Welcome to the 2019 Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference

Enriched Family, Enhanced Care 

COINN 2019, New Zealand offers an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the contribution of families in the care of preterm and sick babies in newborn units globally, in a range of cultural contexts.

Around the world, the family unit is fundamental to the successful recovery of newborns, providing growth, strength, resilience and unity.

In New Zealand, the original inhabitants of the land and indigenous people are called ‘Māori.’ In Māori culture, Mokopuna (descendants) are embraced within Whānau (family), Hapū (extended family) and Iwi (society).

According to Māori lore, Harakeke, a flax bush commonly used for weaving represents the concept of interdependency and unity of the Māori family and society. This is called Te Pā Harakeke. Te Pā Harakeke helps us understand the important links between family members and new-borns.

In Māori culture, Whānau (family) are a part of an interconnected world of tribe and a sub tribe of the living and the dead. Although whānau members may live far apart or even overseas, their ties remain strong.

Te Pā Harakeke reminds us that all members of the family must take on the care of our babies, so they grow strong; Parents, Grandparents, Brothers & Sisters and Hapū (extended family)



Brothers & Sisters



Tērā tētahi whakataukī rongonui a te Māori e kōrerohia ana mō Te Pā Harakeke me te whakarite i te āhua o tērā tipu ki te whānautanga ki te Ao. He kupu whakarite te Pā Harakeke mō te kotahitanga o ngā whānau katoa, puta I te Ao. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Native to New Zealand and intimate to Māori culture, the flax plant was used by Māori as a material for weaving baskets, skirts and the Wahakura, a traditional Māori bassinet. The flax plant is commonly used as a metaphor to pull the Whānau/Family thread together in unity, around the world.