Tūmata Kōkiritia: Shifting the Paradigm Wānanga

In April 2017, Te Kete Pounamu (National Voice for Māori with lived experience of Mental Health and/or Addictions), held a hui to kōrero about their insights, experiences, and aspirations regarding improving health outcomes for Māori.   Four consistent themes were present in the discussions;

  • Tino Rangatiratanga (self-determination, autonomy),
  • Mana enhancing practices,
  • Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), and
  • Kotahitangata (unity).

Participants of the April hui suggested a noho wānanga to “create a space of healing from Te Ao Māramatanga” through whakawhanaungatanga (making connections) and the celebration of mātauranga Maori.  As a result, the Tūmata Kōkiritia – Shifting the Paradigm wānanga was developed and delivered in October of the same year.      This wānanga advocated for change in the health system including whaiora Māori knowledge and leadership:

  • Whaiora Māori want to be part of ensuring effective services,
  • A Māori workforce with lived experience that provides the service and how it should be supported, and
  • The inclusion of Mātauranga Māori as the foundation for service provision.

To learn more about Tūmata Kōkiritia - Shifting the Paradigm wānanga you can read the report in the Publications and Resources section of our website.  


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