‘Tirohia atu ki ngā Kōmata-o-te Rangi kia tūrama ai te ara oranga Māori’
Look up to the highest zenith to illuminate the path to Māori wellbeing
Ngā Kōmata-o-te-Rangi – Hauora Hinengaro Māori Mental Health and Addiction Hui was held at Mangatoatoa Paa, Tokanui. Te Rau Ora had the opportunity to co-host this important Hui in conjunction with other local and regional stakeholders, including Te Rōpū Tautoko ki Waikato, Te Huinga o Ngā Pou Hauora (Midland Mental Health & Addiction Māori Leadership Network) and Waikato DHB. Supporting Sponsors also included Careerforce (te toi pūkenga), Pinnacle PHO, Hauraki PHO, Bay of Plenty DHB and Lakes DHB.
The hui was a call for Māori to take a proactive stance for our mental health and to realise a vision of Oranga Tangata, Oranga Whānau, Oranga Taiao, Oranga Māori together.
Hui aims and objectives:
- To acknowledge our achievements, where we have come, and where we need to go from here.
- To showcase, local and national Māori approaches that work for our people and how these types of wellbeing programmes can be implemented.
- Realising Pae Ora, Oranga Tangata, Oranga Whānau, Oranga Taiao, for our people.
- To explore and agree to a clear action-orientated pathway for Hauora Hinengaro Māori 2019 to 2030.
Purposefully held at Mangatoatoa Pa as the area of Tokanui and a significant place in the development of the first Kaupapa Māori mental health services (1984) in Aotearoa.
The programme consisted of a wide variety of national and local speakers, facilitated discussions as well as haukainga (local marae) presentations. Speakers such as Sir Mason Durie, Dr Rees Tapsell, Rovina Maniapoto-Anderson, Dr Maree McCracken, Materoa Mar, Riki Nia Nia, Dr Maria Baker, Mark Kopua, Dr Diana Rangihuna-Kopua, and Jamesina Kett.