Pre-Cutting Edge 2019 Māori Caucus, Ōrākei Marae

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Orakei marae on Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) a historic Māori venue for the Pre-Cutting Edge 2019, Māori Caucus hui was held last month.

Alec Hawke (Ngāti Whātua leader ) and Ken Kerehoma (Odyssey Cultural advisor) alongside nga whānau commenced the hui in true Ngāti Whātua style, with kōrero of character and mana; of wairua and waiata.

Dr Maria Baker (Pouwhakahaere Matua Te Rau Ora) keynote for the Hui Maori shared of the opportunities ahead – specifically so for Māori addiction-related harm.  Maria used the Socrates proverb “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” The new including the New Zealand cannabis referendum to be held at the 2020 New Zealand general election on the question of whether to legalise the personal use of cannabis.

Key messages from the hui were:

  • A call to action by the  Māori Addiction Sector for the exploration, creation, and implementation of a National regulated Te Ao Māori Addiction Workforce body.
  • Mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau  to develop a Te Ao Māori Alcohol and other drugs Collective to promote, support, and advocate on behalf of tāngata whaiora, whānau, and ngā kaimahi.
  • Tautoko to other rohe to create Local Te Ao Māori Alcohol and other drug Collectives for the same or similar reasons.
  • Mana whenua will ensure whānau actively engage in Māori addiction leadership positions and WILL be supported and held accountable through tikanga.
  • Mana whenua will actively support and promote the integration of Te Reo Māori into all aspects of Alcohol and other drugs and mental health with a special emphasis on modalities of healing.
  • Mana whenua WILL support the development of education pathways and employment for our whānau that have ‘lived the journey of addiction’. Matauranga Māori will feature highly in this space.
  • Mana whenua WILL partner with anyone who shares our Te Ao Māori philosophy and tikanga approaches to Alcohol and other drugs.

A final message:

Ngāti Whātua Orākei send their gratitude to all whānau and tāngata whaiora who helped host the national hui. Your aroha, mauri, and wairua were key ingredients in ensuring a safe space of manaaki for our manuhiri.