by Jaine Cronin, Pūkenga Manaaki (Whānau Ora Navigator)
The kaumātua of Te Piki Oranga Whakatū rōpū celebrated Kirihimete (Christmas) with a lunch out and a massage. The massage was a surprise for the kaumātua and it occurred a week before the lunch as it would not have been appropriate to hold it at the lunch.
The massage was given to the kaumātua at the hui on Wednesday 5 December 2018 at the Jaycee Room, Founders Park. Sara, the massage therapist, had a massage chair and Jaine provided a privacy screen. The feedback from 15 kaumātua and one staff member was very positive enjoying a 10-15-minute massage. Many of them wanted Sara’s number so they could arrange massages with her privately. One koroua mentioned that after the massage he had movement in a shoulder that he hadn’t been able to move for years. Another attendee, who suffers a brain injury, and usually doesn’t let people touch his head, asked for (and received) a head massage from Sara.
The lunch was held at the Anchor Bar and Grill down at the marina. Tables were decorated with tinsel, honeysuckle and Christmas Crackers. Meals were pre-ordered from a set menu. Kaumātua started arriving just before 11:30 a.m. and lunch started at 12. They all received a certificate with a comment personalised to them regarding an achievement or positive personality trait observed at our hui. The feedback from all of them was positive and that they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.