Kootuitui ki Papakura has had the support of the Southern Initiative (Auckland Council) and an independent consultant in the facilitation of a co-design process (http://www.aucklandco-lab.nz/) to determine the elements of the Homes strand work programme. 
There are some key aspects of this approach which are unique and which align with better outcomes for tamariki, which include:
- it is a whānau-centric process (starts with the lived experience of whānau and involves them throughout the process)
- it builds whānau capacity (two capacity-building workshops have been held with whānau participants)
- it is strengths-based (whānau are recognised as the experts in their lives)
- it is holistic (it seeks to understand all the enablers and barriers that whānau have to supporting better outcomes for their tamariki)
In addition, the Kaupapa Māori Research Framework is weaved into the work at the various stages. 


Application for whānau centric co-design



Hosting whānau in a way that empowers them, and removes any barriers to participation.


Establishing meaningful relationships in culturally appropriate ways.  Engaging whānau in a way which builds trust.

Tino rangatiratanga


Whānau have the autonomy to decide how and when they will participate. Co-decide as well as co-design.



Whānau are the experts in their lives.  Ensuring a balance of power.



Mutually reinforcing learning.

Between August and December 2016, these three phases of the process were completed:
1. ethnography (school boards gave their permission for whānau to be invited to participate and conversations with whānau took place);
2. insight mining and synthesis (conversations with whānau were completed and transcribed);
3. ideation and prototyping (insights raised in these conversations were synthesised into six big ideas (see 'Insights' below) and further refined (during the co-design sprint) and tested (during the sprint and at Christmas in the Pa).

The 18 whānau conversations that took place resulted in six broad themes:
1. Whakawhanautanga: Connectedness and caring for others
2. Safety in the neighbourhood and at school
3. Tōku kainga, Tōku whare: Home - where whānau values are practised and there are some structural issues with homes
4. Aspiring to better futures for tamariki
5. Parenting - the need for self-care and the difficulties associated with blended families and co-parenting
6. Papakura - pride in Papakura and wanting to see it thrive

Co-Design Sprint
This 2-day sprint, held 13th-14th December, began with a discussion of the six insights and whānau decided to design and build solutions around the first three themes. By the end of the second afternoon, three prototypes had been built and were presented by whānau to invited guests who had been identified as key stakeholders in the delivery of programme goals. Guests were asked to think about the prototypes and how they can support the testing and later implementation.

Testing the Prototypes with Whānau at Christmas in the Pa