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Maori identity is the key philosophy behind the Māori Concepts of Health Promotion workshop says the course facilitator and Deputy Executive Director of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, Trevor Simpson. The workshop held in Wairoa on May 7 and Blenheim (registrations still open) on June 1 aims to introduce participants to shared understandings of traditional Māori concepts, ideologies and practices in relation to health and wellbeing. Additionally the workshop will consider how these ideas may be used to inform modern-day approaches to Māori health promotion planning, implementation and evaluation. “The course looks at world views and how those traditional world views can inform contemporary Māori practice,” says Mr Simpson. With the recent developments in relation to Whanau Ora the programme provides a basis for discussion in terms of what constitutes a well Māori community and whether traditional knowledge has the potential to elevate Māori health status and improve Māori health outcomes. To register or for more information on the Blenheim workshop contact Emma Frost at or 09 300 3734 or click here. The workshop will be held at St John, Marlborough, 93 Seymour St, Blenheim. Map Course Facilitator, Trevor Simpson is the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Health Promotion Strategist with the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. Trevor has a background in community development, Māori social development, Treaty settlements and Māori health promotion. He is committed to Māori health promotion as an important vehicle to improving Māori health outcomes and Māori community development.