Family & Whānau Support 

We recognise the ongoing stress that families are under and we will continue to run support sessions for our students and families. We are offering individual support this year to help you support your children’s learning and emotional well-being.


Mana Ake

The Mana Ake team works alongside schools and whānau when they have noticed a concern about a child’s wellbeing or mental health.

Parent Appointments – Natasha from Mana Ake is onsite at our school fortnightly on a Monday from March 1st for parents/whanau to make appointments. She is available should you need parenting support, the opportunity to talk through any issues or to connect whānau to community resources that enhance wellbeing.

The appointments are 20 mins each. See below for dates and times.

You can make an appointment by emailing Michele: micheles@stmartins.school.nz

Monday 1st March – 1:40pm / 2:00pm / 2:20pm / 2:40pm

Monday 15th March – 1:40pm / 2:00pm / 2:20pm / 2:40pm

Monday 29th March – 1:40pm / 2:00pm / 2:20pm / 2:40pm

Monday 12th April – 1:40pm / 2:00pm / 2:20pm / 2:40pm

Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow provides mental health and wellbeing support for children in primary school years 1-8 across Canterbury.

Mana Ake kaimahi (workers) are employed by one of 13 NGO providers and support schools, families and whānau when children are experiencing issues that impact their wellbeing such as managing emotions, friendships and bullying, parental separation and grief and loss.

Kaimahi have a diverse range of skills and include psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers and youth workers.

You can talk to your child’s teacher if you think your child would benefit from support from the Mana Ake team.