Hauora - Health initiatives

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu deliver a wide variety of health literacy initiatives throughout Te Waipounamu.

Key factors in health literacy initiatives include:

• Individuals and whānau are able to make informed decisions and can access and navigate appropriate, quality and timely health services.

• Individuals and whānau are partners in actively managing their own health and wellbeing, and they take opportunities to provide feedback on health services they use and contribute to quality improvement programmes.

• Individuals and whānau can obtain, process and understand health materials. 

Waihopai - Kaumātua Health Day

The aim of this initiative was to promote health with a specific focus on kaumātua across Murihiku. The day assists kaumātua to be confident, and wiser in all medical challenges that creep-up on them.

This fun and relaxed hui is an opportunity not only for a catch-up and a kai but also for our kaumātua to have a range of health checks including blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, hearing and anything else that may need checking.

Knowledgeable health expert speakers, exercise and singing are a part of this day. A key component of the day is for local knowledge on how to keep homes warm, body circulation, movement of the tinana to wellbeing and being confidently informed on how to use medication.

Central Otago – Uruuruwhenua - Kaumātua Health Day

Central Otago whānau delivered an event for kaumatua to come together for a fun, educational day of health and literacy. They brought together local Māori health professionals to korero with kaumātua on key practical services that are available for whānau in their rohe.

The event gave kaumātua support to access pathways, up to date information about common health remedies and medical services and support available through agencies such Work and Income, BUPA healthcare, emergency services, and transport to and from the hospital.

Te Hā o Kawatiri - Wānanga o Mirimiri

Te Hā o Kawatiri identified the need and wishes of the community to follow up on previous community rongoā Māori workshops in 2016 and 2017. A wānanga was developed to help whānau learn more about bodywork and massage associated with mirimiri and romiromi.

Te Hā o Kawatiri had showcased rongoā Māori at a previous hui where kaiako, Rewa Skipper spoke as a practitioner of traditional Māori Massage and this event was an extension of this work. The goal of this type of wānanga is to develop and preserve aspects of traditional rongoā Māori and to help ensure whānau have access to, and benefit from, these well-being techniques.

Ārai Te Uru Whare Hauora Limited and Corstorphine Community Hub - Whānau Health and Wellness

Ārai Te Uru Whare Hauora Ltd alongside Corstorphine Community Hub provides a range of whānau-centred activities to engage with whānau around what barriers whānau continue to face when accessing medicines and what is working well for whānau to improve their health. The emphasis of this hauora initiative is to promote ten Whānau Ora champions within the Corstorphine community supporting whānau towards their journey of well-being and healthy lifestyles.

Ārai Te Uru have partnered with other community groups such as Te Kāika, and Aotearoa Kia Ora Hands Limited (KOHA). Corstorphine Community is a community that faces a number of challenges from the isolation from key services that have been removed from this community. They have also offered support in the wake of large business organisations who have moved their operation from Dunedin overseas, which has left a large number of the community out of work.

The Corstorphine Community Hub will hold a health and well-being event involving a number of health professionals, and organisations as an opportunity for whānau to be connected and receive information to support their health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity for whānau to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make informed health decisions.

Tuahiwi, Taumutu and Rehua Marae- Kaumātua Health Day

Three health-focussed events were held for kaumātua across three marae in Ōtautahi. The aim of these events was for health education to be delivered to encourage kaumātua to be confident, wiser in all medical challenges that creep up on them in this generation.

This fun and relaxed hui was an opportunity not only for a catch-up and kai but also for kaumātua to have a range of health checks including blood pressure, weight, blood sugars, hearing and anything else that may need checking. Knowledgeable health speakers, exercise and singing are a part of this day.

Glad 2 B Radically Me - Tokona te Raki

Tokona te Raki developed a peer intervention programme to address self-esteem and bullying. Glad 2 B Radically Me was a one-day experiential workshop for taiohi using a radical self-love model incorporating popular education and group

activities. The workshop explored values, judgement and beliefs about identities and appearance as well as equipping participants with relevant skills for addressing issues and affirming positive attitudes about themselves and their peers.

This event gave whānau an opportunity to connect and receive information to support their health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity for whānau to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make informed health decisions.

The workshop was conducted within a kaupapa Māori paradigm adhering to tikanga associated within a hui setting. Mihi whakatau, karakia and whānaungatanga were observed. Participants and their whānau were treated with respect and manaakitanga. The majority of participants were rangatahi drawn from a number of community networks who responded to the panui. There was significant representation from Pillars an organisation that supports children of prisoners.