E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana | The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way

PADA Educator Liora Noy

In August, Liora had an amazing opportunity to present an hour and half workshop at the national GP conference. She was given the biggest room and longest time slot in the whole conference, held in the TSB arena in Wellington. Almost 200 GPs chose the session, and the feedback was resounding and wonderful, showing how valuable and important Maternal Mental Health education is to all medical professionals.

In September, Liora held a half day workshop in Queenstown, attended by over 50 midwives, nurses, social workers, space facilitators and mental health practitioners. Feedback was extremely positive.

Liora presented a webinar for all the SPACE facilitators in the country in October. Since it was broadcasted and recorded, she has received many emails with excellent questions from the facilitators; the personal development opportunities are needed and it sparked lots of good thinking and discussions.

Also in October Liora presented to a group of amazingly dedicated ECE teachers in Dunedin. A great evening with lots of discussion during the event itself and in very thoughtful conversations and responses through email afterwards.


PADA Educator Liora Noy presenting on a PADA Popup Chat in 2020

Jo and Liora cooperated in facilitating a whole day seminar for all the Tu Ora HIPS (Health Improvement Practitioners) in Wellington and the Hutt Valley. It was a very rewarding day even though it was in zoom, with good use of break out rooms we managed to create great conversations. The participants reflected that they had learned a lot and it had given them many extra tools and materials to reflect on.

AUT have announced that with Liora’s support and active involvement in creating the curriculum, a new post graduate course on maternal mental health has been born; Perinatal Mental Health HEAL862 (15 Points). This is available for all healthcare providers.


Liora is also assisting the Mental Health Foundation in rewriting their very well used resource on Postnatal Depression.

Liora’s final workshop this year is for the Hutt Parent Centre educators learning.

Liora continues her personal development having attended virtual lectures on Postnatal OCD, part of the international conference on OCD recently held.

Thank you to Zonta District 16 for funding Liora’s PADA Educator role.

PADA Educator Joanne Rama


Due to Covid-19, Hine Tu Hine Ora training, presented by PADA Kaumātua Joanne Rama has been held online via Zoom which enabled us to open it up to those outside of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Hine Tu Hine Ora is a workshop that informs and inspires all those working with whānau Māori on providing culturally competent care.

Jo held training sessions on 17 September, 20 September, 19 October for a mix of midwives, midwifery students, lactation consultants, counsellors, Plunket nurses, social workers and lastly on 24 November for Ohomairangi Trust in Tāmaki Makaurau.
PADA Kaumātua and Educator Joanne Rama presenting on a PADA Popup Chat in Hepetema 2021
“Thank you for the substitution of online zoom for face-to-face karaehe. Kaiako Jo has a great sense of connectedness to everything and our role as kaitiaki for parents. She interwove culture in a very personable but considered way, there were tears and yet those tears were held safely (online very difficult to achieve). I have never learned about the pain of Māori in such a way through applied practices and cultural pedagogy, that for me was an eye opener!”
“Jo is amazing. I’m very keen to experience tikanga Maori and understand the meaning of it. The way she did whanaungatanga at the beginning of every session, I like to learn more Maori tikanga in this practical ways. I realized that things I thought I knew could be different when you see them in practice”
All of our Popup Chats are available to view here.