Making a difference for Māori health
Community and Public Health is committed to ensuring positive Māori health outcomes and reducing inequities. 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 Māhutonga) 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 is working with Māori to assist and to strengthen whānau, hapū and iwi – in addition to liaising with non-Māori.
Community and Public Health works in Māori settings such as Marae, Kura and Kōhanga Reo. Staff aim to support Māori communities 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’.
Karawhiua: Protecting whānau is what we do
We can be proud of what we have done to protect each other from COVID-19.
Let’s not waste our hard mahi. We still need to protect our whānau and communities from COVID-19.
It’s your choice to get vaccinated. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is FREE. There will be enough vaccine for everyone aged 16 and over to get the two doses they need to be protected against COVID-19.
Getting two doses of the vaccine will give you and your whānau the best protection. The vaccine is especially important to safeguard our kuia and kaumātua, hapū Māmā and others who are more likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19. It will also help protect our tamariki and those who cannot yet be vaccinated against the virus.
Getting vaccinated protects us by stopping the spread of the virus. If most of us are vaccinated, we can also reduce the risk of outbreaks which can lead to lockdowns and put our health system under pressure.
The COVID-19 vaccine teaches the immune system to recognise and fight the virus. It can’t give you the disease because it does not contain the virus, or a dead or inactivated virus, or anything
that can affect our DNA. The vaccine is gone completely from your body within a few days, leaving your immune system ready for action if COVID-19 comes near you.
Dementia app For Māori launches
University of Auckland media release: 30th March 2021
An app to help Māori affected by mate wareware (dementia) and to raise awareness of the disease has been launched.
The app is called Mate Wareware and was developed by researchers from the University of Auckland and AUT University following the largest-ever study of Māori affected by dementia. “Kaumatuatanga Ō Te Roro – The Ageing Brain” found the disease is poorly understood within Māori communities and whānau have difficulty accessing information that might help.
Dr Makarena Dudley from the University of Auckland and Brain Research New Zealand, says she is delighted that the app is now in the hands of those who need it.
“The Mate Wareware app has been developed to be Māori-friendly and has been co-created through collaboration with end-users such as kaumātua and whānau who helped identify topics, and user-tested it,” she says.
“Tikanga Māori is central to the app, with an introduction and karakia by kaumātua, and everyone featured in it is Māori – from the social worker to the whānau affected by mate wareware.”
Topics covered in the app include what mate wareware is and what Māori understandings of it is, the types and causes of it, how to look after whānau who are affected by it and how to identify if someone might be suffering from it.
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Hauora and oranga resources from the All Right? campaign
Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing exercise developed by Rawiri Hindle and supported by the All Right? campaign. Three new Hikitia te Hā videos have been developed after the success of the first one. The exercises are extended into tai chi, taiaha and yoga.
All Right? has created season-based activities that whānau can do together. Vaea Coe (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou) from the All Right? team says “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”.
He Tohu Ora is part of the Canterbury Wellbeing Index and presents indicators that reflect a Māori view of wellbeing. 19 indicators were selected on the basis of a te ao Māori worldview and the availability of suitable quantitative data.
For example you can find information on:
- how many Māori in Canterbury can speak and understand te reo;
- how Māori rate their whānau wellbeing and their own quality of life; and
- how important Māori feel taha wairua and engagement in Māori culture are to their wellbeing.
Whānau, community leaders and policy makers are encouraged to explore the data and use it to put the wellbeing of Māori at the front and centre of decision making.
He Tohu Ora was developed in liaison with Ngāi Tahu and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.