Making a difference for Māori health
Community and Public Health is committed to ensuring positive Māori health outcomes and reducing inequalities. We have a number of projects that specifically address Māori health needs throughout Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.
Community and Public Health embraces a model of best practice (Te Pae Mahutonga) that promotes and brings together the value of traditional and contemporary viewpoints on Māori wellness and current research to enhance its service delivery.
Our role, in addition to liaison with non-Māori, is working with Māori to assist and to strengthen whānau, hapū and iwi.
Community and Public Health works in Māori settings such as Marae, Kura and Kohanga Reo, to develop Māori communities. This so that they are able to make their own healthy choices, and create their own healthy environments.
Community and Public Health have a valuable role in contributing at a population level to ‘living healthy lifestyles’, ‘participating fully in society’ and ‘confidently participating in te ao Māori’.
The current CDHB Māori Health Action Plan (2017-18) also outlines the key activities that Community and Public Health will contribute to as part of the Canterbury health system to improve Māori Health outcomes.
The Christchurch Māori Health team were previously known as Hauora Matauraka, and prior to January 2011 were based at 242 Manchester Street.
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All Right? has created season-based activities that whānau can do together. Vaea Hutchen (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou) from the All Right? team says it’s no coincidence that the focus is on whānau wellbeing.
“When it comes to the wellbeing of our community, it all comes back to whānau. The activities are all about looking to strengthen the everyday magic that happens within the whānau,” says Vaea.
Traditional Maori values are woven throughout all the activities. “Even really simple things like making a guest a cup of tea is a really important way of showing manaakitanga. People will quickly find that by showing kindness, they’ll more than get it back.”
There’s also a focus on helping whānau connect with the natural environment and sacred places. Activities include exploring Rāpaki, finding the home of Te Pōtiki Tautahi, and discovering Oruapaeroa (Travis Wetlands).
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Contact your local CPH office for further information:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125
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Nau mai haere mai. This pānui aims to share kōrero on the mahi happening within Community and Public Health and our Māori communities.
As a vehicle for promoting positive kōrero on hauora Māori within Waitaha we welcome all of your contributions to ensure that kaupapa relating to Māori health are being shared and celebrated within our rohe.
We are excited to bring you news and information on upcoming events in tāne ora, Māori men’s health promotion, whānau ora, wāhine ora, and kaupapa supporting our rangatahi and tamariki.
It will also be a vehicle for distributing public health messages and regular profiles introducing the kaimahi Māori across Canterbury who work tirelessly to support our communities.
New online tool puts the focus on Māori men’s health
Mana Tāne Ora o Aotearoa (the National Māori Men’s Health Coalition), has launched the Tāne Ora Health Indicator tool.
“The Māori Men’s Health Indicator tool identifies key priority areas that we need to focus on if Māori men are to be enabled to fulfill their potential as the best fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and leaders at home, at school, at work and in the community,” says Chair Riki Nia Nia.
The Tāne Ora tool looks at six primary health and wellbeing indicators:
- heart disease;
- mental health;
- education achievement; and
- being in employment, or currently in education or training programmes.