted from the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program - which has been rated as the number one parenting programme in the world by the United Nations.
Parents learned a variety of positive parenting techniques during discussion groups, which encouraged families to share ideas about parenting and learn from other whanau about how they interact with their kids.
Six months after the programme finished, parents reported significantly fewer child behaviour problems and less conflict with their partner about child rearing.
They also reported more confidence and a greater use of positive parenting practices.
"Recommendations are currently being considered about how this exciting and valuable project can be integrated into Ngati Hine Health Trust's Whanau Ora culture of maximising positive outcomes for whanau,'' says the trust's board chair, Gwen Tepania-Palmer.
Members of the trust are now asking the government to consider making the programme widely available because of the fit it has with Maori traditions of putting the needs of whanau, extended whanau and iwi before the individual.
The programme identified Ngati Hine values, such as autonomy and self-management, being healthy, nurturing and engaged with the environment, and aligned them with parenting principles.