Making a difference for Māori health

Te Pae Mahutonga model of Māori Health Promotion.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’.

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.

Significant support goes to Māori and whānau most at risk of COVID-19

Ministry of Health media statement: 10th March 2021

Associate Minister for Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare is pleased to confirm that the timing and sequencing of the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme has a strong focus on protecting Māori whānau.

“The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the largest and most intensive vaccination programme the health sector has ever embarked on and we are ensuring that whānau are at the centre,” Peeni Henare said.

“We know Māori are more likely to be worse off from the effects of COVID-19. That is why Māori needs are at the forefront of the Government’s Vaccination Programme.

“Our plan is simple. First protect whānau most at risk of picking up the virus in their workplace, in doing so reducing the risk of future outbreaks and then protecting our elders who are most at risk of getting seriously ill if they get the virus.

“We know that elder Māori and Pacific peoples are more likely to live with whānau rather than in an aged care facility. This is why from this month we are allocating 40,000 vaccine courses to Māori and Pacific health providers to target vaccinations within the communities they service in order to reach these people.”


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Te Mana Ora Pānui

Nau mai haere mai. This pānui aims to share kōrero on the mahi happening within Community and Public Health and our Māori communities.

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: Find out about Māori wellbeing in greater Christchurch

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.

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