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’.
Traditional healing a pathway to wellbeing
The Ōtautahi Māori Health Services Directory was launched in December 2018 and is helping to increase whānau accessibility to Ōtautahi Māori healers, and Māori wellbeing practitioners.
All Right? Mental Health Promoter Vaea Coe says the directory is the first of its kind in the South Island. “It’s about having access to Māori knowledge and ways of being,” says Coe.
‘We want whānau to have access to a range of Māori service and activity providers that they can connect to that has value and meaning for them”.
The Ōtautahi Māori Health Services Directory was created by All Right? with support from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Tū Pono – Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau.
Latest Māori Health Publications
Māori Health Tools, Models and Strategies
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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.
Issue 14 – August 2019
Nau mai haere mai ki Te Mana Ora. As we find ourselves moving past the shortest day of the year towards the warmth of koanga (spring), the longer afternoons and the subtle shifts in the earth’s energies are always a welcome reprieve from the cold of takurua (winter). Winter in the Māori world – like all seasons – has its place. Matariki provides us the space and time to stay warm, to share histories, whakapapa and lament those who we have lost during the year past. He mihi aroha nui ki a rātou kua whetūrangitia, haere, haere, haere atu rā.
We also have the opportunity to look toward the coming year and to welcome those who bring new energies into our workplaces and into our whānau.
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.