E Tū Whānau has partnered with the Upper Central Zone Rugby League to develop an ‘E Tū Tāne’ strategy that nurtures ‘good blokes’ on and off the field.
Upper Central Zone General Manager, Sash Stosic is a strong advocate and kahukura (leader) of the E Tū Whānau kaupapa. He says that its values and focus on positive reinforcement, align perfectly with the codes’ philosophy, both on and off the field.
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“If we tell a player, ‘don’t drop the ball’, they’re more likely to drop it. However, if we say, ‘get your hands up, keep your eye on the ball’, they are likely going to catch it.”
Sash says that tāne, like most humans, don’t respond well to being told that they’re doing something wrong all the time. “But if they’re supported and encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and behaviour, they’ll be more receptive to change.”