Our TupuToa Whānau Day is an integral part of our onboarding process; a cultural point of difference, characteristic of the TupuToa way. This year we hosted four Whānau Days; three in Auckland and one in Wellington.
The objective of our Whānau Day is to engage Intern's and their whānau, fostering conversation about key aspects of the TupuToa Internship Programme whilst officially onboarding interns. We endeavour to include whānau in the programme at relevant times and in appropriate ways, in order to maximise the support for interns during their internships and to share the enjoyment and benefits of the programme.
The event begins with a mihi whakatau; mana whenua of Ngāti Whatua welcome interns and whānau. Following an introduction of the internal TupuToa team, interns are invited to take the floor and share their whakapapa/pepeha and stories of triumph and trial - often accounts of hard work and sacrifice by whānau in an effort to see them through to tertiary study. Many whānau members were moved to speak, each expressing gratitude for the opportunity afforded their rangatahi. Chief Executive, Anne Fitisemanu, then conducts an extensive walk through of the programme before concluding with a World Café activity where interns connect with all whānau present.