Relationships and sexuality education - webinar

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Hearing from diverse Waitaha voices

This webinar was held on 14 June 2022 and focused on thinking and planning the implementation of the Relationships and Sexuality Education guides from the Ministry of Education. 

The guides have been designed to ensure learning about relationships and sexuality is not left to chance.

It brought together diverse voices and insights from Waitaha (Canterbury) across three communities: Māori, Samoan, and rainbow.

Consideration was given to working with the guides in a meaningful way, and creating actionable outcomes. Participants were given the opportunity to ask questions of the following presenters, and Ministry representatives, and to consider what the guidelines might mean in their learning community.

Perspectives on Relationships and Sexuality education were provided by:

  • Maire Kipa, Health advocate, Kahukura Pounamu
  • Jeremy Faumuinā, NZ Police, Moana Vā
  • Rose Cook, InsideOUT
  • Kathryn O’Connell-Sutherland, Te Mahau
  • Lex Davis, CORE Education


Watch the recording of the live webinar held 14 June 2022 


  • Who was this webinar for?

    Who was this webinar for? Who was this webinar for?

    Kaiako, curriculum leaders, health teachers, counsellors and any educator involved in sexuality education

  • Listen to the podcast about this webinar

    Listen to the podcast about this webinar Listen to the podcast about this webinar

    Relationships and sexuality education for takatāpuhi and how teachers can support them

    In this podcast, CORE Kaihuawaere Ngaio Matua and Accredited Facilitator, Lex Davis discusses his experiences as takatāpui and an educator. Here are some key quotes:

    'I sat there wishing the world could swallow me wasn't a safe space.'

    'It was hard to juggle all those little aspects of my personality, in my head and in my heart'

    'I could be who I was holistically'

    'If you can listen and offer a safe place to be. That can be potentially life-saving to be honest.'

    Listen now

  • Free resource

    Free resource Free resource

    This free story-based resource, “Message to myself — what would you tell yourself at
    8-years-old?” was created by LumberJacquesArtShed and shared at the webinar.

    It includes reflections from the speakers on the panel.

    Share it with colleagues or use it to challenge yourself. Consider what you might need to do to create safer learning spaces so that Māori, Pasifika and LGBTQIA+ learners can thrive in their identities and in all they do.

    Download the resource