Maori, Policy

Maori public health leaders agree three areas for action

image-for-maori-public-health-hui-story   Three key project areas were agreed at a recent hui taumata (summit) of Māori Public Health Leaders at Te Ohāki Marae in Huntly. The three agreed areas of focus are to:   1. provide support infrastructure like communications, a clearing house, agenda setting and a mobilisation plan (dubbed He Mahi Kaitiaki). 2.promote action around institutional racism 3.foster wider social and political change.   All three of the projects will be interconnected: aiming to increase participation in Public Health dialogue, increase a sense of collective responsibility to make change and challenge the current political arrangements in health to do better.   The project ideas will seek further support and mandate at the national annual hui being held at Turangawaewae Marae this 14-15th November.   The hui drew on the knowledge of Māori public health Leadership programme graduates to develop a plan of action for Māori public health.  Led by Tania Hodges of Digital Ltd and Grant Berghan, Public Health Consultant hui asked the question “If there was just one thing we could do as leaders…?” The agreed focus areas were arrived-at following two days of intense and challenging discussion, with debate focussed on improving health for Māori communities and whānau.   There are nearly 500 graduate members of the programme, with membership of the alumni  covering the length and breadth of the Aotearoa New Zealand and involves people from a wide gamut of Public Health.  There was much discussion around the importance of mobilising this expertise to improve Māori health outcomes.   Te Ohāki Marae itself was a significant venue for the summit, with historical references to Te Kirihaehae Te Puea Herangi who famously placed a stake in the ground where the marae and wharenui was to be situated. For the attendees at the hui the stake was seen to symbolise the point from which stronger Māori public health action would be advanced.   Further information: The Health Promotion Forum offers training in several areas specific to Māori health.  Click here to find out more about our workshops and other training opportunities. Read about Māori health models here. Click here to find out about the Maori Public Health Leadership course.   Wordle created by Papatuanuku Nahi Article created: 15 October 2013