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True Colours – Honouring the Mother

Contact us at True Colours – Honouring the Mother


+64 21 541 440


Group Meetings
Lifezone Church, 7 Oak, Lane
Judea, Tauranga

Online via Zoom

Excerpt from recent research:

“the findings advocate for a comprehensive reinvestment in perinatal services and education, integrated at multiple societal, community and whānau levels. The goal is to embrace, educate, and empower parents and their communities, recognising their vital role in raising the next generation and promoting an enjoyable parenting experience while supporting mental wellbeing” – Michelle Hall, October 2023.


Barrett, N. M., Burrows, L., Atatoa-Carr, P., & Smith, L. T. (2022). Hapū Wānanga: A kaupapa māori childbirth education class for māori and non-māori māmā hapū and whānau. MAI Journal, 11(1), 50-68.

Carter, R., Cust, F., & Boath, E. (2018). Peer support workers' experiences of supporting women with postnatal depression: a constant comparative exploration. Journal of reproductive and infant psychology, 36(2), 168-176.

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Gabel, K. (2019). Poipoia Te Tamaiti Ki Te Ūkaipō: Theorising māori motherhood. Mana Wahine Reader Vol 2 A Collection of Writings 1999-2019, 165-177.

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Guarin, Y. (2017). A postpartum support group for women experiencing postpartum depression: a grant proposal [Masters, California State University]. USA.

Holden, G., Corter, A. L., Hatters-Friedman, S., & Soosay, I. (2020). Brief Report. A qualitative study of maternal mental health services in New Zealand: Perspectives of Māori and Pacific mothers and midwives. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 12(2), e12369.

Low, F., Gluckman, P., & Poulton, R. (2021). Intergenerational Disadvantage: Why maternal mental health matters.

Markowitz, F. E. (2015). Involvement in mental health self-help groups and recovery. Health sociology review : the journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association, 24(2), 199-212.

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa. (2018). Are you OK? ...Really? A resource about perinatal mental health for care providers. Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa.

Smith, R. (2015). Purposeful conception : customary traditions and contemporary applications of Te Whare Tangata in the creation of wellbeing [Thesis, Massey University]. MASSEY UNIVERSITY's Institutional Repository. Palmerston North.

The Helen Clark Foundation. (2022). Āhurutia Te Rito It takes a village: How better support for perinatal mental health could transform the future for whānau and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Wilkinson, C., Gluckman, P., & Low, F. (2022). Perinatal mental distress: An under-recognised concern. University of Auckland Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures.

Yates-Smith, A. (2003). 'Reclaiming the Ancient Feminine in Maori Society.' 'Kei wareware i a tatou te Ukaipo!'. He Puna Korero: Journal of Maori and Pacific Development, 4(1), 10.

Yeaton-Massey, A., & Herrero, T. (2019). Recognizing maternal mental health disorders: beyond postpartum depression. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 31(2).