To contribute towards transforming Hauora Māori from one of our country’s most significant health risks to one of our most outstanding achievements for the people of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
While targeted at Māori clients/whānau, Rongoā providers work within Māori -centric paradigm of Kaitiakitanga, Kotahitanga, Manaakitanga, Aroha, Tika, and Pono; therefore, services will also be available to and include the people of other cultures who choose these services. This investment will allow for the operational management, implementation and evaluation of the Traditional Rongoā Māori services and programs based in Te Hiku o te Ika and surrounding districts of Te Tai Tokerau.
Rongoā Māori is an informed body of knowledge that has, as its core, the enhancement of Māori wellbeing. In this way, Rongoā Māori differs from a Western medical paradigm, whose focus is primarily the absence of health, wellbeing and treatments/interventions to return to a state of health. Traditional healing is formulated in a Māori cultural context, in which the understanding of events leading to ill health and its impacts are addressed through a range of culturally bounded responses. These responses include
There will be a focus on whānau/patients that chose not to attend their clinics or not accessing care from GP services in the community. Priority groups would include
The Rongoā māori service delivery model is “Te Kauwae Runga Te Kauwae Raro“, a traditional Tikanga Māori approach to assessment and care planning. The services will be provided in rural and urban community spaces, preferably marae, and outside of clinical settings during regular business hours. However, where requested by the whanau or client deemed safe and appropriate by THMCT, the Rongoā Māori Provider may consider providing services in an alternative environment.
THMCT service objectives respond to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the need to mitigate the impact of external threats to whanau, hapu, Iwi and Māori communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
THMCT Rongoā Māori providers are deemed Essential Workers, and they are prepared to be frontline, providing services for whānau, hapū and Iwi. They will ascertain data and information on service delivery uptake. THMCT Rongoā Māori Providers will collaborate with broader stakeholders that support the success of their initiatives, particularly Māori organisations, including hapu and iwi authorities, to deliver services that meet the needs of whanau, hapu and Iwi.
Services will be integrated with other associated services as appropriate to ensure continuity of care, considering the intended holistic approach and kaupapa Māori principles. All services will maintain effective linkages with local agencies involved in the Covid-19 response and essential health and disability services delivery.
Of the people, for the people, by the people: He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Enabling Māori to access culturally appropriate care rooted in Māori values nurtures cultural identity and affirms the legitimacy of mātauranga Māori (Ahuriri-Driscoll, Baker, Hepi & Hudson, 2009).
Anecdotal evidence shows that there is high usage of these services by whānau throughout Te Tai Tokerau. Whānau has called for widespread, fully funded Rongoā Māori services to be available and support that by collecting data and information within a Tikanga Māori settings. This will contribute to normalising practices and services, thereby contributing to transforming Hauora Māori from one of our country's most significant health risks to one of our most outstanding achievements for the people of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
In December 2019, the community engagement and consultation phase of the Rongoā Māori Project was completed. Previous wider engagement in 2018/19 with whānau and stakeholders in Te Tai Tokerau brought about their collective vision "Happy whānau, Healthy Whānau, Our Voices are Heard" and a clear call for Rongoā Māori services to be an integral health service pathway. Feedback and areas of prioritisation have been captured in the document "Te Reo o Te Iwi" and subsequently reaffirmed in the Northland DHB Transition Plan, June 2019 - December 2020.
One of the service gaps identified by whānau was limited and, in some instances, lack of access to Rongoā Māori services for whānau, hapū and Iwi. This is completely appropriate given the outcome of the Waitangi Tribunal Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry (Wai 2575 claim), which supported claimants critique of the lack of mātauraga Māori in health.
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te houtaewa challenge
The youth version of a Marathon Team Relay. Exactly the same in terms of requirements to participate but sponsored by Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust to ensure that this korero will be here for Mokopuna of tomorrow.
This is created by Tamariki for Tamariki, following in the footsteps of our Tupuna and the Wero “Te Houtaewa Challenge”, known for his incredible athletic abilities.
In teams of six, you will form a relay team where you will all participate in the 42km Marathon course, each completing 6km of the journey towards the finish line of Paripari Domain, Ahipara. At the end of the relay, you will be welcomed into a festival where your whanau and friends are encouraged to come along to help cheer you and your team in.
Anyone that’s a taitamariki/youth!
Taitamariki/youth is any persons between the ages of 13 – 22 years old, so anyone aged between 13 – 22 years old can enter and be part of the Taitamariki Ultra Team Relay Challenge.
We want this challenge to be inclusive to all youth in our community so we encourage anyone in this age range to come together, form a team and take part in the challenge!
We want to break down the financial barriers for our taitamariki (youth) in order for them to be a part of this challenge! Register a team and together decide, what and how you will contribute.
KOHA – (Maori custom of a gift, present, offering, donation, or contribution) toward this event.
It is up to you to form a team! You can team up together with classmates from school, like a sports team, as a church group, as a whanau or just as a unique team!
Some things to know
The challenge takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 at 8:15 AM.
The challenge begins at Hukatere on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) and finishes at PariPari Domain, 163 Foreshore Road, Ahipara. 19
As this race takes place on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach), we recommend 4×4 wheel drive vehicle in order to handle the soft terrain.
The relay is a 6-person team with each team member running a distance of 6km. The changeover will be in accordance with standard rules whereby athletes must touch hands in the designated transition area.
In case of injury or illness during the race which forces the athlete to abandon the competition, the next stage runner may start immediately after an official has verified the situation.
All participants are expected to carry a kumara and every team relay member to collect and carry the additional kumara at each designated station. Teams must All cross over the finish line together. All participants are to “return a kumara” to the Village Pātaka.
Your team must supply their own 4×4 vehicle with a designated team driver who will be there to support the running members by driving along the beach to the start point of each leg.
Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo, te tuakiri tangata.Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako!Ko Kurahaupo te wakaKo Pohurihanga te rangatiraKo Maungapiko te maungaKo Parengarenga te moanaKo Waiora te maraeKo Ngāti Kuri te iwiHe uri tēnei nō ngā iwi o Muriwhenua. Kua roa nei te wā e noho ana ki te rohe o Ngāti kahuwhakaako tamariki ana.