A group of new mothers had a hands-on first aid session with a difference yesterday.
All of the mums are migrants to New Zealand, so the lesson was not in their first language.
Most understand English quite well, but hand signals and demonstrations helped to get the message across.
English Language Partners Aoraki organised the session.
"There are things they don't know, and that we sometimes take that for granted, particularly if they're dealing with an emergency," English Language Partners Aoraki volunteer Sharon Allen said.
The migrant mothers spent the morning learning what to do in an emergency in New Zealand - calling 111, practising CPR, learning what to do if a child is choking, and mouth to mouth resuscitation.
The group meets once a fortnight, but this is the first time a first aid session has been organised.
Together the women can share the challenges of raising children in a foreign country, which is a difficult task, Ms Allen said.
"Some of the women can be quite anxious about having a baby away from their family.
"It's great that they have each other. They can share information, and ask one another questions and not feel silly," Ms Allen said.
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