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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