A deeper insight into indigenous intellectual disability services: Whānau (family) perspectives and the impact of COVID-19

Ani Petera

National Pou Tikanga, Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust

In the second part of this plenary session, Ani Petera will talk about indigenous intellectual disability services from her unique position as both a whānau (family) member, and as a member of the Senior Management team within Te Roopu Taurima. Her presentation will centre on the importance of indigenous services to whānau.

After Ani has spoken, Tania and Dr Kelly Tikao will delve deeper into both the challenges and strengths of indigenous intellectual disability services in the context of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.


Ani Petera, her role is National Pou Tikanga. Ani is responsible for upholding tikanga Māori within Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust. Ani co-ordinates the national and regional Korowai Aroha and the regional Pou Tikanga known as Te Roopu Kahui. This is a team of kaumatua and kuia (elders) who provide pastoral care, te reo (language) and tikanga Māori (cultural customs) support to staff, the people we support and their whānau (family). Ani is a valuable member of the Senior Management Team at Te Roopu Taurima, having started her career as a support worker after which she became an Advisor in the Human Resources team. Ani’s late husband was the whānau representative on the Te Roopu Taurima Board and provided work experience for some of the people we support. Ani’s daughter is supported by Te Roopu Taurima.