Te Puna Hauora is our model of care for whānau across Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka o Maui. What is really exciting about working in Te Piki Oranga is that it gives us all the opportunity to work under a Māori model of hauora. Māori health providers have struggled for years to hold on to their cultural values while meeting the expectations of DHB/MOH contracts. Te Piki Oranga was fortunate that those involved in setting up the organisation gave this some thought.
Māori suicide rates are nearly double those of other ethnic groups in New Zealand. Research shows that one reason might be Māori feeling disconnected from their culture. Connection to whakapapa is something Te Piki Oranga emphasises in its kaupapa Māori approach to wellness. Our Kaiwhakatuaraa Rangatahi Sheridan Duncan has a plan to involve rangatahi in a healthy competition to promote wellbeing and help bring down Māori suicide rates.
By Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki / Cultural Advisor
Te Puna Hauora Model is inspired by the many taonga treasures in Te Rohe ō Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka o Maui and refers to Te Puna o Riuwaka, the Source of the Riuwaka.
Te Puna means well up, source, pool, fountain and Hauora means to be well, healthy and welbeing. Te Puna Hauora provides a pathway for whānau and whānau whānui to utilise their puna mātauranga source of knowledge in partnership with Te Piki Oranga staff to create their health plan.
Whānau who attended the Christmas barbeque that was organised by the Te Piki Oranga Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team agreed that everyone had a blast. One mum told us, “Everyone was invited... whānau really meant whānau!”
At the 2017 Marlborough Multicultural Festival, it was all about ‘Promoting unity in diversity’ and our team was there. We also met with dozens of people at Children’s Day in Blenheim where the Tamariki Ora and Public Health teams represented Te Piki Oranga.
By Brenda Chilvers, Te Hā - Stop Smoking Pūkenga Manaaki
For the first-time Māori and Non-Māori Stop Smoking Support Services are working collaboratively to deliver one service across Te Tau Ihu.
Brenda Chilvers our Te Hā - Stop Smoking Pūkenga Manaaki will be providing a free, culturally appropriate client-centred face-to-face service. Appointments are available via referral through our website, 0800 ORANGA (672642), self-referral or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we look forward to working with whānau.
Brenda's hours of work are Monday - Wednesday from 8:30am to 5pm.
A day in the life of a Tamariki ora nurse can be unpredictable, but it’s always rewarding. I’d like to tell you about one of my recent visits to a local whānau where a check on their pepe turned into a good, long chat to others in the whānau about their ora.
Te Piki Oranga has been working with the whānau of Te Tau Ihu for over two years. Now, in our third year, both Te Piki Oranga and Nelson Marlborough Health felt that it would be a good time to evaluate the effectiveness and success of the model of care that was implemented back in 2014.
Disney heroes Maui and Moana are Te Piki Oranga’s newest mascots, telling compelling stories that tamariki relate to, and they have been extremely popular!
We profile Sheridan Duncan, Kai Whakatuarā Rangatahi, and Debbie Kotua, Tamariki Ora Nurse, in the latest pānui.
We’ve got a new website! Read all about our services and how you and your health providers can sign up for them. If you want to refer someone, the website is the place to do it … check it out now!