Whakatāne Marae Pamper Day A Success
Thursday, 08 Nov 2018
Pampering up to 20 nannies from Ngāi Taiwhakaea with hair and beauty treatments is paying off in more ways than one for Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
And now, Hairdressing Tutor Jewelle Lloyd says she is hoping to use the pamper day as a template for others like it across the district.
The day involved Level 3 and 4 New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing students, who study at the Institute’s Whakatāne Campus, offering nannies haircuts, blow-waves and sets at Te Paroa Marae last week. They were joined by their counterparts studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy and New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skincare, who provided manicures and hand massages.
Jewelle says the day was organised to provide students with more clients to practice their craft on. However, she says there were more benefits from the day than just consolidating skill-sets.
“I had seen a need to pamper the nannies at the marae as they are often the hard workers behind the scenes with little reward. My students are predominantly Maori, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try and make this happen.
“I shared my thoughts with one of our regular clients and she was delighted. She liaised with her marae and helped us set it all up.”
Jewelle says before going out to the marae some of the students were nervous because they didn’t want to disappoint the nannies, but once they were there it was a beautiful day filled with so many highlights.
“The feeling of the whole day was awesome. Seeing the girls smiling and singing away, then watching the nannies smiling and some being so comfortable they were able to have a wee snooze was awesome."
“Many of the ladies at the marae shared with us that they don’t go to a salon, instead they get family to do their cut and colours at home. So, it was a neat way for the students to show their whanau their skills that they have learned and for the nannies to be spoilt.”
She says students confirmed they had benefitted from the experience and so she hoped to organise future pamper days at other marae in the area.
“For me it was a day I will never forget. I have wanted to do this for years and haven’t been able to connect with someone from a marae enough to make it happen.
“But now, I am hopeful that we will be able to grow our relationships so that we can do something similar at other marae around the area. I would love to be able to organise to do it twice a year and I would be very keen on having a male pamper day too. I would love to hear from people from marae in the area who would be keen on doing this.”
Jewelle says she also appreciated the support she received from Hairdressing and Beauty Programme Manager Tania Berryman, who recognised that it would be a great for the beauty students to also be involved as well as those studying hairdressing, and fellow Tutor Huey Ruruhe, who helped with the pohiri protocols.