As a Māori health agency, we recognise the demand for mātauranga and kaupapa Māori-based delivery is currently outweighing the confidence and capability of some kaimahi Māori. Kaimahi are also driven by their own desire to deliver their mahi in te reo Māori. At a deeper level, te reo Māori remains the whakapapa based right of all Māori. It is also a Treaty based and equity based right, not only of the whānau and tamariki who access health services to have the option of te reo Māori as the main language of communication, but also the right of the kaimahi to speak te reo Māori in their practice.
This has been a complicated space to navigate as it brings forth all the factors of te reo Māori reclamation that kaimahi have personally – and generationally – been impacted by. Furthermore, the dedication that each kaimahi Māori has in their roles towards achieving and sustaining whānau oranga has, at times, come at the sacrifice of their own career and personal goals.
Toi Tangata would like to mihi to Te Mātāwai for funding the 2021 Te Ara Hauora Reo scoping project and to Dr Julie Wharewera-Mika and Mafi Finaki-Tahifote at the MAS Foundation for supporting the 2022 feasibility stage of this work.
Toi Te Kupu is a Māori-to-English and English-to-Māori dictionary about kai, cooking, our body and our mind. The resource was developed in partnership with the Heart Foundation to empower everyone in Aotearoa to have conversations with tamariki and mokopuna about the importance of food and health in te reo Māori. First published in 2014, a new update to this resource has been completed and the 2020 version is now available.
The dictionary includes:
He Kakano – Live to Learn is a co-design framework to create learning environments that meet the needs and aspirations of Māori. It seeks to create a blueprint for change for a national education system that improves hauora Māori. He Kakano is also facilitating the re-design of curriculum and pedagogy, including alignment with current Māori-specific NZQA national standards.
The next step is to see the framework adopted in all schools across South Auckland, and a community of practice to support, guide and advocate for the development of this kaupapa is being formed.
If you are a marae, a community organisation or a school interested in joining a community of practice or learning more about this approach for your kura, we would love to hear from you.
The Ol@-Or@ research project, initially called the Welltext project, aims to create an intervention tool to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes in Māori and Pacific Islanders.
Funded by the Healthier Lives He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, the study works in partnership with Māori and Pasifika communities (with the target age group of 18 years or older) to create and design a mobile health lifestyle support programme (mHealth Tool).
The tool requirements include compatibility over a range of devices such as tablets and smartphones and the capability of supporting healthy lifestyle behaviours, including exercise and eating well.
A large part of our role included working alongside and co-creating an mHealth tool with two communities, Waiwhetu (Poneke) and Te Hā Oranga (Ngāti Whātua) using an approach called co-design. We are using co-design methods to ensure the mHealth tool meets the needs and wants of our end-users.
What is Co-Design?
Co-Design is the principle of participatory design; an approach to design which attempts to actively involve all stakeholders (those impacted by the design) in the design process to make sure the result both meets their needs and is usable. Co-Design enables whānau to make a creative contribution to a solution of a problem.